The root of Christianity is to walk in a Christ-like way. Jesus was a compassionate man who ate and worked with all members of society, never fearing those who endured the most trauma and hardships, even if it meant they displayed signs that some may deem as unworthy to society at large.

 

The key to his work was his action. Check out these 5 INCREDIBLE ways that you can walk like Christ and make a difference in the lives of veterans.  

 

1. Take action

 

Those who often end up in the most vulnerable positions in the United States are veterans who protect and serve. Strong and capable men and women who may come home with trauma or experiences we will never begin to understand unless we engage with them. Make sure your church makes it clear that veterans are more than welcome in your church, and do so by creating activities and opportunities to give back for their service.

 

2. Plan an Outing with Friends or Family

 

Show up to parades or stop by local tables at county and state fairs to show respect and educate yourself on post-military life. Take them to go see exciting changes in the community, or new restaurants that may have popped up during their absence. This can help them reintegrate into their new life with a little less anxiety.

 

3. Listen

 

Religion is so closely tied to death, and these men and women know that grieving should be shared. Therefore, take time to offer a listening ear and your own take on what it means to be a Christian. What hope has it offered you? How can someone who knows loss that intimately come back to the United States and restart their life? A classroom setting may be the perfect opportunity for soldiers of post-war or conflict to socialize and reignite passions that existed before deployment.

 

4. (and then) Share

 

Be sure, through either a pamphlet or a link on your website, to place information about veteran benefits somewhere accessible for your veteran members. Many times veterans don’t always know the full extent of their benefits – like VA loans or the GI Bill – so be sure to place that information for them where they can see it with little hassle. It is to do as Jesus did and make sure everyone is taken care of and has the choice to begin again. Rebirth is precious and takes place many times throughout one’s life. Click To Tweet

 

5. Make a Care-Package

 

Aside from all of the above, nothing conveys compassion like a well-done care package. Include things such as food, small gifts, and other knick-knacks that you know they enjoy. To make a care package that’s truly wonderful, you’ll need to know the person’s preferences and lifestyle. For this, make sure to really talk and get to know your veteran members, and maybe even make a nice Q&A for them (and other members of the church) to fill out. That way, whenever you need to make a care package, you’ll know exactly what to make.

 

It is not about the output, but the sentiment. A simple hello can make the day of a veteran who may suffer from PTSD or anxiety. It is our job as Christians, to understand where humans are coming from in order to love our neighbors as ourselves. So, create an action based plan to help those in need. The life lessons they give you will be more than time or money can buy.

 

References:
How To Make A Care Package | therealsweetheart.wordpress.com
VA home loans | LowVARates.com
Education Bills | benefits.va.gov

 

 

 

Colleen Batchelder

Colleen Batchelder

Colleen Batchelder has always been passionate about putting Feet to her Faith! She loves traveling the globe minstering at various churches, colleges and conferences speaking to audiences ranging in age from 9 – 101. She speaks on inter-generational communication, reaching millennials within the workplace and church and breaking down generational assumptions.

When she’s not pouring over books, you can find her enjoying a nice Chai Latte, exploring NYC or traveling to a new and exotic destination.
Colleen Batchelder
Colleen Batchelder"> Colleen Batchelder
Colleen Batchelder has always been passionate about putting Feet to her Faith! She loves traveling the globe minstering at various churches, colleges and conferences speaking to audiences ranging in age from 9 – 101. She speaks on inter-generational communication, reaching millennials within the workplace and church and breaking down generational assumptions. When she’s not pouring over books, you can find her enjoying a nice Chai Latte, exploring NYC or traveling to a new and exotic destination.

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