Story: We Started With Prayer

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Our story really begins out of a discipleship training program, and our son’s story, and our own personal history of really feeling God call us to start a military ministry. I think we had not resisted the call, but wondered, why on earth would we start a military ministry in Houston, Texas? You know, why would you do that? Fort Hood was two and a half hours away.

But once we lived through some things, especially with our son’s first deployment, we knew that we needed to get involved. God wanted us to be involved some way. We prayed a lot and asked people to pray with us and for us. We had a prayer shield of people that really laid the groundwork before us. And we sought out what we should do. Ultimately, we ended up having a luncheon at church and invited anybody who was interested in serving the military community. That was the topic.

We told them our story and told them why we were doing it. And we said, “We don’t what we’re gonna do. We don’t know what it looks like. We have no idea what next month will bring. But we are willing; we want to serve. And we’re willing to do whatever we can think of. Wherever God leads us, we’re willing to serve. We had about 15-20 core volunteers, that came on board with us at that point. And together we began to seek God for where He would lead us to go and serve and connect. We started doing everything from visiting the Vet Centers to calling a chaplain at a local Reserve unit. We even worked with our son’s unit at Fort Hood. We were trying to just figure out where we could begin to make a difference.

—Jeff Presnal – excerpted from E-Kit Video Seminar

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