Applications now being accepted for Operation Heal Our Patriots 2018

February 1, 2018 • Canada
Military couples come away refreshed after a week at Operation Heal Our Patriots at our Samaritan Lodge in Alaska. Veteran Ross Thistle was among the 13 Canadians in 2016 who were baptized to declare their faith in Christ.
Military couples come away refreshed after a week at Operation Heal Our Patriots at our Samaritan Lodge in Alaska. Veteran Ross Thistle was among the 13 Canadians in 2016 who were baptized to declare their faith in Christ.

This Samaritan's Purse project aims to strengthen and enhance the marriages of wounded veterans and their spouses.

Operation Heal Our Patriots is accepting applications for the 2018 season at Samaritan Lodge Alaska. The program gives wounded veterans and their spouses the opportunity for spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment. Couples participate in Biblically-based seminars that help strengthen their relationships with God and others and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation with outdoor activities at our Alaskan wilderness lodge. We continue to support these men and women after their initial stay, keeping their spiritual needs and marriages a priority.

“I’ve given my heart to Jesus now—I want to start living as the man I should be,” says Retired Warrant Officer of the Canadian Army Rob Young. “I’m looking forward to this new journey with God in our lives.”

This summer 10 couples will join us at Samaritan Lodge Alaska for what can be a life-changing and marriage-shaping week in which friendships are formed, marriages renewed, and futures are changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

View photos from the 2017 season of Operation Heal Our Patriots

“We both accepted God into our life and [He] showed us a new path in our marriage and our life,” said Brett VanSteenberg, who came to Alaska last year with his wife Audrey (featured in the video above).

During the week, retired military chaplains lead daily devotions and marriage seminars and are available for private spiritual counseling. Wilderness excursions include kayaking, hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Through our robust aftercare program, we continue to support participants long after their time in Alaska, keeping their spiritual needs and marriages a priority.

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