I am proud to be associated with my friend, The Reverend Bobby Farmer, and the great ministry of Project Josiah Restoration Ministry: Combat Veterans Helping Combat Veterans. Learn more about it at their site: http://www.projectjosiah.org/.
As you will read from their missions statement and their principles the ministry extends far beyond what government can do. While our nation as a whole has a responsibility to care for those who have borne the burden of war we who know the Lord can provide the transformative power of Jesus Christ to every person to help heal and restore the human spirit that He created. This is what Pastor Farmer and other chaplains are seeking to do by God’s grace and strength. I know they will appreciate your prayers.
To bring Combat Veterans together to strengthen, to share and to improve their lives; to empower them to make choices using biblical principles; to heal themselves and to enable them to help other Veterans.
[pullquote]While our nation as a whole has a responsibility to care for those who have borne the burden of war we who know the Lord can provide the transformative power of Jesus Christ to every person to help heal and restore the human spirit that He created.[/pullquote]
The biblical principles for Project Josiah Restoration Ministry come from 2 Corinthians Chapter 1: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (verses 3 & 4).
With the conclusion of America’s hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the significant scheduled manpower reductions in the U.S. Armed Forces, there will be a dynamic need for new Veteran organizations that focus solely on the support and care of thousands of discharged Combat Veterans who exhibit PTSD symptoms, are unable to adjust to the civilian society, or only able to communicate their combat experiences and service to other Combat Veterans.
The establishment of the Project Josiah Restoration Ministry is designed on the successes of the NEPC Combat Veteran Support Group. Project Josiah will continue its successful program and expand to other churches, effectively providing Combat Veterans a new unique platform under Biblical Christian principles that will enable the Combat Veteran to reintegrate whole back into society.” (from the Project Josiah website)