Story: The Lord Moved Me
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Larry and Evelyn read an article in the newspaper about a seminar being held the next day. The Bridges to Healing seminar, put on by Military Ministry (now Cru Military), aimed at preparing and motivating people in the Eugene/Springfield area to minister to the 400 National Guardsmen returning from Afghanistan the next month.
Since their plans for the day had fallen through, Larry decided to attend to see what this was all about. He had not served in the military himself, nor did he have anyone in his family serving in the military. But his heart was moved and he came. That afternoon, as soon as the the seminar was finished, Larry contacted the elders of his church and asked if he could start a Combat Trauma support group using the “Combat Trauma Healing Manual” in the church.
Larry and Evelyn then contacted us asking to be coached on what to do next. While we met to discuss their ideas, they mentioned they were snowbirds and would be spending the winter in Arizona. A bit dismayed, we suggested that that may make it difficult for them to do a ministry like this.
“Oh, we know that,” they said. “We’ve got a veteran in the church who will be helping us. He can lead it while we are gone.”
That veteran, Randy, was injured in Iraq and is now medically retired. Once he got over the surprise of being tagged as the small group leader, he connected with vets through his old Reserve unit and through his gift of evangelism. He’s facilitated the group now for four years. Because 0f this experience, Randy decided to pursue a degree in counseling after he was medically retired from the Army Reserves.
When Larry and Evelyn got to Arizona they worked with their pastor to get a small group going there and they continue to find ways and places to launch more groups. It takes all skills, talents and gifts to launch a ministry to the military. Larry and Evelyn are launchers. Randy is a recruiter and teacher. What are you able to bring to this ministry?