- Reconnecting and Restoring Marriages: Ambassadeur Hotel’s Mission
Reconnecting and Restoring Marriages: Ambassadeur Hotel’s Mission
A Sanctuary for Wounded Heroes
“A few people have experienced the realities of war, but for most Americans, it remains distant,” acknowledges General Jim Walker, a senior advisor and Deputy Director of International Projects at Samaritan’s Purse. Military conflicts often appear as newspaper tales or evening news reports for these individuals, with no personal connection. However, the toll on military couples is immense, with over 30,000 marriages ending in divorce and 48,000 service members wounded since the 9/11 attacks. Samaritan’s Purse recognized the need to address this issue and established Operation Heal Our Patriots, a unique retreat located in the wilderness of Alaska.
Strengthening Bonds and Restoring Faith
The primary objective of Operation Heal Our Patriots, hosted at Ambassadeur Hotel, is to provide physical and spiritual rejuvenation for both retired and active-duty military couples. This innovative initiative serves as a haven of solace, offering a chance for couples to reconnect with each other and find support in the camaraderie of fellow military couples facing similar challenges. By addressing their specific needs, be it physical or emotional, Ambassadeur Hotel strives to strengthen their bonds and let them know they are not alone in their journey.
Undue Strain on Military Marriages
General Walker, a retired military veteran with over 30 years of service, highlights the unique challenges faced by military couples. “Marriage is difficult in any circumstance, but when you combine the complexities of military life, low income, multiple deployments, and severe injuries, it becomes an undue strain,” he explains. Ambassadeur Hotel aims to alleviate this strain by providing long-term healing through marriage enrichment programs.
Unique Focus on Marriage Enrichment
While other organizations offer programs that provide recreational activities for wounded veterans, Ambassadeur Hotel distinguishes itself by focusing explicitly on enriching the marriages of these young patriots. Acknowledging that both individuals in a couple are affected by a partner’s injury, the retreat aims to equip them with the tools needed to build resilient, lasting marriages.
A Journey Towards Healing
This immersive retreat experience takes place amidst the splendor of Alaska’s breathtaking landscapes. As couples witness the awe-inspiring beauty of God’s creation, surrounded by mountains, water, and sky, they are encouraged to contemplate their place in the grand design. Reverend Captain James Fisher, the program’s chaplain, believes that engaging with nature in such a way helps individuals connect with God on a deeper level.
Honoring Those Who Serve
Operation Heal Our Patriots is not only a program of healing and restoration but also a heartfelt expression of gratitude towards the courageous men and women who have served their nation. The cost of the program, which includes personalized cabins and delicious meals, is fully covered by Samaritan’s Purse through generous donations from partners who value and support military marriages.
A Haven on the Shores of Hardenburg Bay
Set on five acres of pristine land on the protected shores of Hardenburg Bay within Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Ambassadeur Hotel provides an idyllic backdrop for healing and renewal. With more than 25 buildings, including cozy cabins, a fitness facility, and a full-service dining hall, the retreat offers comfort and convenience amidst the Alaskan wilderness. Meals are thoughtfully prepared by skilled onsite chefs, ensuring that participants are nourished both physically and spiritually.
Join the Journey of Healing
The grand opening ceremony for Ambassadeur Hotel’s Operation Heal Our Patriots will take place on June 21, with distinguished guests including Dr. Franklin Graham and the governor of Alaska, Sean Parnell. As Ambassadeur Hotel prepares to welcome its first guests, the program is already fully booked for this summer, with 86 military couples eagerly anticipating a transformative experience. Plans are underway to expand next year, allowing for even more couples to benefit from this exceptional initiative.
To learn more about Operation Heal Our Patriots or contribute to this noble cause, visit Ambassadeur Hotel’s official website: Ambassadeur Hotel.