BUMW Spiritual Retreat-How Can We Minister to Our Veterans?
All (men included) encouraged to attend to the Berryton United Methodist Women Spiritual Retreat Monday, August 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Karolyn Roles will share with us some of the emotional struggles our veterans face and what can be done to assist them. Karolyn and her husband Gene started the Topeka Outpost of Point Man International Ministries in 1995 along with Steve and Rosie Williams. Karolyn and Gene are also leaders for the Fort Riley area “Community Coalition for Veterans and Families” sponsored by Point Man International Ministries.
The evening will include a potluck supper, fellowship, and voting on the BUMW 2013 board. Please plan to join us and invite your friends. Bring a dish to share.
Point Man International Topeka Outpost
Point Man International Ministries of Topeka serves the veterans and/or active military personnel that are attending a seven week inpatient stress disorder treatment program at the Colmery O’Neil V.A. Medical Center. They represent all ages who have served from WWII through Iraqi Freedom. This Outpost was started in 1995 by Gene and Karolyn Roles and Steve and Rosie Williams and is dedicated to serving warriors, both male and female, who have an anxiety disorder known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We encourage emotional and spiritual support to the soldier’s families through Home Front, also a part of Point Man. Currently, the Roles are assisted by a dedicated team of volunteers including Mark and Teresa Sabes, J. Thompson, Ken Marstall and Doreen Jackson.
A home cooked “welcome home meal” is prepared for them each Tuesday evening that lets them know we are proud to have them at our tables, deserving our best. Volunteers from local churches assist with meal preparation. To date, we have served over 18,700 meals to over 2,000 veterans and soldiers from all military branches and states, each served with respect and honor for their military service. When they graduate from the VA program, Point Man presents them with some materials, such as a spiritual survival kit, a Point Man devotional book, a personalized name plaque and a “forgiven” dog tag.
Point Man International Ministries is a tax exempt, not-for-profit faith ministry that was incorporated in 1984 for the purpose of addressing and meeting the spiritual, physical and social needs of veterans and their families the world over. Point Man is supported by gifts from churches, veterans and friends.
Vets: Not Forgotten…Forgiven
by: Rosie Williams, Home Front Leader, Topeka, Kansas.
Sometimes it is years after a war is fought that our country recognizes the price that has been paid…and begins to search out its’ heroes. Sometimes it is too late. Veterans often harbor layers of negative emotions after years have passed, not the least being some form of guilt. What a paradox that those who gave so much should be haunted by guilt…guilt that a whole nation should help them carry. Guilt can be caused by many things:
- A buddy left behind
- A battle lost
- A family left alone
- A comrade killed (instead of me)
- Anger, depression and unresolved bitterness
- A faith in God that was lost or rejected
Guilt seems especially troubling to veterans who lack the family or professional support to work through layers of emotional trauma experienced on the battlefield. Sometimes, it was their home that had a battlefield that paralleled the war. Those who had abusive or absent fathers may have found it difficult, if not impossible, to conceive of a loving Heavenly Father.
Guilt! Bad news? Not totally. True guilt is the prodding of the conscience that can point out actual sins that need to be confessed and forgiven. This is a universal need for everyone-not just veterans! Although we may feel like we have done too much to be forgiven, the Bible holds out Hope! In Romans 5:8, it says that “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (NIV). The Good News is this…unconditional love and forgiveness is offered through a personal faith in Jesus Christ.
God sets us free and opens the door for joy, peace and HOPE!.
Where are you in your spiritual journey? If you’ve never trusted HIM, won’t you say a simple prayer of faith today? If you’ve been estranged from Him, won’t you come back “home” to a place of faith and forgiveness?
Prayer of Salvation Dear GodI know I am a sinner. I know my sins deserve to be punished. I believe Christ died for me and rose from the grave. I trust Jesus Christ alone as my Savior. Thank you for forgiving me and for the hope of knowing that I will have eternal life in heaven some day. (John 3:16).
Please visit the Point Man International Topeka Outpost website at http://pointmankansas.org/outpost/topeka/ for additional information.