2017–2019 Mission Grant 3
Christ for Veterans and Their Families
LCMS Ministry of the Armed Forces
Funds requested by the Ministry to the Armed Forces (MAF) will be utilized to host national training events for Operation Barnabas, an extension of MAF, which provides a network of care through trained congregations that want to reach out to members of the military, their families, and the veterans in their congregations and communities.
WHEREAS, For everything there is a season, a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up (Ecc. 3:1-3); and
WHEREAS, Ministry to the Armed Forces/Operation Barnabas (son of encouragement) seeks to train, equip, and encourage LCMS districts, congregations, and their members, as well as local Operation Barnabas District Chapters and counselors, to share with their congregations techniques for compassionate care and Gospel sharing outreach; and
WHEREAS, There has been an immense drawdown of our military forces sending soldiers to return to civilian communities and their families, thousands of whom struggle with physical, mental, financial, and emotional stresses; and
WHEREAS, This time of adjustment to a more normal pace of life within our civilian communities is an important period of critical adjustment and we want to equip churches to reach out to veterans and their families with the love of Christ; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the delegates gathered at the 2017 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, vote the sum of $27,750 to help fund Christ for Veterans and Their Families.