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Charity and Spirit at Port Alsworth, Alaska, are Praiseworthy and Inspiring! (Includes Greta’s “Last Call” Update)

You may have gotten a glimpse of it already but posts like this are just wonderful to read over and over. This one exudes energy, spirit, and the goodness (God’s goodness working through giving hearts) that was present at Port Alsworth in Alaska on Sunday. Sarah Palin was nothing short of effusive in describing the worthy project and her admiration for the work that Franklin Graham and Greta Van Susteren are doing. She also gave another shout out to her friends Parnelli Jones and Walker Evans who came a long way to be there. The pure love she feels for the troops, their families, and the appreciation she has for their sacrifice and patriotism just jumps off the page and makes you want to be there. I felt it.


Franklin Graham’s Samaritan Purse again steps up to the plate to positively impact lives!  We’re so thankful for Samaritan’s Purse’s presence in Alaska, where Franklin has traveled and virtually homesteaded for decades. (He first arrived at… age 17 to work blue-collar jobs on our Trans-Alaska Pipeline!) He’s so engaged in assisting our wounded warriors, and this unique program he leads with passion and hands-on humbleness is changing our heroes’ lives. Franklin knows firsthand a soldier’s sacrifice, having a son serving honorably in the U.S. Army, so he brings injured troops and their spouses to a fishing camp in a special, very remote community to enjoy “God’s Country” (as Todd calls it; it’s his old stomping grounds in the Bristol Bay area), and helps our brave warriors heal in body and soul and relationships?

What an awesome team Franklin has assembled to embrace our troops! The entire tiny town of Port Alsworth gathers along their gravel airstrip to welcome the arriving planes carrying our wounded. American flags and children’s handmade posters are proudly waved, serving as a substitute for the traditional Welcome Home ceremonies these young families missed out on, as most of the guys were rushed from war zones to hospitals instead. Enjoy the pictures Greta Van Susteren posted on Gretawire:


With such charitable hearts (and a soft spot for the Last Frontier!), Greta and her husband asisted this worthy cause as she took time away from Fox News to travel across the country to honor our troops. This picture shows the soldiers’ plane arriving to the town’s enthusiastic greeting, and of course the individual up front — working non-stop to capture this mission of goodness — is Greta! I consider her an Alaskan sourdough, proving herself a great fisherman and breakfast cook on this trip.

Thank you for your effective efforts, Greta and John, Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse, our friends Parnelli Jones and Walker Evans (who traveled far to pay tribute), and all of Port Alsworth! And infinite amounts of thanks go to our troops and their families for serving something greater than self. We love and honor you.

 Sarah Palin

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Cabins warriors and spouses stayed in, fishing with Greta and Rev. Graham:
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The picture above is from the lodge for wounded warriors. Gretawire: We have nine couples this week. Most are recovering from multiple injuries. They are some of America’s best.
This picture was taken a little while ago in front of Samaritan Lodge Alaska. We have nine couples this week. Most are recovering from multiple injuries. They are some of America’s best
Gretawire: This picture was taken a little while ago in front of Samaritan Lodge Alaska.

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Samaritan’s Purse Organizes “Operation Heal Our Patriots” Retreat for Wounded Veterans in Alaska

Governor Sarah Palin and husband, Todd, joined Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham, Greta Van Susteren and husband, John Coale, in greeting a new group of veterans to the “Operation Heal Our Patriots” ministry at a wilderness retreat in Port Alsworth, Alaska.  The ministry is dedicated to couples whoses spouses have been wounded in military combat or have had combat-related injuries after 9/11. The Palins arrived on Sunday with friends and famous racers, Parnelli Jones (1963 Indianapolis 500) and Walker “the Legend” Evans, (Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame), but this was the 12th out of the 15th week for couples to experience support and God’s presence through shared experiences.palins greet

Veterans enjoyed fishing off the Jay Hammond on Friday with Graham and Greta, on a boat named after the former governor of Alaska, celebrated the vow renewals of three couple who rededicatated themselves to marriage, and listened to a performanc by a formal opera singer and Iraqi veteran.

Our best wishes to the couples who are part of this great ministry. You have our prayers as well.  We appreciate the personal sacrifice that each one of you has made for this country.  For more information see http://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/greta-van-susteren-visits-patriots-in-alaska/

Three images from Greta Van Susteren posted on Gretawire: http://gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com/.


The Samaritan’s Purse is a humaritarian organization providing relief world-wide while doing Christian missionary work. Its name is derived from the Parable of the Good Samaritan, where Jesus teaches loving your neighbor as yourself. Its international headquarters are in Boone, North Carolina.

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Samaritan’s Purse in Haiti, December, 2012, after a cholera outbreak.

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Samaritan’s Purse in Birmingham, Alabama, May, 2011

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A Picture Of Servant Leadership At It’s Finest

By Gary P Jackson

John G Winder, publisher of The Cypress Times, a Houston based Christian orientated news site that both myself and Stacy Drake are regular contributors to, has written a beautiful commentary on Sarah Palin and leadership with a servant’s heart. We are proud to be able to share this with our readers.

It has long been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Much has been written and broadcast in the past 48 hours about the need to see a certain picture. A picture that some believe could provide comfort, closure, or confirmation of a death; a killing. This is a picture of death. It is bloody and gruesome, yet so many want to see it.

Another picture caught my eye today.

This was a picture of despair. It was a picture of hope. At its core it is a picture of the greatest hope the world knows. This was a picture of determination, perseverance, faith and the beauty of life in the midst of death. This too was a picture of the kind of leader I want for our nation as we move forward into ever turbulent times.

This is Sarah and Todd Palin who went to Birmingham, Alabama to serve along with other volunteers from Rev. Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse. This poignant photograph shows Todd and Sarah praying along with J.L. Price, a Birmingham man who some would say lost everything in the horrific tornadoes that tore apart the South last week.

J.L. Price could be seen as representative of all of America over the past several years. With gas and food prices rising, the economy shaky, and our children’s children swimming through a quicksand of debt, some might look at America and say we have lost, or are at the very least, in the rapid process of losing everything.

Yet, when I look at this photo of J.L. Price, I don’t see a man who lost everything. I see a man who has faith and therefore has everything, not the least of which is hope, courage and perseverance.

I see alongside J.L. Price a woman who could be anywhere in the world, doing anything she wished, doing anything else other than choosing to be sweating under the physical strain of manual labor in a steamy tornado ravaged town in Alabama.

I see servant leadership at its finest. I see servant leadership based on faith.

What is Servant Leadership?

Roy Lessin, founder of Outreach Publications, put it this way, “A Godly Leader finds strength by realizing his weakness, finds authority by being under authority, finds direction by laying down his own plans, finds vision by seeing the needs of others, finds credibility by being an example, finds loyalty by expressing compassion, finds honor by being faithful, finds greatness by being a servant.

A leader lives with people to know their problems. A leader lives with God in order to solve them,” John C. Maxwell.

Our country needs genuine hope which derives from faith in action: Servant Leadership. We need a servant leader.

Servant Leadership is rooted in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 13:2) Christ genuinely loved people, kept his goals ever in front of him, and was more interested in relationships and the lives of people than in tasks. Christ sought no credit. His service was not a publicity stunt.

So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many,” Mark 10: 42-45

It feels great to be working out here. I hope more people sign up with Samaritan’s Purse so they can be blessed like I am today,” Sarah Palin.

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I am convinced that without faith-driven Servant Leadership, our country will fall. I am convinced that we as a people must find genuine hope. We can no longer afford to follow along after some ill-conceived notion of a vague secular hope served up on a PR platter decorated by slogans and based on a singular personality whose genuine goals are all centered on self.

The winds of discontent blow fiercely across our nation. The people are no longer willing to sit idly by, blissfully ignorant, of our need to be served. Our nation needs to see real, deep, heartfelt hope demonstrated selflessly in actions, not words.

We need this emotionally, morally, politically and spiritually. We need a President who leads not from the position of political gains or losses, but rather a President who understands that the truest form of leadership is servant leadership.

Our elected officials are all elected to serve. They are not elected to rule. They are not elected to dictate. Their positions are defined as representative roles designed to serve you, to serve the people. Too many of our elected officials have become power hungry, publicity hungry megalomaniacs who believe they are in charge, and that they are to be served. That’s backward.

The only way to change our backward direction as a nation is for the ones truly in charge, you and me and our neighbors, to find a genuine servant leader to serve us, to serve our country.

I found that leader today.

Any questions I may have had about that leader’s qualifications, or concerns about the minutiae of policy melted away. Why?

Because a picture is worth a thousand words and a picture of leadership, hope, life, determination, hard work and faith is worth much more than mere words.

This is the kind of president I want for me, my wife and our family. This is the kind of president I want for our nation. I want someone who rolls up their sleeves and gets down in the dirt with the rest of us in order to serve our nation.

I want someone who knows who we are and will lead with the courage that is derived from faith, love and yes, hope. Real hope.

~ John G Winder

The Times is a great website for local and national news as well as for opinion and inspiration. Take time to check it out here.

For more photos and video of Sarah, as well as how you can help Samaritan’s Purse help tornado victims, click here.


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Video: Sarah and Todd Palin Pitch In To Help In Alabama

By Gary P Jackson

From Samaratin’s Purse:

Todd Palin, four-time winner of the Iron Dog off-road snowmobile race across Alaska, along with his wife, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, joined Samaritan’s Purse volunteers to help tornado victims in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday.

I came here to work hard,” Todd said. “There’s no point in being here if you’re not going to work hard.

After getting a safety briefing and talking with volunteers, the Palins joined a crew assisting homeowner J.L. Price. The couple helped haul off brush and debris, and with the rest of the crew, prayed with Mr. Price.

It feels great to be working out here,” Sarah said. “I hope more people sign up with Samaritan’s Purse so they can be blessed like I am today.

The Price home took a direct hit from a tornado and sustained extensive damage.

It’s hard to imagine anyone surviving this,” Todd said. “What a terrifying time it must have been for them. This just really gets you.

While going through the debris, Todd found a wooden plaque bearing the Price name and nailed it to a tree, one of the few things remaining standing on the property.

This is the third time the Palins have participated in Samaritan’s Purse relief efforts.

In December 2010, Todd, Sarah, and daughter Bristol joined Franklin Graham for a two-day visit to Haiti. They surveyed our work with cholera patients, handed out Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts to children, and visited a shelter community Samaritan’s Purse built in the aftermath of the January earthquake.

In 2009, the governor joined Graham to hand out food parcels to families in Alaskan villages facing hunger because of a harsh winter.

I appreciate their willingness to bring hope to people in need,” Graham said.

Samaritan’s Purse is helping out all over the South with relief efforts and they need your help. They are asking for volunteers who want to come and help clean up, the first step to rebuilding. Money is also needed to help the people whose lives have been turned upside down.

Please go to the Samaritan’s Purse website and get involved.


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Sarah and Todd Palin In Alabama Helping With Disaster Relief Efforts

By Gary P Jackson

Sarah and Todd Palin are in Alabama helping Samaritan’s Purse with clean-up efforts after tornadoes have devastated the region. Samaritan’s Purse is helping out all over the South with relief efforts and they need your help. They are asking for volunteers who want to come and help clean up, the first step to rebuilding. Money is also needed to help the people whose lives have been turned upside down.

Please go to the Samaritan’s Purse website and get involved.

There is a short video of Sarah speaking about the relief efforts here. If you want to see many more videos of the devastation and the relief efforts, check out Samaritan’s Purse’s You Tube channel here.

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Exclusive Videos: Franklin Graham & Sarah Palin Visit Haiti

By Gary P Jackson

These two videos, exclusively from Samaritan’s Purse, highlight the effort being done to help Haitians survive the effects, not only from the earthquake that happened nearly a year ago, but from a deadly outbreak of cholera.

The conditions in the island nation are dire. Haitians lack the most basic necessities of life. The conditions are worsened by political unrest and widespread violence.

Samaritan’s Purse is an organization that puts the money folks donate to good use. You can send money knowing it goes to help those in need.

We know money is tight, but if you have some money set aside for charity, and are looking for the best use of those dollars, we recommend Samaritan’s Purse and their efforts in Haiti. You can donate by going to Samaritan’s Purse’s website and choosing “Haiti.”

At this time of hope and charity, please help as much as you can by sending a donation, be it large or small, to Samaritan’s Purse.

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The AP’s Blatantly Biased Haiti Coverage

By Stacy Drake

The Associated Press provided another example as to why the media cannot be trusted to cover anything Governor Palin does fairly. AP “reporter” Jonathan Katz, wrote an article about the governor’s recent trip to Haiti with Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse. Katz opens his article by saying:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin began a tightly stage-managed visit to Haiti on Saturday in which she visited cholera clinics while avoiding crowds and the press.

Stage-managed” eh? As to imply that this is just some sort of staged political photo-op, no doubt. It wasn’t, but regardless it is not Jonathan Katz’ job as an AP reporter to make that assumption in the first place.

He then goes on to say (emphasis mine):

Palin, who traveled in part by helicopter, provided access on her tour solely to the U.S. cable network Fox News.

Graham’s organization, Samaritan’s Purse, refused to discuss Palin’s itinerary with other media and asked Haitian and American reporters to leave its compounds, citing a “security lockdown.”

It should be noted that Greta Van Susteren was asked by Franklin Graham (this is not the first time Greta has accompanied Graham on an overseas trip) to come to Haiti, it wasn’t Governor Palin who set that up.

Rebecca Mansour weighed in on Twitter to say:

Jonathan Katz of the Associated Press is a liar. He knows very well that Samaritan’s Purse was in charge of press in Haiti, not Gov. Palin.


I told him myself repeatedly. He also knows very well that for security reasons, Samaritan’s Purse did not want to release their itinerary.

Katz and others in the media seem to be saying two different things in their articles about Governor Palin’s trip to Haiti. They imply it was a photo-op on one hand, then complain about a lack of access on the other. So which is it? I gather this is just more, ‘throw the kitchen sink‘ at Governor Palin to see what sticks.

Jonathan Katz then writes:

Associated Press television journalists saw Palin talking with foreign aid workers. She wore cargo pants, a T-shirt and designer sunglasses on her first trip outside the United States since speaking to investors in Hong Kong last year. That speech was also closed to the media.

Why is JonathanKatz reporting on Governor’s Palin’s wardrobe? The last time I checked, Katz wasn’t a fashion reporter. Who cares what Governor Palin wore on a humanitarian mission? Some might say that it was sexist of Katz to include that in his article. I’ll leave that up to readers to decide for themselves.

By the way, as Ian noted earlier, Governor Palin and Franklin Graham held a press conference on Sunday in Haiti from the Samaritan’s Purse camp. So, no this trip was not closed to the media. You can see a photo from that presser here.

Update: I was just reminded that the Hong Kong speech was not closed to the media. Katz was wrong about that as well. The Wall Street Journal covered the Hong Kong event here.


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Sarah Palin And Reverend Franklin Graham To Visit Haiti For Humanitarian Effort

By Gary P Jackson

Sarah Palin and the Reverend Franklin Graham plan to visit Haiti this weekend and bring relief to many who are suffering from a cholera outbreak and widespread political violence.

This will be the second time Sarah has teamed up with Reverend Graham. In the photo above, taken in February of 2009, Governor Palin is seen passing out much needed food and supplies in the remote Alaskan village of Russian Mission as part of a relief effort to many isolated Alaskan villages during an unusually rough winter.

From the Washington Post:

JUNEAU, Alaska — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to visit Haiti amid a period of political upheaval this weekend to aid humanitarian efforts in the Caribbean country.

A Palin staffer confirmed Thursday that Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee and a potential 2012 presidential contender, planned to travel to Haiti with the Rev. Franklin Graham as part of the outreach of his Samaritan’s Purse relief organization.

A spokeswoman for the group confirmed Palin planned to visit relief sites this weekend.

A cholera outbreak has killed more than 2,000 people in Haiti, a country that is still recovering from a devastating earthquake earlier this year and is in the midst of a disputed presidential election.

Gunfire and barricades were reported Thursday in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, and the U.S. State Department reissued a travel warning to the country and recommended against nonessential travel.

Graham said he appreciates Palin’s willingness to visit Haiti during such troubled times.

I believe Gov. Palin will be a great encouragement to the people of Haiti and to the organizations, both government and private, working so hard to provide desperately needed relief,” he said in a statement.

Graham heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, founded by his father, the Rev. Billy Graham. His Samaritan’s Purse has maintained a presence in Haiti, treating thousands of people, building a cholera clinic and bringing in plane loads of medical aid, according to its website.

Palin staffer Rebecca Mansour said plans called for Palin to be joined by her husband, Todd, and, Mansour believed, daughter Bristol as well. She described the plans as fluid.

After resigning as governor last year, Palin focused heavily on getting conservative candidates elected, earning a reputation as something of a kingmaker during the midterm elections and raising her own political profile.

Her travel outside the country has been limited since she burst onto the national stage, including a trip last year to Hong Kong, where she delivered a speech on U.S.-China relations.

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