God laid on my heart that we have a crisis situation. The ones that we are depending on for giving care to our troops are undermanned, overworked, and tired. Despite that, they keep pushing on to help our troops deal with a decade of war.
For those of you how don’t know, up to 20% of those who have served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Philippines and Africa are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress, Depression, TBI, Comorbidity, etc. That is upwards around 400,000. We have been tossing a lot of drugs at them (to the tune of $6-8 Billion) a year, a lot of Psychologists and Psychiatrists, but very little focus on their spiritual health. That has fallen largely to the Chaplains. Oh yeah, and at the same time, the demand for Chaplain counseling is the highest that it has been since Vietnam, and at the same time…the Air Force has cut 75 chaplains, the Navy is down 10% and the Army/National Guard claims that they are “okay”…whatever that means. Bottom line is that there are not enough.
And who is taking care of these “experts” that are taking the lion share of the burden? That is the question that we all need to ask, and to do something about. Pray for your Chaplains, and take any opportunity to minister to them. They and their families need your support, prayers, and comfort. We need them to be refreshed to be available to all of those who “can’t quite get home, and leave the past behind them.” Just like 1 Kings 19, it is easy to get fatigued by what God has put on your heart.
More to follow. And have a wonderful day…with God as the focus. James 4:8 – “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” And James 5:15-16 – “and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore confess your sins to one another and prayer for one another, so that yo may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”
For the King, Dan