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independence day
The Birthday of America
GOD has shed His Grace on Thee!

On July 4th we celebrate the birthday of our Nation—there

was a time when we took pride in our country and the things
it represented—now for some it is just another day and the
significance has passed away. I can understand why some
think this way—it is because of moral decay, corruption in
high places, no regard for God or man. A country that once
depended of God is now denying that there is a God or trying
to do away with anything that relates to Him! In Ephesians
6:12 we read, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but
against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of AMERICA
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high

David M. Williams Now, I do not intend to change any ones views politically, but we do need to keep someone
Program Director in the leadership of our country that is a Christian and not ashamed to confess it before
men. Even if you do not agree on every issue with the person that is our leader, you can
Larry Aldrich still pray for God’s leadership in their life and for the decisions that are made.
Operations Manager
To continue with the thought of why our country has turned away from God we are told in
Randy Hess II Timothy 3:1-7 that this thing would come to past. “This know also, that in the last days
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perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,
proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affections,
Larry O’Connor
trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors,
Greg Mann
heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness
Neil Givens
but denying the power thereof; from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep
Roger Klein
into houses, and lead captives silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever
Client Supervisors
learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
David McKnight Praise the Lord—Jesus is coming!
Van Driver
However, knowing all of this, I had rather be here with
Shane Day GOD than any other place on this earth.


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California called the Midgett. doing is calibrating my spiritual
Our main responsibilities were gyroscope so I know exactly
fishery patrols in the Bering Sea. where I stand with the Lord. I’m
k Before we left the safety of the San not facing a new day with all the
de Francisco Bay for the open ocean garbage from the previous day
’s s we had to make absolutely sure the in my path. When I walk away
am m
ships gyroscope were calibrated. from my time with the Lord; I’m
gr il refocused, ready to take on all the
p ro d
W The importance of a calibrated challenges of the day, knowing the
vi gyroscope cannot be overstated. Lord is right there with.
Da One degree off at your current
position is not that big of a deal. Bringing ourselves into alignment
However, that one degree 1,500 with the Lord cannot be overly
Calibrating Our nautical mile later can translate exaggerated. It literally defines
into the ship being miles off who we are as followers of Christ.
Spiritual Gyroscope course. You have to know exactly
where you are or the charts you’re Enter ye in at the strait gate: for
One of the requirements for the men following are useless. wide is the gate, and broad is the
who are enrolled in our “NewLife” way, that leadeth to destruction,
Recovery Program is: to set aside and many there be which go in
one hour each morning to spend thereat:
time with God. It is our hope the
men will develop a habit that will Because strait is the gate, and
serve them well for a life time. narrow is the way, which leadeth
unto life, and few there be that find
Although there are days when I am it.
unable to spend my hour with the Matthew 7:13-14
Lord, usually because I have slept
late, they are rare. I can certainly We must be careful not to become
tell the difference between the The Midgett’s crew accomplished complacent in our walk with the
day’s when I miss my quiet time the calibration process by circling Lord. To compromise our daily
and those when I don’t, it literally Alcatraz Island for as long as it took time with the God can only result
defines my day. to get gyroscope tuned perfectly. in our being dangerously off
course. Most of my life has been
At 17 I joined the United States Only when we were fully calibrated spent on the wide path Jesus speaks
Coast Guard. Like most young men did we dare leave the safety of the about. I feel so much more secure
I was anxious to get away from San Francisco Bay. when my spiritual gyroscope is in
home and see the world. My first perfect alignment with the one who
duty station was on a 378 ft. high The same principles holds true for protects wayward souls like mine.
endurance Cutter out of Alameda my morning quiet time. What I’m
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Living Memorials A Disciple Perspective
touch lives as they honor the memory of “Daddy, are we there yet?”
loved ones and friends.
In Memory of At the end of the month (June) and the first part of next month
Esperanza M. Casas (July), there will be a number of us graduating the “New Life”
by Martha Cashen Discipleship program. Having seen more than a few men get close
to graduating and actually graduating, I also have seen some of
In Memory of the pitfalls that arise. The thought pattern that seems to be most
Lloyd N. Hermansen common is this; “I’ve finally made it. I’m there now. Thank you
by His Family Lord, I’ll take it from here and oh by the way would you give me a
hand from time to time when the going gets a little rough?”
In Memory of
Alvin Syren Having gotten close to graduating myself, and actually graduating
by Claris Syren other programs in the past, I have fallen prey to this kind of
thinking, Even now, I am within weeks of graduating and it seems
In Memory of as though God has saved the toughest lessons for last. I find myself
Heddy Thomas asking; “why Lord?” Things should be easier now and they are
by Sieglinde Thomas not, why not? If indeed the hardest lessons of this program are
Freda W. Gallant being presented now at the very end then it would be reasonable
to assume that there awaits many more, far harder lessons after
In Honor of graduation. Several biblical principles come to mind at this point
David A. Griffith III and I shall share them with you as they surely apply to all those
by David and Carol Griffith who follow our Lord Jesus Christ.

1. God will not be trifled with.

* * * * * * * Gal. 6:7 “Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man
Faith & Purpose reaps what he sows.”
2. Jesus didn’t die on a cross so that we could live a comfortable
However dark the day may seem... life.
Or steep the path I plod... Matt. 16:24-26 “…If anyone would come after me, he must
I have no fear because I know... deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
3. We don’t get to live for ourselves.
I have my faith in God...
I Cor. 6:19&20 “…You are not your own; you were bought
I know He will not leave me or...
at a price. …”
Forget me in my need... 4. There will be some hard lessons along the way.
As long as I believe in Him... Heb. 12:7 “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating
With every thought and deed... you as sons.”
I may be foolish now and then... 5. The lessons will benefit us.
And I may lose the way... Heb. 12:11 “…Later on, however, it (discipline) produces a
But He is always at my side... harvest of righteousness…”
Wherever I may stray... Rm. 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the
His guiding grace reminds me of... good of those who love him…”
The mercy He has shown... 6. We are to become like Jesus.
Rm. 8:29 “…to be conformed to the likeness of his Son …”
And in my deepest misery...
7. It will be worth it in the end.
I never feel alone...
Matt. 25:21 “…Well done, good and faithful servant!”
I know that God is willing to...
Forgive my every sin... Jesus never said living for him would be easy, but he did say it
As long as I have faith and I... would be worth it. So, in conclusion; we are never ‘there yet’ and
Sincerely try to win... we will not “have arrived” until our Father in Heaven takes us
home to be with him forever. The things we accomplish in this life
“Without faith it is impossible are but mileposts along ‘the Way’.
to please God”…. Hebrews 11:6

Written by John Lofquist
put her in the hospital with a I began to rebel and drink
broken jaw. more and more, smoking 2 to
3 packs of cigarettes a day.
My brother and I no longer had I am surprised that I ever
i es a hero living among us. We graduated from high school
on now had someone we learned but I did. I lost contact with
im to fear day and night. When God the Father and just did
st my grandfather died we had what I did every day to get by.
te to leave the island home we
loved so much and move to By the time the Vietnam War
Charleston. was peeking and the draft
would be calling my number I
The next few years are better decided to enlist in the United
The Long forgotten. States Navy. I did this not

Road Home Three more children were

brought into this world. Next
I was born on the 16th of came three children who were
November 1950 in Elizabeth not wanted and who my father
City, North Carolina. My father could not support. I somehow
was in the Coast Guard where took the place of bread winner
he was the Mechanic in the being the oldest of now 5 kids.
crew of 5 on PBY flying boats.
Their aircraft performed coastal I started a morning paper route
watches during the Second where I delivered over 150 news
World War. My mother was papers and after school cooking
a hard working housewife a hamburgers at Hardee’s to make
guardian of two small boys. I’m some money. I just wanted to
told that we were a hand full. keep the electricity on.

When my dad was discharged The Orthodox Church was

from the Coast Guard we moved giving us food every month. I
to Folly Island, South Carolina started drinking just like my dad
No less than 200 feet from the and mother. Dad would steal the
beach. This was the best time of money I saved to drink cheap
my life. My mom was great but wine and beer. I also started to
my dad was my hero. I was not smoke tobacco. By the time I because I wanted to fight for
aware of the emotional storms was 16 I was working more than my country. I did it just to get
looming in my immediate I was going to school. Someone away from the hell I felt cursed
future. had to support my siblings it to be in at home.
may as well of been me.
The devil had taken hold of my There was no love between
dads life and as he became Over the years my brothers our parents and us kids. My
more and more angry with the and sister were abused through mother put my brothers and
circumstance of his life. He also neglect. More and more the sister in an orphanage. What
began to get louder and louder responsibility for the kids fell on hurt the most was the lack
with mom until one day he my shoulders. of thanks from my mom for
began to hit her. His violence helping over the years. I had

become an angry man and two failed marriages, the loss of of-protection around me.
thought it was better to go off my two children I found myself
to war than to stay around and lonely and looking for attention, It was by talking to the people
be used. the attention that was neglected on the street that I found the
me as a child. Rescue Mission on Tudor
The Navy trained me to be a Road. I was fed hot meals and
salvage diver/UDT. After my I broke the law ended up in an offered an opportunity to attend
first two years was up I re- Arizona prison for 8 ½ years. an evening church service. All
upped for another two years God was looking out for me this and a safe place to sleep!
and transferred to the river even after all the terrible things I couldn’t believe my good
boats where I manned a 50 I did. In the long run prison most fortune.
cal. Machine gun on the bow likely saved my life. I was given a pair of shoes that
of a fast boat…I became more fit and clothes to change into.
and more angry and enjoyed You see I found Christ and I finally felt as though I was on
Christ never did leave me. Yes, the right track. I knew I was on
I knew all about Christ and that the right track.
He is the Son of God but I did
not know Jesus as my Lord and I felt the temptation to drink
Savior. Jesus really loves me, again but through the grace
yes even me. of God was strong enough
to avoid that problem. I was
Upon my release from prison rescued by the Mission when
on the 14th of April, 2006 I was they accepted me as a member
flown back to Anchorage. The of their “NewLife” Recover
State of Alaska no longer gives program. I am still here today
gate money so I was flat broke and have become a part of
wearing Worn out tennis shoes this great family. The best part
and a prison sweat suite on is I can help others through
my back. My first thought was the power of Jesus Christ. My
going to the Brother Francis mission is the Mission.
Shelter. I remembered the area
and something told me NO. At the Rescue Mission I found
I set out to find the Rescue kindness, brotherly love and
Mission but it was no longer at a purpose to follow our Lord.
7th and F. Street. I can’t tell you I am as we like to be called a
what a sinking feeling that was. disciple. Jesus Christ is my
the killing part not taking into Anchorage had changed so Lord and Savior. I know that I
thought that I could get killed much over the years. I trusted will be going to heaven. Praise
myself nor did I care. I was in God to show me where to go be to God.
offered a battlefield commission from there.
and promoted to LTJG. Gung- May the beauty of heaven
Ho was what I had become. I reported to my Parole Officer consume you.
After 3 stints in the nave I was after sleeping in the street
discharged honorably. Post for 3 days and he put me in a William Wurthmann
Traumatic Stress Disorder hit halfway house for a short time
me real hard. Guess I saw too but I did not meet their criteria
much and did for too much and so I found myself on the street
now my life was in ruins. After again, but Jesus had his hedge-

What is God trying to teach me in this? Is this His way
of growing me? Am I only willing to serve Him when I
see tangible results? Was I getting too sassy by being in
s k a superior position?
n s As I pondered these questions God put into my heart
o h
a ti dric I stopped trying to dodge the curve ball and started to
r A l seek for the pearl that Abba Father wants to give me.
o pe r y
The beauty is that God knows when and how to stretch
us so we can grow. However, He has given us a free
will and it is always our choice to humble ourselves and
be obedient to His call.

Willing or Not When trials and curve balls surprise us maybe the
question God is asking is:
I truly believe God loves us too much to leave us where “Are you Willing or Not?”
we are. Being confident of this very thing, that he which
hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the
day of Jesus Christ: Phil 1:6 (KJV) He doesn’t want us to
grow stagnate. Complacency is the enemy of growth.
Since He is the One who knit us together in our mother’s
womb For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast
God’s Promises are Real!
covered me in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13 (KJV), And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer,
He is also the One who knows what it takes for us to believing, ye shall receive.
grow. He will never give us more than we can handle Matthew 21:22 (KJV)
But we will not boast of things without our measure,
but according to the measure of the rule which God
hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto
you. 1 Cor 10:13 (KJV) THIS
When life throws us it’s curve balls they never come as “NEWLIFE” RECOVERY PROGRAM
a surprise to God, on the contrary it is His way to teach Is In Loving Memory
us to grow. Of

Recently, I came back from a 10 day vacation to Lloyd Hermansen

discover a new responsibility had been assigned to me. Once again God has proven true to his word. In
Surprise! Surprise! our June newsletter the Mission published an
article entitled, Stepping Out in Faith, explaining
Since I am Operation Manager I should be able to how we had purchased two new computers for
delegate any responsibility I want. However, this was our Learning Center. The Hermansen family,
not an option in this case. I was to step down into the in loving memory of Lloyd Hermansen, has
trenches and take care of things personally. My mind graciously donated the cost of one of the
was going a hundred miles an hour. Trying to excuse computers. The above plaque will be displayed
and rationalize that I really don’t know how to take care on the computer station, so the men in our
of this new responsibility. I am not qualified. I have too “NewLife” Recovery program will know their
many things on my plate already. Then another thought recovery efforts are supported by the community
pierced my mind and heart. they so desperately desire to be a productive
member of.

financial and in-kind donations that allow us to meet
the physical needs of the people that come to us for
help. I and We, know that it is God that impresses your
k heart when you donate to the Mission. God is good.
de This is a SPECIAL INVITATION for you. Visitors
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Bett are always welcomed at the Anchorage Gospel Rescue
Mission and this is your special invitation to come by
re on and see what God allows us to do here at the Mission.
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e v. We really do love to have visitors. This gives us an
opportunity to share with you the many ways your
financial and in-kind donations are used to help people
in need. And, perhaps while you are here you may find
God is Good! some way you would like to volunteer some of your
time to help us and serve the Lord at the same time.
We will give you a tour of our facilities, show you what
“The Lord God, He is Good….” Psalms 136:1 we do and how the Lord provides the things we need
to shelter, feed and clothe people 365 days a year. You
will even have the opportunity to talk to some of the
Looking around the Mission, this has become a faithful people in our Recovery Program. Ask them whatever
quotation among the staff and those in the “NewLife” you like, find out why they are here and let them share
Recovery Program. We are constantly amazed at how their testimony with you.
God continually provides for the needs here. Please
Perhaps you would like to bring a group from your
note that I said needs and not wants. There are many
church or organization or maybe some young people to
things that I want for the Mission. I know in God’s
see first hand how homeless people live. This would be
time He will provide the means and the way He wants
a good experience for them.
us to continue to meet the needs of the poor, needy and
homeless people that come to us for help. The attitude Whatever the occasion, just come on by. We will be
of those around the Mission is just to pray and believe looking for you. No appointment is necessary. We are
and God will send someone by with just the things open every day.
we need at the time we need them. Again, it is just

It is our goal to try to meet a person’s physical need

and by doing so, it opens the door for us to meet their
spiritual need to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and
Savior. It is the friends of the Mission that make

Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission P.O. Box 230510 Anchorage, Alaska 99523-0510
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† Bathroom Tissue
† Disposable Shavers The Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission is a Non-Profit, Non-Denominational
† Cleaning Supplies organization. We receive NO municipal, state or federal funds. We are not a United Way
Agency. Your financial support and In-Kind donations make it possible for us to provide
† Dinner Napkins for the poor, needy and homeless people in our community. Also, your donations allow us
† Shampoo to provide a Drug and Alcohol Recovery program. All Donations are fully tax deductible.
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P.O. Box 230510•Anchorage, AK•99523-0510•(907) 563-5603

2823 E. Tudor Rd.
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