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What is
What is

David M. Williams

Program Director

Larry Aldrich

Operations Manager

Randy Hess

Maintenance Supervisor

Larry O’Connor Greg Mann Neil Givens Roger Klein Donn Baker

Client Supervisors

David McKnight

Van Driver

Solomona Talivaa


John Lofquist


Curtis Scoggins

Talivaa Maintenance John Lofquist Donations Curtis Scoggins Intern Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission A Ministry of Rescue


Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission A Ministry of Rescue & Recovery

A publication of the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission • Anchorage, Alaska




Our Ministry is to, “the Least, the Last, theLost”.

Christ our Creed—Love our Law. Under God, by His grace and through the Leadership of the Holy Spirit a Gospel Rescue Mission is: an arm of the local church given to a soul saving ministry among rejected and neglected people every-where. A home mission station where Christianity is practiced every day of the year. It is a gospel oriented agency dedicated to helping those people the church does not reach. Although we are called upon to help a person meet material needs this is over-shadowed by meeting spiritual needs and preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to all who will hear. Yes, the Gospel Rescue Mission strives to set people on their feet. But, more important it strives to start them walking with God.

In Love and Compassion the Gospel Rescue Mission points out that God’s grace (His unmerited favor alone) recreates a life. This re-recreation is for men, women, young people and children alike. This ministry gives evidence that God is no respecter of persons. The proof of this is recognized in that “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”. II Cor. 5:17.

Some have found and others will nd the Gospel Rescue Mission to be: A relief society…, a work therapy program geared to helping a person become rehabilitated, a shelter for those without a roof over their head…, a home for the homeless…, a friendly inn where food is found for the body. The Gospel Rescue Mission endeavors to meet physical needs of all who seek out its help in order that it may minister to their spiritual needs. Why this image, this attitude, this approach? Because our Lord often identied with this type of man or women or a child that would nd their way to a Gospel Rescue Mission. He even said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19.

The Gospel Rescue Mission remembers that our Lord set the pace and expects us to keep up by telling people everywhere that He said, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”. Matt. 9:13.

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a closer look David Williams
a closer look
David Williams

Dispelling a Few Myths

I would like to begin this article by dispelling a few myths. The Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission is not

a drug & alcohol rehabilitation center. We are not a

Community Correctional Residential Center (CCRC), and we are not a op house for the chronic inebriate. What we are is a spiritual recovery program in service to disenfranchised, helpless, lost, and hurting people in the Anchorage community. Our aim is to restore the severed relationship between the Lord and the individual. This severed relationship is at the root of most, if not all, problems faced by those we serve.

In exodus 20:3 The Lord instructs “You shall have no other gods before Me.” In Psalm 105:4 we are told to “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” Deuteronomy 6:5 commands us to “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Psalm 65:30 says, “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.” All of this tells me we were created for one thing and one thing only, to be addicted to God! It makes perfect sense to me. If we were created to be addictive beings it explains why we do the things we don’t want to do. When we turn our face from God we have to nd something to ll this compulsion to be dependent. That’s what an addiction really is, needing to rely on or trust in somebody or something for help or support, especially in the area of our need to feel safe.

There are a myriad of addictions to choose from. Drugs, Alcohol, sex, shopping, gambling, co-dependent relationships, and food just to name a few. These are all coping behaviors designed to temporarily deaden unwanted thoughts, feelings, and memories in order for us to feel normal or safe.


The reason we are not a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center is because we do not teach the science of addiction. There are those who believe science and theology are mutually exclusive. I’m not one of them. I believe science, regardless of the eld, can do nothing but point to the existence of a creator. Having said this I believe there is a science associated with addiction. The limbic system, neocortex, and other areas of the brain all play an important role in our behaviors.

Pointing out the existence of the science behind addiction is as far as we go. Thirty percent of our program men remain clean and sober beyond two years after graduation. This impressive number is not a result of a rehabilitation or treatment program it is a by product of a restored relationship with our savior. In the end science, theory, speculation, and hypothesis evaporate in the presence of God. Once you have restored your relationship with the Lord Jesus your behavior changes.

The reason we are not a Community Correctional Residential Center (CCRC) is simply because we do not lock the doors nor are we under contract with the Department of Corrections (DOC). Do we have men and women who use our service on parole or probation? Yes! One of the tragic reality of this business is most of our clients are ex offenders. The operative word here is ex. Once these men and women complete their obligation to the justice system we as a society have allowed so many barriers to be erected they have little chance of success. I don’t believe this has happened out of spite but I do believe our fear has overridden our reason.

Justice is a funny thing, if I demand justice I have to be prepared to receive justice. I once read a story about a young man who was brought before the famous civil war general Robert E. Lee for some infraction of the camp rules. As he stood there trembling before the general the general said, “You don’t have to be afraid you’ll nd justice here.” The young man replied, “That’s what I’m afraid of.” The thought of God dispensing justice to me is terrifying. I know what I deserve but because of grace I have been spared justice.

We have to stop making it impossible for these men and women to move foreword in life. That’s why we don’t discriminate against anyone at the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission. If we did a lot of our problems would evaporate. The new title 21 zoning being implemented turns any organization into a CCRC as soon as they accept someone who is on parole or probation. The result is they are out of compliance with zoning regulations. Therefore they have to either shut their doors or discriminate. Our city code requires us to discriminate? Say it isn’t so! I wish I could but I can’t.

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Frank Thomas-Meyers

status report
status report

Mission Status Report


I begin this month’s report recognizing the Mission’s Board of Trustees and Emeritus who live Paul’s words in Ephesians 4:1. Collectively these six men have served this Mission for 133 years or an average of about 22 years each. If these gentlemen volunteer about 5 hours a week in service to the Lord and this Mission; that’s about 260 hour a year each. Collectively for their 133 years, that’s about 34,580 hours of volunteer service from these six men. Please pray for the Mission’s Board of Trustees and Advisory Board. These individual bear a heavy responsibility and each needs the Lord’s support and your prayers.

Mission on the Move update. The Mission’s executive/professional staff and its Board are conducting an orderly, deliberate thoughtful prayerful process of risk qualication, and future planning. The Rasmuson Foundation stepped forward in January to offer leadership assistance. On April 1, 2008, the Mission hosts the Rasmuson Foundation’s president Diane Kaplan and program ofcer Sammye Pokryfki for an initial get-acquainted meeting and Mission tour. NewLife program director David Williams and Executive Director Bro. Don Bettis have put the nishing touches on a nal draft ve-year plan; the focus of this plan is what the Mission needs to be to follow its purpose and serve its constituency.

Mission on the Move volunteer request. Ladies and gentleman: If you or someone you know has a calling from the Lord to step forward and volunteer to help, the Mission is ready to hear from you. From now through mid-May, our objective is to compile a list of volunteers; then with that list in hand we will begin to parse out projects that might interest you. Please call the Mission’s Assistant Executive Director Charlotte Bettis (or Miss Charlotte as the NewLife men know her), and get your name on the list. Miss Charlotte’s phone number is (907) 563-5603 and her fax number is (907) 563-3863. We are looking for people who would give from ½ hour to 10 hours a week for this project.

Prayer Requests: Please pray for the Lord’s help assembling a volunteer army. The Lord Needs You – An Army of You, not just one or two. We—all of us together—each doing a little part will together accomplish a miracle. Join today!

Thank You: Attn Mission News reader/supporter S.R. (you know who you are): Thank you and your family for volunteering a few hours of your time to research and email to me what other Missions are doing around the country—like Children’s programs, Medical Clinics, Women’s Outreach and Clothes Closet. God Bless You for your help! You are a good example to others who might spend a little time here or there to serve their Lord and His Mission.

testimonies Michael Knott
Michael Knott

My name is Michael Knott and I’m

27 years old. 15 of those 27 years

I had a big problem with drugs. I

started when I was 12 years old by smoking pot and as I got older

I got deeper and deeper in. I’m

not proud of it but I’ve had my experiences with a lot of different


When I was 18 years old I ended up getting into legal trouble for the rst time in my life. And though that was my rst and only felony

I could not seem to get away from

the misdemeanors. I ended up on probation, and became a member of the rotating door plan with the department of corrections.

As bad as I knew the drugs were and the fact they kept me going back to jail didn’t slow me down. As soon as I got out I would go right back doing the same old thing. When I was 20 years old I was on house arrest and on July 7 of 2001 my grandmother died. Three days later on July 10 my mother who was my best friend died, we buried both of them on the seventeenth. The next day I turned 21. At that point my life was as low as It could get. Or at least I thought this was the bottom of my barrel.


The Love of Christ

I began to use drugs in earnest. This lifestyle affected every part of my life. From my relationship with my father to my work and everything in between. I know now that even though there were plenty of times that should have killed me God kept me alive because he has a plan for my life. I don’t know what it is right now but I believe that God brought me to the “NewLife” Recovery

I believe that God brought me to the “NewLife” Recovery program at the Anchorage Gospel Rescue

program at the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission to begin cleansing me from the things he didn’t like about my life.

Romans 8:28 says, “All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” So I believe that god allowed me to go through all that stuff so he could bring me out of it now so I would have an awesome testimony which gives him glory.

There is no way I could begin to express my gratitude to God for bringing me this far and now I can honestly say that I’m no longer just existing in this world, I’m living now and I’m living for God. The “NewLife” program here at the

Rescue Mission has done wonders for me. Part of what God is doing in my life now is changing my desires. Those desires kept dragged me down. Now my desires are for the things that not only will help me but also to help the community.

I’m interested in getting involved in my church doing ministry work like street evangelism or hospital ministry or something along those lines. Whatever it is I know it will allow me to spread the word of God and what he has done and is doing in my life. In my job here at the mission I go out into the community and pick up donations from so many different people and business, at rst it really surprised me but the more I get to know God the more he reveals himself to me the more I realize it is his love shining through his children.

When I graduate the program this summer and go back into the community I want people to see the light of God shining through me. I plan on staying in the word of God and to continue to grow in my loving relationship with my lord. I pray that everyone who knows the Lord continues to do the same and for those who don’t know God I pray for them to realize the saving grace and knowledge that is Jesus Christ lord and savior.

God bless you all!

Living Memorials

….touch lives as they honor the memory of loved ones and friends.

by by by by


In Memory of Esperanza M. Casas Martha Cashen In Memory of George Hixon Lee and Carolyn Hollar Kenneth and Maria Cobb In Memory of Lowell and Betty Thorsness Curtis and Trudy Lund In Memory of George Whalen Edna Whalen In Memory of A.J. “Whitey” Yurman Mrs. J.A. Yurman

faith and purpose

However dark may seem… Or steep the path I trod…

I have no fear because I know… I have my faith in God… I know He will not leave me or… Forget me in my need… As long as I believe in Him… With every thought and deed…

I may be foolish now and then… And I may lose the way… But He is always at my side… Wherever I may stray… His guiding grace reminds me of… The mercy He has shown… And in my deepest misery… I never feel alone… I know my God is willing to… Forgive my every sin… As long as I have faith and I Sincerely try to win…

“Without faith it is impossible to please God”… Hebrews 11:6

Please Let Me Reminisce, Again

Last month I printed two very old songs in this newsletter and I never heard from anyone if they remember them. I was sure, “The Old Fashioned Meeting” would have been remembered by some. But, maybe it was too old. See if you remember this one.

God Leads Us Along

In Shady green pastures, so rich and so sweet, God leads His dear children along; Where the water’s cold ow bathes The weary one’s feet, God leads His dear children along

Sometimes on the mountain where the Sun shines so bright, God leads his dear children along; Sometimes in the valley in the darkness of night, God leads His dear children along.

Tho’ sorrows befall us and satan oppose, God leads His dear children along; Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes, God leads His dear children along.

Away from the mire and away from the clay, God leads His dear children along; Away up in glory, eternity’s day, God leads His dear children along.

Chorus: repeat after each verse. Some thro’ the waters, some thro’ the ood, Some thro’ the re, but all thro’ the blood; Some thro’ great sorrow, but God gives a song; In the night season and all the day long.

your will

Have you prepared your will or planned your estate? If not, you really need to attend to this matter soon. Someone that you do not even know could be appointed to handle these things for you when you are gone and your personal possessions and valuables could go where you may not want them to go. When preparing your will or estate. please remember the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission.

Rev. Don Bettis director’s desk
Rev. Don Bettis
director’s desk

What is a Gospel Rescue Missioncontinued

The staff at the Anchorage Gospel Rescue seek to glorify the Lord through their ministry. Jesus, looking over the centuries of unborn put His blessings on this extension of the church ministry (Gospel Rescue Missions), when He said, “the poor ye have with you always”. John 12:8. There will always be a need for the Gospel Rescue Mission. This is true in spite of efforts on the part of men and governments to silence the Gospel.

There is an ever-increasing number of what sociologist term the “low bottom” people. You count then in every age range; children, youth and adults. These are largely neglected because of moral, ethical, mental or physical stench they raise. Many of these from the, “street of forgotten men”, in desperation turn to the Gospel Rescue Mission as a last resort. Thus, ministering in the name of our lovely Lord the Gospel Rescue Mission seeks to reach them

for CHRIST who is the answer to their problems.

The Gospel Rescue Mission does not ask, “Why are you here”

but rather, now that you are here turn what is left of your life over to Christ.”

In feeding or housing the unemployed or unemployable, the Gospel Rescue Mission helps to keeps some from robbing or stealing or pursuing other lawless ways. So, this ministry has a part in protecting the community, people, property and the person himself from doing something harmful and destructive.

To this service is linked the preaching of the Gospel. Sin is rampant in the world and in the mad procession there are multitudes that never darken the sanctuary of any church. Some of these will be reached by the Gospel Rescue Mission and every effort will then be made to guide them to the church. There they can take their place as members of society

Did I Hear You Say….How Can I Have A Part….How can I Help?

You as a person, and your church a Christian community, can pray for your local Gospel Rescue Mission and those in charge of its operation… you can with full assurance of being appreciated, participate in its service to the homeless… become acquainted with the staff and share constructively its problems and burdens… also, you may contribute nancially or with-in kind donations. For denite suggestions on how you may help contact Larry Aldridge, Operations Manager or David Williams Program Director at 563-5603.

Don Bettis

To visit our new travel page go to or go to the Mission’s web

To visit our new travel page go to or go to the Mission’s web page at and click on the menu item Travel.

or go to the Mission’s web page at and click on the menu item Travel.
or go to the Mission’s web page at and click on the menu item Travel.


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and ideas. It is so very important for each of you to understand we cannot do what we do without you!

The reason we are not a op house for the chronic inebriate is because we don’t allow anyone who has been drinking to stay at our facility. The reason we don’t allow this is because intoxicated people take away the safety of our other guest. Everyone deserves a safe environment what is provided here at the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission is a safe healing environment. We also believe it’s important to set boundaries and standards. Our behavior is dictated by our character and our character is rooted in our belief system. We refuse to compromise our beliefs because to do so places our character at risk.

There are those in the community who believe we enable the homeless population. To be fair we probably do when it comes to those individuals who choose to be homeless. Homelessness is, after all, a lifestyle that requires no responsibility what so ever. As strange as it might seem to some this attracts a small percentage of people. Do we then sacrice all the other men, women, and children who rely upon the Mission for basic necessities? Of course not! Are there some who get over on us because of our desire to help? Yes! However just as our justice system would rather see a guilty man go free rather than have an innocent man go to jail. We at the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission would rather be taken advantage of by those who use the system rather than deny those who rely on the system.

I suppose the most important myth we would like to dispel an that is the ideal this is our Ministry. The bottom line is this is your Ministry! All we do is oversee it on your behalf. We are open to comments, suggestion,

Learning Center Update

Neil Givens has been named as our new Learning Center Administrator

Look for Neil’s Learning Center Update article in the May 2008 newsletter. He will provide our readers with his assessment of our needs in the Education Department.

Learning Center Wish List

• Software

• Computers

• GED Textbooks

• Computer Textbooks

• Compost ion Notebooks

Gift cards to Barnes & Noble or Best Buy are a great way to donate textbooks and software. We invite you to visit us on the web or drop us an E-mail

We invite you to visit us on the web or drop us an E-mail with your comments and suggestions

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Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission

Board of Trustees

Ed Shelton (President) Bob Collins ( Vice President/treasure) Enoch Adams (Secretary) Mark Soquet


Cliff Hodgins Rev. Willard leisy Advisory Board:

Paul Kelly

Rev. Don Bettis, Exec. Dir. Charlotte Bettis, Asst. Dir.

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The Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission is a Non-Pro t, Non-Denominational organization. We receive NO municipal, state or federal funds. We are not a United Way Agency. Your nancial support and In-Kind donations make it possible for us to provide for the poor, needy and homeless people in our community. Also, your donations allow us to provide a Drug and Alcohol Recovery program. All Donations are fully tax deductible. We will give you a receipt for your donation.


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