We had a really good service this Sunday. Bro Martin preached “How the Curious becomes Committed” from the story of Zacchaeus. Bro Martin shares, “I could tell the regulars were drinking in the message. Two came forward for prayer first and then as we prayed for those, more started coming up for salvation, healing, and special needs.” Several of the regulars shared comments afterward how they love their church and are so thankful to have a place to come.
The Hope Mobile was used this week as a moving truck. George*, a disabled man whom we have mentioned in previous updates, found an apartment to move into. Bro. Martin was able to locate some used furniture and move the items into his new home. He was very thankful!
Bro Martin had the opportunity to minister to a man in the Native American Medical Center last week. He shared his negative experiences with churches and had a lot of questions due to the treatment he had received from churches. He thanked Bro Martin for the compassion and concern he showed to him as an individual. He also shared how the opportunity to talk to someone had helped him so much.
Sadly, there have been multiple homicides in Anchorage the last couple of weeks. Bro. Martin received a call this week from the Native Medical Center nurses to visit a family there whose 20 year old relative had been murdered that morning. Bro Martin took the opportunity to share a clear Gospel message with that family. We pray this family will be turned to the Lord through this tragedy.
Please keep the Martin family and the precious people of Anchorage, Alaska in your prayers!
God bless you!
Joanna Rich, Ministry Assistant
Everything is going well with the Martins in Anchorage. There has been quite a lot of adjustments to their lives with an increasing amount of snow build-up. They have over 2 foot of snow with a continual downfall and the weather predicts to be snowing all week. Some have told them that this is the worst winter in 5 years! Bro. Martin and Jordan have been getting quite a workout with shoveling the driveway on a daily basis. Upon Jordan’s request, they began looking for a snowblower to help they’re job out a bit. They were able to find one for a good deal! What a blessing!
Bro. Martin has begun picking up the ladies for the Women’s Shelter each evening. He is thrilled to have this opportunity to speak the truth of God’s Word into their lives daily. As he walks through Brother Francis Shelter to gather the ladies, many greet him with “Pastor, Pastor!”
Bro Martin walked into a room in the “Flex” Unit at the hospital last Friday. He was met with a disturbed lady, struggling with the possibility of a long recovery from her illness. Bro Martin felt impressed to share a scripture that he and the children had been memorizing in family devotions, Colossians 1:11 “Strengthened with all might according to his glorious power unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness;” He shared how God’s strength isn’t evident only when circumstances are going well, but it is His strength that helps us to have patience, long-suffering and joy in the midst of unpleasant circumstances. This Word in season brought deep comfort to her heart.
On Friday as well, Bro Martin was asked by the nurses to visit a young lady who’s baby had died in the womb. He walked in to find her along with her mother in deep sorrow. The young lady expressed how she had been advised to have a medical performed abortion, but had refused to do so. Bro. Martin prayed with her. With tears in her eyes, she thanked him and said, “The Lord knew just what I needed today. I feel so much better!”
We had 90 in attendance at Hope Church on Sunday with 11 coming forward for salvation. They really cried as they prayed and sought the Lord. Jesus came to bring hope and deliverance! Bro Martin preached “A Wonderful Transformation” from Mark 5:1-20.
I do apologize for the absence of an Alaskan update last week. My husband and I were in Panama from the 13th to the 21st. We ministered in a youth camp there with Derek’s grandparents, Don & Shirley Rich as well as his dad, Leon Rich. The Holy Ghost worked in hearts in a tremendous way bringing salvation, the infilling of the Holy Ghost, and powerful deliverance. I hope to share more of that in the near future.
May God bless you!!
Joanna Rich, Ministry Assistant
We are coming to you with wonderful news from the Martins in Anchorage, Alaska. They have thoroughly enjoyed having the Millikin family and Sis Rachel McCutcheon there this week. They have had some wonderful experiences together such as ministering at the Downtown Soup Kitchen, Hope Church, and God’s Mission House as well as sledding, ice-skating, playing monopoly, and trying an Eskimo delicacy, Muktuk (raw whale).
On Wednesday evening after they arrived home from the Downtown Soup Kitchen, Bro Martin asked Bro Jimmy to give a family devotion. Bro Jimmy shared a personal testimony of how God changed his perspective to see that the rewards of ministry far outweigh the sacrifice. Daddy relayed to me that if they came for no other reason, that devotion was exactly what he and the children needed to hear. The time of prayer afterward was very refreshing for the whole family.
The Downtown Soup Kitchen guests greatly enjoyed the singing each day. They were especially delighted by the children singing as well as Bro Jimmy playing the saxophone.
On Saturday, everyone loaded up in the bus and Bro Martin drove them up to Whittier to do some sight-seeing. They were hoping to catch a glimpse of the Portage Glacier, but it wasn’t clear enough to do so. However, they really enjoyed the beautiful sights along the way.
There was a great crowd of people at Hope Church on Sunday! Bro. Martin filled the bus 3 times with people wanting to come to God’s house! The Millikin family and Sis Rachel ministered in song and then Bro Jimmy preached a powerful message. We believe the seeds of God’s Word will bring a great harvest!
Sunday afternoon, they went over to God’s Mission House and ministered there. Bro Martin made mention that God really touched hearts around the altars there. After the service, they had supper for everyone complete with Muktuk. Bro Jimmy & Sis Shauna was able to get it down, but it definitely didn’t leave a pleasant taste in their mouths!
The Millikins and Sis Rachel will be flying out around 2 am in the morning. Please pray for their safety in travel. Julie communicated to me that they feel they have made lifelong friends during this week and will miss them greatly!
We want to say, “Thank you”, to the Millikins and Sis Rachel for taking time to come and be a blessing in Anchorage, Alaska! We know your labor is not in vain in the Lord! (I Cor. 15:58)
Happy New Year from the Martins!
We are excited to share some news from Anchorage in the beginning of this New Year! There was a great turnout at Church on Sunday, the 1st. At the close of a great service, many raised their hands for salvation. It is our prayer that each of these will allow God to completely transform their lives by His power!
We partner with the Downtown Hope Center in Anchorage for most of our ministry opportunities. They have developed the Culinary Arts program to give their guests a hand-up instead of just a hand-out. The men who are interested in going through this 12 week extensive course will be presented with certification that will greatly increase their hiring possibilities. The graduation of this program will be next Friday, the 13th. Please pray for God’s wisdom to be granted to the faculty and that God will bless these men with good jobs.
The Martin family of Alaska were happy to welcome Bro Jimmy John, Sis Shauna, Carlee, and Landon Millikin and Sis Rachel McCutcheon to their Alaskan residence early Tuesday morning. Several months ago, Bro Jimmy John felt the Lord lead him to get in contact with Bro Martin and plan a Missions Trip to Alaska. Bro Martin shared with him that if they desired to do sight-seeing, they might want to consider summertime. However, their main thrust of ministry compelled them to come and shine the light of Jesus in the darkness of wintry Alaska. They went sledding on Tuesday in the nearly 1 ft. of snow, which was very exciting! Most of their time, however, will be spent ministering in the Downtown Soup Kitchen, Hope Church, as well as other opportunities in the Rescue Mission and a neighboring church. We look forward to sharing more in the upcoming week’s update.
We greatly appreciate your continued prayers!
May God bless you with a wonderful New Year!