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Another Day in Paradise: Overcoming isolation
As you read this, I will either be boarding, waiting, or riding on our ferry system heading home. This morning, I will board the ferry in Homer for a 13-hour ride home with our new van. Tomorrow, I will get off the ferry in Kodiak, take the van home, repack some fresh clothes and then board the ferry with our old van, bound back to Homer. Twenty-six hours on a ferry in a 34-hour timeframe was not on my calendar of...
Mar 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Finding comfort In paradise
The lyrics of the John Denver song that rang through my head were, “Oh, it’s good to be back home again.” Visiting friends and family and friends that are more like family to us than just friends is great. We got to work through a couple of our ‘bucket list’ items. We saw a dinner show that was just for entertainment. We had the pleasure of worshipping in our son and daughter-in-laws’ church in Middlesboro, Ky. We...
Mar 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak ladies part of revival fire in the north
The Arctic tundra is ablaze with spiritual renewal, ignited by zealous women who carry a burning love for God and a desire to liberate those enslaved by addiction, abuse, guilt and a myriad of other woes. Some of the women in this spiritual movement, known as Tundra Fires, had been caught up in destructive lifestyles themselves. Like the mythical phoenix rising from the ashes of death, they rose above their enslav...
Mar 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Learning about life
We were visiting our oldest son, the Corps Officer in Middlesboro, Ky. The chocolate lab we have in Kodiak was a gift to him seven-plus years ago. She became our dog when he was unable to find an apartment he could afford and would allow him to have a full-sized dog. After almost six years in paradise — Kodiak — she would never want to go back to the lesser 48. Jason is now married to a wonderful lady and they hav...
Feb 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Couple finds ‘good life’ in doing God’s will amongst ‘least of these’
Married in August last year, Tom and Hailey Davis have tickets to travel to Cambodia. It’s not a deferred honeymoon or a tourist adventure, but a mission. The couple will be representing Jesus Christ in Phnom Penh’s seamy red light district where the sex trafficking industry has spiritually, physically and mentally wrecked destitute children and adults who feel trapped in a hellish lifestyle. Hailey will be workin...
Feb 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Redefining family
One of the joys my wife and I have is redefining our family. Not changing what our family members look or act like, but adding members who — though not actually part of our biological family, are very much a part of our family. On Monday, we were in the Anchorage airport, enroute to a conference, and bumped into a member of our Kodiak family. Perry had left Kodiak last Wednesday to go help his wife, Gail, as she c...
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Tapestry: Islanders come to Sugaks’ aid on troubled voyage
It was the kind of day that Emil and Tonya Sugak had been waiting for. Calm; no sign of foul weather on the horizon. The perfect day to close up their fishing lodge in the village of Karluk and travel to their Kodiak home. Recalling the stories of elders and heeding their own sea sense, the Sugaks prepared for unforeseen delays: they took plenty of food and fresh water, dry clothes, extra fuel and a rifle. They ca...
Feb 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Take time to rest
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the heart of timber country. Most of the jobs revolved around logging or some aspect of the logging industry. It was a fast-paced industry. When the whistle-punk sounded ‘stop’, the choker-setters had better be running. They had to get to the chokers, wrap them around the logs, set the ends, and get back clear before the whistle sounded ‘go’. When the whistle said ‘go’, the to...
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Another Day in Paradise: I plead mercy
It’s not fair. We deserve better. My driver’s license and my mailing address both say I live in Alaska. It’s now February. Winter activities should be the norm. I should be able to hike along snow packed trails or break new ones. When the sun makes its brief appearances, it should shimmer across the landscape, reflecting off of a million snowflakes at a million different angles. On a clear night, the moon should c...
Feb 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Former Kodiak pastor serves new seminary in Southern Sudan
The Rev. Frank Gardner wears a T-shirt inscribed with a Bible verse and the words, “This shirt is illegal in 51 countries.” In those places, he said, “you can be shot, stoned to death or put in prison” for wearing a shirt emblazoned with a Bible verse. The shirt is not illegal in Uganda and South Sudan, where Gardner, a former Kodiak pastor, preaches, teaches and works with local Christians in building the Kingdom...
Feb 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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