The War isn’t over for military families
May 25, 2012
By SARA HORN

Start a ministry for military wives and/or military moms, or a group that specializes in supporting PTSD and combat-related struggles. (Military Ministry, a division of Campus Crusade for Christ, is a great place to start when looking for combat trauma resources. You may find that you not only reach the current veteran, but veterans of past wars as well, including our Vietnam vets.)

Invite them to your regular activities but consider also providing special activities just for them, such as Bible studies specifically on deployment or a meal for spouses and their children whose service members are away.

Encourage your small groups to adopt a military family or a single service member during his or her time away from home on deployment. Send care packages and cards, and let him or her know your group is praying. Now, more than ever, they need reminders that people appreciate what they’re doing. Pray for military service members and families—and let them know that they’re being prayed for.

2. Invite them into your lives and your families. Sometimes churches become accustomed to the comings and goings of military families and it’s easy to overlook them, simply because they may not be there long enough to really put down roots. Give them a start to those roots by inviting them over to your home for lunch or activities with your family or small group at church. Get to know them and let them get to know you. A moment of your time can make an enormous impact to someone who feels alone.

3. If you don’t know a military service member or family, support an organization that does. There are some wonderful ministries and organizations out there that are making a tangible difference for our troops and their families. Soldiers Angels (soldiersangels.org) and Operation Homefront (operationhomefront.net) are just a couple, along with the ministry I lead, Wives of Faith (wivesoffaith.org), which is working to create a local group curriculum to provide churches the tools to support and serve military spouses in their churches and communities.

This Memorial Day, as we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in their service to our country, let us honor their memory by doing something to help those who continue in their footsteps. The war is not over. And I believe one of the greatest tools Satan uses to hurt and destroy is to conquer and divide—by convincing people we are all alone. But none of us are alone when we have Jesus by our side. Take a moment today to think about what you can do to remind our military and their families of this very fact. And be the hands and feet of Jesus to a service member or veteran and their families today.

Sara Horn is the founder and president of Wives of Faith (wivesoffaith.org), a military wives ministry. She is a writer and author of several books including GOD Strong: The Military Wife’s Spiritual Survival Guide, Tour of Duty: Preparing Our Hearts for Deployment and her most recent, My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife. Visit her website at sarahorn.com.

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