How to Minister to Veterans
Today, November 11, 2016, is Veterans Day. I believe that veterans have been greatly neglected by the Government, the Church, and by society in general.
A silent killer is on the loose – its name is PTSD. Loss of dignity, loss of self-worth, loss of hope, loss of purpose, loss of faith, loss of spouse and family, and loss of friends. Veterans need people who care enough to offer a ladder of hope to help them climb out of the hole of hopelessness. The Church has a great opportunity to help defeat the silent killer who is on the loose.
There is an organization called God4Vets. I am impressed with the information and research that they are sharing. I personally am looking to spending some time next year helping churches and groups understand the needs of veterans and how we can minister to them.
On December 1, 2016, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm there is a Clergy Servant Leadership Seminar at St. James United Methodist Church in Montgomery. This will be an important gathering of church leaders from all religions, to pray, and to learn how churches can best minister to Alabama’s veterans. This seminar will feature speakers that have great experience and have written extensively on the needs of veterans and how people and religious groups in other parts of the country are ministering to veterans.
For more information you can go to www.ServeAlabama.gov which will be available on November 14. There’s also a clergy serve hotline (334) 954-7440.
If you are in central Alabama, please share this information with your pastor and lay leaders. I wanted to inform you of this opportunity on Veterans Day and suggest the possibility of a tremendous ministry. Don’t make Veterans Day one day on the calendar – but do something significant in long-term ministry.
Join me on Thursday, December 1 from 9:30-4:00. Invite your pastor and lay people to register. Our veterans deserve far better than they have received.
For the Cause of causes,
John Ed Mathison
p.s. Today, please listen to my one-minute audio for Veterans Day on Facebook.