Deployed Sailors Finally Get Their Packages!

This past Independence Day, July 4th, 2019, was spent wrapping and packing boxes to ship to deployed Sailors. We sent several goodies, necessities and stuffed animals. Everyone was grateful for the support and enjoyed the boxes!

 

I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who brought items to church or  dropped items by my office. We will never truly understand the amount of light and hope these packages bring to our troops! Again, THANK YOU!

I am hoping to send another round of light and hope to these brave warriors. If you would like to be a part of Operation Hope, please bring any of the following items to church or you may drop your items off at my office, Edward Jones in Food Lion Plaza, Rutherfordton. Monetary donations to cover postage or to purchase items can be mailed to: Father’s Vineyard, FBO: Military Ministry, 724 Oakland Road, Spindale, NC 28160.

  • Notes/Cards of encouragement and gratitude
  • Carmex
  • Individually wrapped nuts/trail mix (NO chocolate please!)
  • Beef Jerky/Slim Jims
  • Hard candy
  • Cough drops
  • Wipes (small thin individual packages)
  • Powerade/Tea (individual packets to add to water)

With a grateful heart, Lisa…

 

 

June is National PTSD Awareness Month

The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder has designated June as PTSD Awareness Month and The United States Senate has designated June 27th  as National PTSD Awareness Day.

PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life threatening event such as combat, a natural disaster, a car accident or sexual assault.  Everyone with PTSD whether they are a Veteran or civilian, needs to know there are effective treatment options available to them to help improve the quality of his or her life.

According to recent PTSD studies provided by PTSD United, nearly 8% of all Americans have PTSD; that’s 24.4 million people. They also reported that Soldiers with symptoms of PTSD once faced rejection  by their military peers or were feared by society in general. They were often labeled as weak and were removed from combat zones.

According to the VA nearly 20% of all Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans, up to 10% of all Gulf War veterans and up to 30% of all Vietnam War veterans have experienced PTSD. Consequently, the demand for treatment continues to grow.

Tragically, one active duty military personnel and 22 veterans commit suicide every single day. These alarming statistics prove that most people with PTSD do not get the help they need.

Help bring awareness about PTSD and the effective treatment options that are available by picking up a PTSD Awareness ribbon at church.

Pledge to raise awareness by wearing your ribbon throughout  the month of June. To learn more about available treatment options and ways you can help  click here. There is also a daily events calendar posted on the on the referenced link.  Some of the daily events include posting the PTSD Treatment awareness banner on your Facebook page and doing something as simple as reaching out to a veteran.

Raising awareness can help make a difference in the life of a Veteran or any other person who has experienced trauma. Your awareness could just save a life!

 

 

Operation Homefront Update

Thanks to the generous donation of our church and the community, we have been able to send several packages to our local deployed Soldier and his unit. Hopefully their special box will arrive soon and I can share an update on that as well!

In memory and honor of Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter  (USMC), Operation Gently-Used Stuffed Animals, some of the most recent packages we sent included stuffed animals for the troops to deliver. Operation Gently Used is a venture in Jordan’s honor, a foundation that honors his memory.

Last weekend I received such wonderful news! The stuffed animals had arrived. One of the Soldiers in the unit just received Soldier of the month. It was also her birthday and the troops wanted to do something special for her. I was so touched to know that one of the stuffed animals was her birthday present. Their gesture touched my heart to the point of happy tears, knowing some young Soldier was able to smile a little brighter because of the love and support of Operation Homefront and Operation Gently Used.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. – Galatians 6:9-10 New International Version (NIV)

   

 

Operation Homefront Update

I am so blessed to be the director of this ministry. I am humbled by the love and support of our church and community. Your generosity and prayers are making life and missing family and home much more bearable for our deployed Soldiers.

Today I was able to send two more packages! I also received a very special treat for our deployed Soldiers in the mail today. I will be mailing those boxes tomorrow. I can’t wait for them to receive their new packages! As soon as I have confirmation they have received the special boxes, I will share pictures of what was sent. I don’t want to spoil the surprise!

  

Sending everyone who has supported this project and ministry a heartfelt THANK YOU!

 

Operation Homefront

Local deployed Soldier finally reached his destination and is able to receive mail.  I was able to put together a small package to get Operation Homefront kicked off  on March 8th. He will be deployed for 9 months. We have a second Soldier deploying soon.

If you would like to write a letter of encouragement to these deployed Soldiers and their units, please mail your letter to Father’s Vineyard, 724 Oakland Road, Spindale, NC 28160. Church members and guests can place their letters in the blessing basket located in the back of the church near the information center.

We will be collecting Carmex, beef jerky, Slim Jims, cough drops, hard candy, single serving nuts, boxes of individual sleeved Powerade, and monetary donations to help cover the cost of postage throughout the month of March. Donations can be dropped off at the church office or at the back of the church on Sunday mornings. Please make any checks payable to Father’s Vineyard and include Military Ministry on the memo line.

Thank you again for your support! Our troops are always grateful to receive these packages.  I want to challenge you today to be more than a giver; be an extraordinary giver! What happens when we give? When we bless others, we too are blessed.

 

2018 Year in Review

What an incredible year we had making a difference in the lives of our Deployed Soldiers by sending them letters & packages of hope! In 2018, we shipped approximately 50 packages and mailed over 300 cards to units in Iraq, Baghdad, Afghanistan, and Kuwait with Arming Our Guard with God’s Word, Carmex Express, We Are Nuts About Our Troops, and Operation Kuwait for CHRISTmas mission projects.  Both units we sent packages to are back on US soil. Praise God!

When we seek to love people and be Jesus to them, we are also serving our Lord and Savior by being His hands and feet. Thank you for being His hands and feet!

Operation Kuwait for Christmas

I apologize for the long delay in posting the update for this mission project. As soon as we got the boxes packed and shipped, my family started coming in for Christmas. Soon after, I lost the ability to upload information until now.

I would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who supported Operation Kuwait for Christmas. The deployed Soldiers were overjoyed to get their packages! Thanks to the support of Father’s Vineyard, my family and our community, we were able to send 8 boxes filled with love, prayers, and goodies! There were also 20 individual presents, one for each Soldier.

We have another young man from our county who will be shipping to Afghanistan next month. Please take a moment to write a letter/card of encouragement and drop it in the blessing basket at the back of the church (near the information booth). You may also mail your cards to the church, just add Deployed Soldier to the front of the card. More details to come.

 Thank you again for your support! Please continue to keep our military and their families in your prayers. If you have a loved one deployed or in training or know someone who is, please let me know.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:9-10

We are “nuts” about our troops!

I am happy to report that thanks to the generous donations of a few individuals (a Veteran and his wife) who donated some tasty protein treats, salt n pepper cashews, we were able to mail another package to our deployed troops! We also had a few trails of Carmex that were included in the package.

I am humbled by the outpouring love and support! Please continue all of our troops and their families in your prayers. Pray God’s hedge of protection over them as in Psalm 91 listed below.

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Carmex Express is on its way!

Thank you to to everyone who wrote cards, dontated Carmex and money towards this mission project!

I just mailed the package of goodies to our deployed group of National Guard. Sara said the mail is running about two months behind. I am claiming this package will reach its destination safely and quickly! Please join me in praying and continue this group and all our military personnel and their families in your prayers. They do so much to secure our freedoms, let us never forget! 🇺🇸