As we end this month’s Opening Doors, I wanted to give you some further resources for exploring military ministry at a deeper level as well as challenge you to consider how you can support them. Full Story »
You watch as a soldier gets off the plane. You wonder where he is returning from and if it was somewhere he wants to forget.
He gets back to base and tries to get back into the routine. But that’s all it is… routine. He misses home. Where things made sense. Where he could nap on that old plaid couch (at least until dad let the dog in), drink a cup of good coffee and maybe, if he asked nicely, Mom would still make him his favorite cookies. 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.
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 »
If you know anything about Texas A&M University, you know there are many traditions deeply rooted in its history. But arguably none are rooted as deep as the service to our country through the Corps of Cadets.
One October day in 1876, the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (the first state supported institution of higher learning in Texas), was opened. The college was intended as a technical school, specializing in the subjects of mechanics, agriculture and military tactics.
Ever since that first year, the Corps has been a constant presence on the A&M campus. Whether you are walking down Military Walk or into Evans Library, you have and always will hear the sound of spurs on the concrete.