Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Helping Military Wives

By Sara Horn

As the leader of a military wives faith-based support organization and a military wife myself, I'm often asked by women's ministry leaders and churches what they can do to support military wives and their families. You might be unsure of how to minister to an older woman with cancer or a young mom with twins if you have never experienced those things yourself, and in the same way it can be hard to know what to do for a military wife if you've never walked in her shoes.

It's easy to assume that if you don't live near a major military installation that military wives don't exist in your community. But there are more than a million military spouses in our Armed Forces today and military wives are everywhere -- National Guard and Reserve families often live far away from where their respective bases are, and active wives make the choice to move home and live with family when their husbands are overseas. This gives you and your church some wonderful opportunities to make a difference for our military by supporting their families while they're away.

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Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!

Pat