Summer is here… in Alaska

Summer is here…
The past few weeks have been very exciting as the snow in the Matanatsu Valley has melted and you see campers, four wheelers and the landscape change from white to green!
Or not quite yet…
This week a fresh blanket of snow has draped the mountains like a polar bear coat. It hasn’t stopped the hikers, bikers and campers flooding into the state.
Crisis & Trauma Care
I’ve been blessed the past few months to meet with many groups and individuals who share my passion for crisis and trauma care. There are so many warriors God is using to shine His marvelous light through to overcome the darkness that cause Alaskans so much trauma.
Heroin Overdoses
During the month of May, there has been a dramatic increase in heroin overdoses in Anchorage. Emergency personnel are arriving on the deadly scenes but have also saved many lives using a drug called Narcan. Please pray for hope, restoration and recovery for those who have overdosed and those who have lost family members and friends to overdoses.

Sex-Trafficking in Alaska
I had the joy of attending a Priceless Mentorship training (part of Love Alaska). This wonderful organization has multitudes who are responding to the call of helping young women and girls recover from the trap of sex-trafficking.  I want to visit the many young women who have been arrested for prostitution and are currently in detention centers here.
Dairy Farmers in Palmer Alaska
Part of New Deal
It was at the Priceless training I made a new friend. Naomi Hanks. Her mother was one of the six daughters of Paul and Margaret Nelson.  In 1933 Margaret married Paul Nelson at the age of 20. In the spring of 1935, Paul and Margaret became one of the 350 families that moved to the Matanuska Valley as part of the Valley Project. Youngest of all the colonists, they lived in the tent city in Palmer until October 1935 while their housing was being built on the Butte (now the reindeer farm). You can read more about their story by clicking here…

Every Tongue and Tribe
Since I came here last November I have met so many people from all over the world. There are 100’s of people from every tongue and tribe! A lot is happening here in Alaska and I still have so much to learn and look forward to.  Our God is amazing!  I am so thankful to be part of helping others find hope in the midst of crisis and trauma and making new friends like Naomi.  There are many opportunities to share the hope and new life that I was given so many years ago after being faced with crisis and trauma.
Friends and Family
A day doesn’t go by when I’m not reminded of the many many friends and family members God has used to help me during my life and are still a part of helping me here in Alaska.  I do have to say, “I do miss my family and friends so much but I’m thankful for new friends and family.
My youngest son Maverick and his wife Amy will be having a another little baby boy, Hudson in June. Jonah (pictured here will have a younger brother).  They will leave after Hudson is born to move to Asia!  I see another continent in my future!
I need your support now more than ever!  It is only through your loving prayers and words of encouragement as well as those that can help support me financially that I will be able to carry out the work that God has called me to wherever a crisis calls. Whether it is prayer, regular monthly support or simply a small donation, they are all appreciated. I need and want to hear from you and how I can pray for you and your needs as well. We are all on God’s team!

I am almost 1/4 of the way to reach my monthly budget.  Please considering committing to one year at $25, $50, $75 or $100 per month, or giving a one-time gift.  All contributions are tax deductible.
from ashes to beauty…Cinderella Released
To declare God’s glory in the midst of crisis and trauma.
Marlene
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