Canadian week of Operation Heal Our Patriots begins with a surprise

Read how the first day began at the Operation Heal Our Patriots lodge in Port Alsworth, Alaska.

OHOP Learn MoreTen Canadian military couples began their day at Samaritan Lodge as strangers from across the country, but they didn’t stay that way for long.

By the end of their first day at the Operation Heal Our Patriots lodge in Port Alsworth, Alaska, the couples were hugging and laughing together as if they’d been friends for years—and in some ways, they have.

These couples share a unique understanding of the physical, emotional and spiritual scars that come from military service.

That is what makes Operation Heal Our Patriots such a vital ministry for Canadian military families.

There was a surprise for the couples as they landed in this remote part of Alaska. When they stepped out of their planes, they were greeted with a warm welcome by Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham and his wife, Jane. She offered a hug for each participant.

Hugging A Patriot

The Canadian couples were greeted by the Port Alsworth community and a large "thank you patriots" banner. 

Franklin Graham Greeting

Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham and his wife, Jane, offered a warm welcome to the Operation Heal Our Patriots couples.

They weren’t the only ones there to welcome the couples. Nearly every resident of the small Port Alsworth community greeted the planes on the runway, waving Canadian and American flags and welcoming the couples with children holding a large “thank you patriots” banner.

Over the course of the week at Samaritan Lodge, the couples will have time together in the stunningly beautiful Alaskan wilderness, now flush with brilliant fall colors. They will hike, fish, kayak, and go on a tour to see grizzly bears feasting on salmon in a nearby river.

The couples will also participate in Biblically based marriage courses to help them renew, rebuild and reaffirm their relationships. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains also offer follow-up care for the couples after the week of Operation Heal Our Patriots is finished.

Read a first hand account from the Operation Heal Our Patriots Canadian Week in Port Alsworth, Alaska

Ways you can help


Prayer is the most important gift you can give. Please keep these specific requests in your prayers: Ask God to protect our military personnel serving overseas. Pray for those service members who have been injured or wounded. Pray for the ministry of Operation Heal Our Patriots.


You can help bring a military couple to Samaritan Lodge Alaska for a life-changing retreat they desperately need and provide ongoing follow-up care for years to come. Your gift helps provide these husbands and wives the spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment they critically need. Donate Here