These are just some of the resources provided by Cru Military
Bullet Proof Faith - 25 Pack
A decorated member of the U.S. Army's most elite fighting corps, Jeff Struecker was prominently featured in the national best-seller Black Hawk Down, later made into a major motion picture.In the city streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, Jeff was faced with his greatest fears. He was forced to rely on his skills and his "bullet-proof faith" to bring him through some of the most intense combat the U.S. Military has seen since the Vietnam War. Today, he challenges and inspires audiences with his gripping account of that experience under fire and in the face of death.A man of courage and conviction, Jeff Struecker uses his personal story of survival on the battlefield to teach his listeners how they, too, can be prepared for any circumstances life has to offer. Booklet sold in packs of 25.
Combat Trauma Healing Manual
This manual offers spiritual solutions for your struggles with PTSD.
It combines the latest insights of the medical and counseling communities with the timeless principles of God's Word.
In these pages you'll find a step-by-step program that will help you:
- Understand your trauma - spiritually, psychologically and physiologically.
- Adopt therapeutic spiritual disciplines.
- Process your loss and grief.
- Experience the freeing influence of giving and receiving forgiveness.
- Rebuild your identity based on what God says about you.
- Strengthen yourself spiritually against future attacks.
- Connect with those who will support you in many ways.
- Rejoin society as a strengthened man or woman of God.
From the Introduction...
"The reality of war is that everyone gets wounded. Some wounds heal rapidly, but some last for a lifetime. The reality is that the wounds of a heart, soul and spirit have a spiritual component that is not being adequately addressed. Despite the valiant efforts of many organizations ant eh commitment of billions of dollars to address these issues, there remains a serious gap - the faith gap."
- Major General (Retired) Robert F. Dees, U.S. Army, Executive Director, Military Ministry
From the Prologue...
"My family and I thought leaving the Army would remove me from the dangers of war.
But upon leaving the Army, I enered a different kind of fight: the war for my own heart and mind. I went face-to-face with many memories, with the horrors and stresses of combat - and lost.
Questions and doubts ravaged my mind: Why did I survive and my men die? Why did they send me there? Why does God allow such horrible wars to happen? Why can't I feel anything?
Ashamed of the man I had become and unable to reconcile war, I reached a breaking point. I was highly praised and decorated for leadership under fire - yet I anguished in the aftermath of war. I realized I was about to lose everything : my marriage, my family, even my life. I had led a daring rescue mission and found myself in dire need of rescuing. I had fought to keep a promise - to never leave a fallen comrade - but who would keep that promise to me?"
- Former Captain Nathan Self, U.S. Army Rangers; author of Two Wars
When War Comes Home
This book offers comfort and practical help to the wives of combat veterans struggling with the hidden wounds of war, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Insights from the medical and counseling community are wrapped in biblical principles and the shared experiences of other military wives. The reader will:
● Gain new understanding about what happened to her husband – spiritually, psychologically and physiologically
● Better understand how her husband’s trauma symptoms are affecting her
● Learn how to deal positively with grief, loss and forgiveness issues associated with PTSD
● Learn how to build her own “healing place,” develop her support network, and know when and how to find physical safety
● Understand and focus on her true identity in Christ
● Recognize the real enemy and how to fight spiritual warfare
● Learn how she can contribute to her husband’s healing environment
● Learn how to construct a safe, healthy environment for her children
● Understand the process of moving on to a “new normal”
Defending the Military Family
Servicemen and women get first-class training to complete their mission—defending life and liberty, but sometimes lack the training they need in facing the unique challenges of raising children in today's dynamic military. As members of the military, their families face unique situations that many in the civilian world will never confront.
Taking time-tested principles you will find this study to be a practical and enlightening way to gain great insight into how to deal with the issues you face in raising your children while in the military. If you or your spouse is serving in the armed forces, you understand the unique parenting challenges of military families.
LTC (USA, Ret) Jim Fishback is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served with the United States Army for more than 20 years. Jim and Bea were married in 1975 and have two grown children, Jamie and Joni.
Defending the Military Marriage
Your Marriage—defend it with honor, guard it with vigilance, preserve it with love.
Military couples face daunting challenges. Most couples will never know the stress of the demands brought on by protecting and defending a nation. It’s no wonder so many military marriages don’t survive.
But that can change by bringing the soldering mentality home to the defense of your marriage and drawing strength from other couples. Together, learn how to:
~Remain committed to each other in the face of a life of uncertainty,
~Stay close during separations and deployment,
~Understand each other’s needs upon homecoming,
~Face financial challenges together, and
~Fight temptations while apart.
Your marriage is your most critical mission. Report for duty.
About the Author
Lt. Col. Jim Fishback (ret.), is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served with the United States Army for more than twenty years. After retiring, the Fishbacks joined the staff of Cru and currently working in a partnership with the Military Ministry and FamilyLife®. Jim and Bea live in the United Kingdom, bringing the resources of these ministries to military personnel stationed in Europe and the Middle East. They have two grown children, Jamie and Joni
Loving Your Military Man Small Group Study
From her first day in Seoul, Korea, author Bea Fishback quickly discovered the fairy tale marriage she expected was indeed just a fairy tale. Her Prince Charming, an Army officer, would regularly disappear for field maneuvers and TDYs. As a result of this and other pressures, they found themselves approaching a marital impasse and ultimately isolation.
Bea began to overcome this isolation by applying the advice Paul gives in Philippians 4:8 to focus on whatever is true, honorable, righteous, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise. In this ten-part study, she encourages military wives to love their husbands in this way. Bea shows how to help build lifelong marriages that leave strong, stable legacies for their children and grandchildren.
Making Your Marriage Deployment Ready
"You brought us back from the brink. . . now we are facing toward Christ instead of away."
Military Marriage Seminar attendee
Divorce rates among military families are at epidemic proportions with repeated deployments and the normal challenges of military life taking their toll. The most vulnerable victims of family stress are military children. Many of the solutions to family unity are spiritual in nature. Making Your Marriage Deployment Ready is an important part of a ministry to establish Hope on the Home Front and give families the faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Making Your Marriage Deployment Ready uses time tested marriage principles and prepares military couples with the necessary tools to counter deployment challenges and bring hope and victory to active duty, Guard and Reserve families. It is the definitive small group Bible study for preparing a couple to live victoriously despite the stresses of deployments and today¹s demanding military lifestyle.
Session 1: Deployment Threats
Session 2: Mission Planning
Session 3: Staying Connected with Each Other
Session 4: Thriving During Deployment
Session 5: Smoothing the Return Home
Session 6: Reaching the High Ground of a Godly Legacy
Marriage Commitment Coin & Covenant
Create a unique symbol of your marriage when you deploy.
This 1-3/4-inch coin consists of two parts which fit together to complete the design—symbolizing the completion that takes place between a husband and wife in marriage. When separated by deployment, each spouse can carry one part of the coin. At the end of the deployment, put your coin back together, symbolizing your reintegration. The back of the heart coin can easily be engraved. Coin comes in a black velvet box with an attractive 8×10 Commitment Certificate, suitable for framing.
The Marriage Commitment Coin and Certificate are used as part of Military Ministry's "Making Your Marriage Deployment Ready" seminar using the HomeBuilder's series book of the same title, sold separately. This seminar presents time tested marriage principles and prepares military couples with the necessary tools to counter deployment challenges and bring hope and victory to Active, Guard and Reserve families. It is the definitive small group Bible study for preparing a couple to live victoriously despite the stresses of deployments and today’s demanding military lifestyle. For many couples, especially those experiencing recurring deployments, two helpful companions to the Marriage Commitment Coin and HomeBuilder's series book is Military Ministry's "Loving Your Military Man" and "When War Comes Home", both available separately.
Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never fails.
— 1 Corinthians 13: 7-8
Our Connection - Staying Close When Worlds Apart
One-of-a-kind 40-day Bible study and devotional to help couples connect during military deployment separation, and stay connected as they look forward to reintegration after the deployment separation period is over.
Divorce rates among military families are at epidemic proportions with repeated deployments and the normal challenges of military life taking their toll. Many of the solutions to the anxieties military couples experience are spiritual in nature. Our Connection: Staying Close When Worlds Apart is an important resource tool to give couples the faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ and His design and plan for marriage. Counter deployment challenges and bring hope and victory to active duty, Guard and Reserve service, as a military couple who lives victoriously despite the stresses of deployments and today’s demanding military lifestyle.
Our Connection: Staying Close When Worlds Apart benefits from the wisdom and experience of Military Ministry’s senior marriage ministry leaders.
Written by Jim and Bea Fishback and Mike and Linda Montgomery. Edited by military spouse Elizabeth Tyrrell and Cru Military staff member Karen Watkins.
Quest: a Kid's Journey through Deployment
Quest is a 30-day devotional booklet aimed at 6-to-10-year-olds with a military parent who is deployed. The devotions help children focus their prayers and work through some of the not-so-easy times during their parent’s absence. Most importantly, Quest helps children to know they are not alone. The Lord is beside them on their journey.
This booklet of prayers also provides journaling space along with an alphabetized word from Psalm 145 (Awesome, Bless, Commend, etc.). The journal concludes with a four-day set of devotions which explains the gospel.
Spiritual Fitness Handbook: A Christian Perspective for Marines & Families
(Each Service Branch has its own specific handbook)
An unprecedented field guide to personal faith in Jesus Christ specifically written for today’s U.S. Marine.
Military Ministry gladly presents, The Spiritual Fitness Handbook: U.S. Marine Edition. The “SFH” is a natural follow-on to Military Ministry’s Rapid Deployment Kit (RDK), which has been instrumental in helping millions of service members, spouses, and veterans to engage with the Gospel, many for the first time. More than 2.5 million RDKs have been received voluntarily by troops and others since 9/11/2001.
Basic Spiritual Fitness
Spiritual Battle Drills
Readiness before Deployment
Resources during Deployment
Recovery after Deployment
Advanced Spiritual Fitness
Dealing with Tough Times
Spiritual “Ammo Bunker”
Connecting with God
For more information on these and other resources available please go to our "Contact Us" page. We will gladly provide access to these and other materials.