Even expecting the unexpected didn’t stop Texas Baptist student summer missionaries from being in awe upon seeing God work in surprising ways. Full Story »
Much to our benefit, the awareness and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has grown tremendously in the past few decades. As a society, we have had our struggles with PTSD as we have been through experiences with domestic violence and car wrecks as well as come in and out of combat zones.
That’s right. PTSD can come from any traumatizing situation — not just from being in a war zone. There are a range of symptoms, including anything from a heightened awareness of surroundings and trouble sleeping to outbursts of anger. As much as is known about PTSD, there is still much to learn. Researchers continue to search for causes, explanations and treatments.
With military life comes frequent moves, deployment to war zones, changing family roles while a family member is away and the emotional strain experienced as a loved one may be in danger. Though the Rivers family has experienced all of this at some point during the last few years, they feel that military life is exactly the life God has placed before them and they gladly and faithfully serve in this position. Full Story »
Thousands of Christian ministers currently serve as military chaplains—in the Army, Navy and Air Force—on Active Duty, in the Reserves and in the National Guard. Full Story »
This year on July 3, my home church had the traditional moment in the service when the pastor asked those in the congregation currently serving in the military to stand. We had two out of 440 stand. This is pretty typical for our area, I’m sure, as we are not anywhere near a military base.
As a matter of fact, most churches in Texas are not near a military base. Most churches have no idea what it’s like to have a military ministry because they have so few military connections. But First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove is very different as they know exactly how to connect with this group. Full Story »
When you use GoogleMaps to find the route between Amarillo, Texas, and Okinawa, Japan, steps 23 and 50 are to “kayak across the Pacific Ocean.” It also points out that there are over 9,800 miles between the two points (taking you through Oregon), with over 5,000 miles on the ocean. That’s a lot of paddling.
But for Sally and Donald Capra, it began at a much closer range. It all started sophomore year of high school. They both had won the Record Book Contest for their local 4H clubs and were sent to Washington D.C. with a group of other winners as a reward. Little did they know God would grow their relationship to span oceans. Full Story »
Jeff and Steve Turner have always been close. As kids you could always find them at play in some adventure.
“I have an idea,” Steve, then 5 years old, says to his brother. “I want to bungee jump!”
Jeff, then 8, watches as his brother finds a rope, ties it around the tree in their front yard and around his own waist. Steve climbs up, jumps and for about a second his brother watches him descend with excitement. Then both of their faces drop. Jeff runs inside to get his parents.
“Mom! Dad! Steve just bungee jumped out of the tree!” Full Story »