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September 20, 2020 | Doug Sauder
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This ministry is designed to provide emotional and spiritual support for all veterans in the South Florida area. We want to instill purpose back into their lives and reconnect them with their true identity. We want them to live a long and prosperous life along with living it abundantly and to the fullest. Through our ministry we want to provide a safe haven and help reduce the suicide rate among veterans.
Over 200,000 veterans live in the South Florida tri-county area of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. Many are in need of different services. Sadly, approximately 22 veterans commit suicide somewhere in the United States every day. Yes, every day!
If you are currently emotionally and spiritually strong, we encourage you to come to our meetings and fellowship. Your strength may be used to help others going through a difficult time. We are a community of veterans working together to be the light in this dark world.
Your involvement in this ministry can make an enormous impact on our veteran community of South Florida and possibly help save a life and a soul.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
2401 West Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
We meet the third Saturday of every month. The meetings will start promptly at 9:00 am. However, food and fellowship begins at 8:30 am. We suggest you arrive a little early to enjoy food and time with fellow veterans.
The meetings take place in the Auditorium which is near the reception and front offices located on the property of Calvary Chapel- Ft. Lauderdale.
Several years ago I was going through the worst time in my life. I was working as a Deputy Sheriff and my marriage was falling apart. I was struggling financially to support a family of six on one income. I was eaten up with anger and rage. I was taking it out on the ones that I love. My world came crashing down around me and about ten years into the job I placed my service pistol against my head with all intention of ending my life. My wife at the time walked in and even encouraged me to do it. Everything was racing through my head and I felt utterly worthless. I later cried out to God and asked God to give me a greater purpose for my life. My life began to change…
I kept myself in spiritual formation and in accordance with God’s will and plan for my life. Although I am technically diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and PTSD from my military service in the U.S. Marines, I no longer have the thoughts of suicide. I lean on my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for all strength and guidance. God has now placed a vision upon my heart to help the first responder community of South Florida. I give all praise and honor to Him.
Greg- Lead Volunteer
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12
Greg is a disabled veteran who has been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and PTSD with the Veterans Administration. He served in many capacities such as patrol deputy, traffic homicide investigator, SVU detective, and hostage negotiator. Greg attempted to take his own life ten years into his law enforcement career. However, God had a greater purpose for his life.
This ministry is open to all active duty military, reservists, veterans, family members, and non-military which have a care and concern for the military and veteran communities.
The mission statement of the military ministry is “serving those who have served.” We combine this with the mission of Calvary Chapel-Ft. Lauderdale which is to “make disciples.”
No. There is not any sort of membership for this ministry. You also do not need to be a member of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. You do not even need to be a believer in the Christian faith. However, it is to be noted that the ministry is based on Christian beliefs.
No. There are no fees or dues. We even offer free counseling and help with PTSD if necessary.
Our meetings are very similar to a church service. It is a group setting which includes fellowship with food, worship music, prayer, teaching, table talk, Q & A, and more prayer. We also discuss outreach for the veteran community.
If there is someone in need of more help, we will offer one-on-one counseling as necessary and upon that person’s request. No one is forced to do anything against their will. We are simply here to help.