Calls for better suicide awareness and prevention often accompany Veteran’s Day in the U.S., and rightfully so. More than 6,000 veterans commit suicide each year and it’s been that way for more than 10 years, according to the latest VA statistics.
There’s no immediate solution in sight, yet hope remains. Warriors Set Free, a division of Set Free Ministries, is run by veterans for veterans. Director Steve Prince says he and other trained veterans help hurting individuals find healing in Christ.
“To hear a wife overflowing with joy because her husband is more alive and more present – a better husband, a better father, a better part of the kingdom of God – is a huge, huge joy that I get to experience.”
Helping wounded warriors
Using a biblical process developed by Christian author Dr. Neil Anderson, Warriors Set Free staff and volunteers guide wounded vets from captivity to freedom. Through one-on-one, team, and group training sessions, veterans receive the spiritual principles they need to achieve lasting healing. Learn more about Warriors Set Free here.
“Men, in general, don’t want to ask for help and then you put the military mindset on top of it – we’re trained to tolerate pain until we break. So, one of the questions I ask a lot of people is… ‘How’s that working for you?’,” Prince says.
“Most people believe life is going pretty good – until it’s not.”
Case in point: a Vietnam veteran who recently found freedom from decades of significant pain. At a weekend event in Michigan organized by Warriors Set Free, “God dealt with some pain that’s nearly 50 years old,” Prince describes.
“To watch a man break and feel the love of God and get healing from the trauma [inflicted by a war] that was 50 years ago… is priceless.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth