Released 15 March 2012
Reclamed for the Kingdom!
Snatched from the grip of the devil-such is the history of the property that now houses the Kodiak Corps, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in November 2011.
In 1976, Major Arthur Smith, then Alaska's divisional commander, asked Lieutenant Craig Fanning, then in his first appointment at the Kenai Peninsula Corps, if he would be interested in someday opening the work in Kodiak.
Although it took a while, events unfolded-in God's time-that brought about the corps' opening. Unknown to everyone, a local resident, Nina Galbreth, had been praying constantly that God would redeem the Beachcomber Bar-favorite hangout of Kodiak's crab fishing fleet-known for rowdy parties and a raucous atmosphere.
By 1991 the bar had become a strip club, and Galbreth and others prayed that God would redeem this ground. The battle had been waging for more than 15 years when Major Olin Hogan, the new divisional commander, called on a former officer to open a corps in Kodiak. He didn't know that this was the same young lieutenant who had been approached 15 years previously.
Envoys Craig and Jeanne Fanning moved to Kodiak and began searching for a location. "We didn't know that Nina had been praying for decades about the property," Fanning said, "but I was drawn to the old Beachcomber, spending each lunchtime sitting outside the bar, praying that God would give this property to The Salvation Army."
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