Bro. Martin was visiting people at Anchorage Native Medical Center (ANMC) last week when a nurse came up to him. She told him that they wanted him to visit a lady who had been asking for a preacher to talk to. She further relayed that they knew that he should be the one to talk to her. Bro. Martin stepped into the the hospital room and greeted the lady. She was thrilled to have someone to talk to. She shared that she had been an alcoholic and that she knew she needed a change in her life. Bro. Martin shared some scriptures with her about the plan of salvation. Upon her own confession, she had never had an experience with the Lord before. Yet after Bro. Martin shared the plan of salvation, she was ready to pray. However, she asked Bro. Martin to tell her how to pray because she didn’t know how. Bro. Martin started it out and she prayed a heartfelt prayer for salvation. Bro. Martin told her afterward that she should be ready to tell others about what Jesus had done for her. While Bro. Martin was still in the room, the nurse came in that had asked him to visit this lady. When the nurse asked how she was doing, she responded with “I GOT SAVED!” We pray that her decision to follow Jesus will be long-lasting and that she will be bright light to all those she comes in contact with. Please rejoice with us… another lost soul has been found!
A Touching Story from a Hospital Room
Bro Martin shares,
As I approached the private hospital room, I noticed the door was closed and the placard was posted with instructions to wear the protective gown and gloves. A nurse was standing nearby, so I asked if now was a good time to visit the patient. She replied hesitantly, “Well, you can if you really want to. But I don’t know how she’ll respond to you, because she’s been very irritated with all of the staff.”
I knocked, opened the door, then stepped into the room. The woman, Maria* , was sitting on the side of her bed with her head down, and her hair hanging over her face. She spoke gruffly, “Hello. What do you want?” I told her that I was a Chaplain. She said, “I’m really mad at God and everybody. All my family has cut off all communication with me. My sisters have changed their phone numbers so I can’t call them. I guess I’ll just go ahead and die from this alcohol poisoning. And I’m mad at God because my son is in jail, and my daughter was born retarded.”
I expressed sympathy as gently as I could. Then I asked her if I could pray with her. She replied, “It won’t do any good. I’ve tried all that God stuff before, and it doesn’t work!” I applied the truth of Proverbs, “A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.” She didn’t need a harsh sermon right now. She needed someone to care. Again I asked her if I could pray. This time, she reluctantly agreed.
Not very long after I began to pray, I heard her beginning to pray. She prayed, “Lord, I know I should not have been saying the things I’ve been saying about You. I should not have these feelings. Please, Lord, forgive me of all my sins, and come into my heart right now!” She prayed for a while longer. Then she said to me, “My heart feels so much lighter now!” She raised her head, brushed her hair back out of her face, smiled, and then chuckled a little. It seemed she was surprised at herself. She said, “I can’t remember the last time that I laughed. But now it is so easy.”
I encouraged her to read the book of Philippians to help keep her thoughts upon good things. Then I challenged her to begin to have positive and pleasant words for those who came into her room. She smiled, and agreed to do so. I pray that the nurses will notice the difference, and give God the glory He deserves.
*Name changed to protect privacy
July 23, 2017 was a very special day for the Martins and Hope Church. This day marked the 1 year Anniversary of the beginning of Hope Church. God has done amazing things this year for which we give Him ALL the glory! We began with about 30-50 that first Sunday, and now we have as many as 100-150 most Sundays. On this special day, Julie, Jalisa and Joy joined in beautiful harmony to sing the hymn, “Great is thy Faithfulness.” It was a special time to reminisce of God’s faithfulness throughout this past year. Grandpa Martin was still there at that time, so he was asked to bring forth the message. There was a sweet presence of the Lord in the service and great fellowship afterward.
God has opened other doors of ministry for the family as well. Bro. Martin was asked to preach all the Sunday nights in August at Muldoon Community Assembly. God has anointed Bro Martin to bring forth messages that have touched the hearts of the people. The people have expressed their appreciation for the family’s ministry in song and Scripture as well.
Thank you for your continued prayers for the Martin family!!
God bless you!
Wow! It’s hard to describe a month of happenings in one concise email. We will share several highlights and save the rest for another time.
The family has enjoyed having more guests over the summer. Being family makes it even better. Jamin and Allison were able to spend about 10 days in Anchorage. They ministered at Hope Church and did a tremendous job connecting with the people.
Ed and Ruth Jacob (Bro Martin’s first cousin and husband) came for a visit along with Grandpa Martin. The family went with them for a scenic train ride as well as a boat ride to see beautiful glaciers, humpback whales, sea lions, puffins and more. Grandpa (Bro. Harley) Martin says that Alaska and all its beauty has a magnetic pull on him! Uncle Ed & Aunt Ruth (as we call them) were able to stay for a week, but Grandpa was able to stay for nearly 10 days longer.
Grandpa Martin helped Bro. Martin do some needed projects. They mounted a screen to the stage area at Hope Church for the purpose of being able to have song lyrics, announcements, etc. They also extended the stage at Hope Church thus providing more room to minister.
Bro Martin was called in to the Hospital one Friday to spend time with a family whose relative was being put on comfort care. He ended up staying over 8 hours. He was called in again the next week for a similar case. Bro Martin believes these times are crucial to talk with the individuals as well as their families and is thankful for the opportunity. He received a call a few days after he had spent that extended time with the family and was asked to take part in the funeral service for their relative.
Grandpa Martin was a blessing at Hope Church and also at the Rescue Mission where the family ministers on a monthly basis.
The Martins felt honored to have Steve and Karen Boggs (Bro. Davy Bogg’s brother) surprise them at the Soup Kitchen ministry and then come to their home while they were visiting Anchorage.
The family was also pleased to meet Ms. Kathy Beshon (pictured above) from northern Kentucky. She visited the Downtown Soup Kitchen and seemed touched by the ministry there.
We greatly appreciate your continued prayers and support of Hope for the Home and the Martin family.
Please forgive me for the lack of weekly updates the past couple months. This has been a very busy time for Derek and I with relocating to McAllen, Texas for Language School. Now that we are down here and getting settled in, I will be resuming the weekly updates. Thank you for your patience!
God bless you!!
I want to apologize for the drop off in updates for the past couple months. My husband and I have been traveling and itinerating quite a bit lately; therefore, our schedule has been unpredictable. Thank you for your patient understanding.
The family has been diversified in location this month. Julie, Jalisa, and Joy came down the end of May to enjoy a trip with Joseph to the New England States. This was a big highlight for them since they now only have 1 more state, Hawaii, to have visited all 50 States! After their trip, Julie flew back to Alaska for work and Jalisa and Joy stayed for Bristow Campmeeting and Sunset Hills Youth Camp. Jordan was also able to come down for Youth Camp. God met with Jalisa, Jordan, and Joy at youth camp in a very special way.
Bro. Martin also came down in June for a little over a week and was able to attend a few days of Bristow Campmeeting as well as get some needed preparations done for the sale of the Texas home.
On Father’s Day afternoon, Bro. Martin held his first Memorial Service there in Anchorage. A lady who had been a regular guest at the Downtown Soup Kitchen and Women’s Shelter passed away. She had come several times to church, and we sure hope that she was ready for her appointment!
This past Sunday, Bro. Martin preached on a “Miracle of Mercy” from the story of Blind Bartimaeus. The presence of the Lord accomplished much in the service and around 10 came forward for prayer.
Jamin and Allison (along with Allison’s parents, the Dixons) arrived in Alaska Monday night and Tuesday morning. They will be staying for about 10 days. Jamin went with Bro. Martin yesterday to take Jim*, a former pastor in one of the remote villages, to the hospital for an appointment. Jim* remembered Jamin from when he would come with Bro. Martin to their village and couldn’t believe how he had grown up.
*Name changed protect privacy
One day at the Downtown Soup Kitchen, Bro. Martin noticed a couple of the volunteers trying to calm down a young girl that was thrashing around. Bro. Martin was informed that she had just taken a hit of spice. Spice is a drug they make from various chemicals as an artificial marijuana. It produces erratic and unpredictable behavior and sometimes death. As Bro. Martin and another volunteer began to pray for this young lady, she settled right down. Praise God: we serve the Prince of Peace!!
On Sunday, May 21st, Bro. Martin took a chance during the service at Hope Church to talk to the people about giving and honoring God with every part of their lives including their finances.
One lady came up after church and said to Bro. Martin, “I’ve been praying why there was a holdup in my life. I haven’t been tithing! The Lord spoke to me today to start tithing and trust God to make the rest stretch to meet my needs.” Praise God for making His Word clear to this sincere lady. Bro Martin preached about the rewards of yielding ourselves to God. The presence of God was felt in such a special way! Two precious souls came forward for salvation and several other desired special prayer.
Julie, Jalisa and Joy returned to the Lower 48 for a trip with Joseph to the New England states. Julie already had to get back to her job, but Jalisa and Joy will be able to stay and visit some family as well as attend Bristow Campmeeting and Sunset Hills Youth Camp.
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We had a wonderful turn out at Hope Church last Sunday. Bro. Martin preached about the importance of surrendering our will to God’s will. He brought out that it’s not just focusing on the cross that Jesus bore, but also about the cross that He has called upon us to bear. There was a great response in the altars. Several told Bro Martin afterward, “that’s exactly what I needed to hear today!”
A man in the church whom we have shared about before, had a surgery this week. While Bro Martin was there visiting him, one of the nurses that is new to town expressed interest in coming to the church. We praise the Lord for this new contact.
Bro. Martin had a first experience yesterday while visiting the Anchorage Native Medical Center. He went in to visit a young man and as soon as he introduced himself, the man began to cry, “I don’t want to die!” It was his persuasion that a chaplain only comes in when people are about to die. After Bro Martin talked to him for a while, He heard “CODE BLUE” called. Come to find out it was a lady in the room next to where he was. There was around 30 doctors and nurses crammed in there. By direct orders from the lady’s family, they did not do CPR, therefore her time was very limited. Bro Martin was directed into the room by the nurses. He had an opportunity to speak what may have been some of the last words she heard in this life. Bro. Martin felt tremendous weight as he realized the importance of what he said to her. We pray she made it right with the Lord.
Please pray that God will lead the Martin family in the rescuing of souls.
God blessed in the service at Hope Church this past Sunday in a great way. Bro. Martin preached from Ps. 23 on What you Don’t Have to do without when the Lord is your Shepherd! — “I shall not want.” God had really used this passage to encourage Bro. Martin’s heart that week. As I shared it with the church, they received it and responded very well. Bro. Martin says, “I love these dear people!”
Julie shares a story from the Women’s Shelter this morning: “We had a great devotions this morning at the Women’s Shelter. At the end of the devotions, I encouraged the ladies that if they had given their heart to Christ we would love to hear their testimony. That is when Nadine* shared her testimony. She said that she had grown up in a Christian home for a few years. She would go to church and feel God’s presence and he would talk to her. Nadine* said that she had not felt Gods presence in a very long time; that is, until she came to Hope Church for the first time. She said that she feels so blessed to have a church that she can feel God in.”
Bro Martin met Mary Jane*, a young girl in her 20’s at Anchorage Native Medical Center this week. Bro. Martin introduced himself to her as a chaplain, desiring to encourage her to hope in God for her help. She expressed deep resentment about God “testing her so much,” and wished he would quit it! “I don’t even know how you are in here talking with me. I told them when I checked in that I didn’t want to see a minister.” It seemed that she saw it as a miracle of God’s mercy reaching out to her. But her name was on my list as one with connections to Assembly of God. She went to A/G camp and also went some to the church in the village of St. Michael. She showed Bro. Martin a picture on her phone and asked him to especially pray for her boyfriend Joshua, the son of a minister. Recently, he asked her if she believed in Jesus. She replied “Yes.” He held a knife to her, and said “Then I can cut your heart out.” But he didn’t. She said she wished he had done so. She allowed Bro. Martin to pray with her. Please pray the Lord will continue to deal with her and bring hope back to her troubled heart.
We greatly appreciate you keeping the Martin family and these precious souls in your prayers.
God bless you!
*Names changed to protect privacy
Last Wednesday, Julie, Jalisa, me and Derek were singing during the lunch hour at the Downtown Soup Kitchen. Derek gave a short devotional from the story of the leprous man in Matthew 8. While he was speaking about the willingness of Christ to take your case, no matter the severity, Nick* spoke up and said, “If God really loves us, why are there so many suffering people?” Derek wanted to address his question, but was encouraged to finish his devotional first. After Derek concluded, he found Nick* and went over to talk with him. He addressed his question specifically of how suffering was not God’s original design, but a product of sin. Through his admission of his own sin and hearing of Christ’s Sacrifice, Nick* couldn’t help but cry under conviction and his girlfriend, Jane*, did as well. They, along with a friend, allowed Derek and I to pray for them. We were thrilled to see them on several occasions including Sunday morning, where they listened intently as the message went forth. We are believing God to bring this young couple to a true born again experience.
We had a record attendance of around 200 homeless people at Hope Church this past Sunday. It was a great privilege for Derek and I to minister in song and then Derek shared a powerful message on “My Name is NOT Legion”. It was a powerful truth of God’s intended identity for mankind. Derek made reference to specific names the devil desires people to be identified by – shame, guilt, outcast, abuse, addict, sinner, etc. But through Jesus, anyone can be made a new creature with a new name and identity. At the altar service, Freda* came to the front with her boyfriend, Mark*. They explained the anxiety from which she had been suffering especially since the murders of two of her children and other family members. She was broken. At the prayer time, she found the God of peace for herself and shared of how much better she felt.
A lady of Asian descent, also responded to the altar call that morning. She shared after dismissal what God had done in her life. From a child, her father had called her, “bad.” Due to her appearance, a Catholic priest told her that she looked like a criminal. She carried those names throughout her life. But that morning, the truth of God’s Word became real to her and she accepted God’s grace to have a name change. Through tears, she told Derek afterward, “You came all this way to tell me this.”
It was a joy to see many that I had met when I was there in the winter months of 2016. One such lady is Mikayla*. When I saw her, she began to share how God had helped her. She has been sober for a year and a half and free from smoking as well. She now has a place to live; attending college in order to help others become free from addictions; and is the mother of 2 beautiful children. God is still in the business of transforming lives!!
Oh, I could share so much more and I possibly will in upcoming updates. God is truly working in Anchorage, Alaska! Thank you for being a integral part!
God bless you!
*Names changed in order to protect privacy
It is with great joy that I come to you today from Anchorage, Alaska! My husband, Derek, and I flew into Anchorage Airport on Friday afternoon. We are thrilled to be here with the family and to be involved in the ministry here. Soon after we got in, we volunteered to serve the dinner meal at the Women’s Shelter. It was a joy to see several that I had met when I was here in the beginning of 2016. Being here in person has given me a whole new appreciation for the reports I hear and share on a weekly basis.
We had around 70 people at Hope Church this Sunday. Derek and I were privileged to join Julie, Jalisa & Joy in the time of worship through song. Afterward, Bro. Martin preached on the facts of the Resurrection and the personal faith we should have in the Resurrection. At the close of the message, 3 people came up for prayer. One of these that came forward was Danielle*. It was her first time at Hope Church. I lead her in a prayer for salvation and she came up later and said, “Thank you for praying with me. I came here heavy, but feel so much better now!”
I talked with Edith* before the service. She shared with me how she was bound by alcohol, but wanted to be free. I talked with her about how we can’t overcome in our own strength, but we must trust God’s power. She thanked me for sharing hope with her.
A precious couple whom we have shared about before, told us how they felt the Lord lead them to Hope Church. I could sense from the time I met them on Sunday morning, they were there to push the service and and be of help in any way they could. Kathy is Julie’s right hand helper in the kitchen and both her and Bill carry a burden to see the precious people that attend Hope Church find the Lord in a personal way. Joy shared concerning them, “They are such a blessing to us!”
Where would Jesus be if He came to Anchorage in person?
As I talked with Bill on Sunday morning after church, he asked me the question above. It has resounded in my heart along with these scriptures.
“And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and the recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.”
Based on these scriptures, I answered Bill, “Jesus would be here with the broken.”
Thank you so much for your support of the Martin family! I can say by firsthand experience, they are doing a great work here. Looking forward to sharing more!
God bless you!
Joanna Rich, Ministry Assistant