Clyta Coder lived in Alaska from 1975 to 1982. Clyta has had articles and poetry published in the San Antonio Express News, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and The Alaska Baptist Messenger. Her poem, Hammock Peace, written while at Laity Lodge, was published in an HEB foundation newsletter. She has written a series of Sunday School lessons for youth on the Gospel of John. Today Clyta lives in San Antonio, Texas where she writes poetry, personal essays and stories, serves in her church and spends time with her two daughters and grandchildren.
About Mountains, Rainbows and an Occasional Moose:
How exciting to drive over the Alaska Highway in 1975 to a land of snow-covered mountain peaks and glorious northern lights. What a challenge to adjust to the extreme cold, the vast distances between population centers, and the high cost of living. How did Clyta Coder and her husband, Frank, accept living thousands of miles away from extended family? With a lot of help from a lot of friends: incredible men and women like missionary Valeria Sherard, Ted McRoberts, a retired territorial marshal, and Ethyl Peasgood who had taught school in three remote villages. Share the experiences of an ordinary couple in an extraordinary land, serving the Lord in churches across Alaska. Frank was a minister of music and youth and a music teacher in public schools. Clyta worked alongside him, teaching children, youth and adults in Bible study and mission groups. The seven years they lived in Alaska were full of highs and lows-the fondest dreams and the deepest disappointments. The faith that the ups and downs tempered in Clyta has sustained her. She writes of her faith journey to help others who might be traveling through valleys of doubt and discouragement. Travel the vast north country with Clyta and learn to love the land and its people as she and Frank did.