Challenges of Deployment

Case Study: Al and Marie are young newlyweds in the military who moved into the home next door a few months ago. Everything is new to this young couple–being away from home, learning to depend on one another–all complicated by the fact that this is their first duty assignment. Al came home today with some […]

Test of Faith

The incident in Mogadishu, Somalia, made famous by the book and movie, “Black Hawk Down,” changed my life. It all began after high school when I visited an army recruiter. I asked, “What do you consider the toughest job in the army?” “Being an Airborne Ranger,” was his quick reply. “That’s what I want to […]


Life in Afghanistan was pretty boring–that is, for my first 72 hours. They choppered us about 12 clicks from our FOB and our mission was to walk back through several small towns, seeing what they needed and trying to sniff out intel about insurgents in the area. We had just left town, and were taking […]

Run to the Pain

I have always known, as has anyone who knows us, that Rick and I have very different in personalities. We clearly share the same faith, convictions and values, but the ways we react and interact to almost every event in the world are almost diametrically opposed. We recently took a test called StrengthsFinder for our work with Cru […]

Caring with Packages

For a number of years I sent care packages to the military personnel associated with members of my church – sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws. I tried to send a package every month. Some of the recipients were stationed in combat zones but others were in Europe or Okinawa or even as far away […]

Where Was God?

U.S. Green Beret among those killed in Afghan attack Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Two Americans — one a Green Beret — were killed Monday when an assailant wearing an Afghan National Security Forces uniform opened fire on the group, U.S. and NATO’s International Security Assistance Force officials said.  Oscar Nominee Kirby Dick Speaks Out About […]

Door Openers and Closers

Most people have good intentions when they reach out to a combat veteran and want to help and support. But sometimes they respond with questions or comments that should have been left unsaid. Perhaps they did not really think the comment or question all the way through. As concerned Christians, we want to offer the […]

Where do we go from here?

The year was 1940. The French Army had just collapsed under Hitler’s onslaught. The Dutch had folded, overwhelmed by the Nazi regime. The Belgians had surrendered. And the British Army was trapped on the coast of France in the channel port of Dunkirk. Two hundred and twenty thousand of Britain’s finest young men seemed doomed […]

Pray for Your Family During Deployment

…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches […]

The ABCs of Long Distance Parenting

“I’m not there! What can I do about it?” If you’ve ever heard those words from a deployed service member, you know the frustration they offer up to the one at home. So here are some thoughts to help—they’re so simple we call them the “ABCs” of long-distance parenting.