Dear EVF Friends,
The tiny chapel is here! The South Congress (SOCO) Christian Community has offered us the use of their tiny, towable chapel. If you can think of an outdoor veterans event that’s coming up where we could be present, please let me know. What do you think about entering the Veterans Day Parade?
“I had nightmares for quite a while after that; sometimes as much as once a week and I would wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. I was back on the [ship that had been kamikaze attacked]. Men were screaming, and there were fires everywhere…. There really wasn’t much to do in Austin when you were home on leave, because we had only five gallons of gas a week.”
-Malcolm Riker, founder of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Austin, talking about his leave from Naval Service in WWII. I’m proud to serve at the Parish Church he founded and hope his legacy lives on through each of you who have been through war and homecoming.
We will be meeting on Tuesday night 7.12.16 at St. David’s, Austin. I hope to Live Stream our Compline prayers for veterans who cannot attend. Please follow me on Facebook to get this. We shall see how it all goes.
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Stay tuned for an upcoming Drumming Circle led by USMC veteran and Hospitaller Jim Cochrun. This is a non-talk therapy that works wonders.
Help spread the message of Jesus Christ to veterans and those who love them by sporting an EVF t-shirt. Available at cost for a limited time. Click on the shirt to go to our website for more info and to place an order.
Thank you for all you do for our sisters and brothers in our veteran community. This week I am saddened by the deaths of the officers in Dallas, several of whom were veterans. Micah Johnson, the man who killed those officers who were protecting the peaceful protesters was a veteran, too. I wish he could have been a member of our fellowship and been encouraged to work for justice and peace through the power of Jesus Christ, rather than through the power of dozens of 7.62mm bullets. I wish we could have listened to his pain and struggles. I wish he could have dealt with his own issues surrounding his deployment and homecoming, neither of which were what the Army calls honorable. I wish we could have been there for him before he destroyed so many lives in addition to his own. I wish, I wish, I wish. But that will never be.
There are other veterans out there who are angry, distant, disillusioned, isolated, and they are the hardest people to reach. But you are reaching some of them. You are including them in the love you have found in a loving God, post traumatic God. You are showing them by your lives how Jesus makes a difference and calls us to a life like his, a life of love and self-giving. We can continue in this mission with God’s help. I know I will and I’m trusting God that you will as well.
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