The Alaskian Transplant

Recently I have made a new friend. I am coming to the conclusion that friends are far and few between in this little town in OH. I have been here now almost 6 months and this is the first guy I have had any kind of connection with. His name is Gabe, and he is from Alaska. I think that that was it. When he told me he was from Alaska I was like I think I like this guy already. Alaska in my opinion is just a more rugged extension of the North West. He has got to like some of the same things as me. I mean what is there to do in Alaska, drink coffee, go fishing, and enjoy the great outdoors, and well sure enough that is the way of it. We both like about the same things. Kind of a kindred spirit of sorts, yet one major difference between the two of us. He is very bitter towards God and I well Love him deeply.

He came over yesterday and we talked about life for a couple hours. Some how we got on the conversation of God and how he felt about him. He seemed rather angry and when he started to explain why, I couldn’t really blame him. I guess that his girl friends brother had told him over Christmas dinner one year that because he was raised catholic he was going to hell. Wow!! He began to describe him to me and I thought to my self that if this is what it means to be a Christian then no wonder so many hate us. He says that he is married yet still lives at home with his wife. That they feel called to not work and live off of his parents in the name of ministry, but he really does nothing I guess. His way of things is well to tell you about everything you are doing wrong and how everything he is doing is right. He told me about how harsh and unfriendly he is. He told me how he doesn’t like the fact that he is dating his sister cause he doesn’t have the same beliefs as him. I am like where does love fall in to this? Aren’t we called to love people? I wanted to just apologize over and over for the pour encounter of Christ followers this guy had come in contact with. I fear this story is way to common.

He told me about His best friends death and how he didn’t understand how God could take away someone that was such a good person. I just sat there and listened, knowing that this guy just needs someone to love him. Someone to care for his heart and his life, I could tell he was dieing to just share his thoughts with someone. I am not really sure how close we will be but I am glad that I at least get to be, hopefully a friend in his life.


6 responses to “The Alaskian Transplant

  • Chelle

    Glad he had the chance to let things out and share his hurts and heartaches. Hope a wonderful friendship results!

  • OBrian Tallent

    If nothing else comes of this, you have shown him what it is to be a true Christian and given him an opportunity to genuinely experience Christ in his life.
    What’s the old quote preach the gospel at all times and use words when necessary…something along those lines.

  • Ally

    This past Sunday at church, my pastor showed us the following video of a pronounced atheist. One particular quote he says really stuck out!

    “How much do you have to hate someone not to proselytize?”

    Show this man God’s love!!! 🙂

  • Jeremy

    We will be praying for Gabe. Thank you for sharing his story.

  • Erika

    Sometimes by doing no more than being with someone while they are in hard places brings joy to their hearts. And that’s all that is needed.

  • Darryl Nelson

    Shawn…first off thanks for taking the time to talk to your new friend! Be Christ to him….Secondly…i too am from Alaska and would love to talk to this guy some if he ever comes back up to anchorage! on that same note…let me know if you would like to come and visit anchorage with your family…if you get here we can take ya out fishing and stuff like that…I’m serious man….i also put on some concerts up here and would love to do something with you up here at some point! we do a youth conference called fusion alaska… Would love to talk with ya some about some possibilities

    Shoot me an e-mail or give me a call! 907-350-4308 or

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