If you know a veteran who might benefit, please consider inviting them. It meets every Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the Main Campus Atrium (1390 Community Park Dr., 43229). You can contact Kim Downs if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim Downs is a retired USAF captain and one of the volunteers helping with Call-Sign. He says they hope to reach veterans of all ages with the gospel, offering them answers to the isolation and lack of purpose many experience after leaving the military. They also hope to offer friendship and hope as they transition from their time as warriors back into everyday life.
At the direction of Xenos elders over the last few years, Doug Patch has been working to develop Xenos’ ministries to the military community. Xenos member Kathy Vannatta, an Army National Guard captain has played an important role in connecting Xenos with the training and networking necessary to undergird this ministry.
Without knowing it, Mike described Xenos’ HOPE ministry for addicts. He attended a HOPE meeting and returned, strongly affirming that a similar meeting exclusively for vets was the answer. Several veterans in Xenos committed to the ministry, received training, and launched Call-Sign last April.
In addition to helping conceive this approach, Mike continues as a volunteer. He served for 18 years as a Navy Fleet Marine Force Corpsman, serving in the Republic of Georgia during the 2008 conflict and to Afghanistan from 2010-2011. “Out of uniform I have traveled to some of the most desolate places in the world and have seen the worst that man can dish out. My demons span not just through war, but peacetime as well. I have had a long continuous road to recovery, but God is definitely the one who gets me through my mental health and suicidal moments.”
Mike says God answered his despair through the formation of Call-Sign. “It’s given me renewed purpose and reason for the sake of others, which God is using to grow me closer to Him, and that alone is life-saving. Thank you for letting me serve in this capacity!”