As a 30 year military veteran, and current Air National Guard chaplain, I had a chance to recently go to an Operation Restored Warrior Drop Zone in Gypsom, Colorado a few hours from Denver in a beautiful mountain setting.
Operation Restored Warrior focuses on the warrior who goes off to combat who is often not the same man who returns. For those who face overwhelming challenges when they return, Operation Restored Warrior is there to rescue, rebuild, and restore. And then, to send these same veteran warriors out to rescue other veterans.
Operation Restored Warrior stands with veteran warriors, and walks the path with them to take on the enemies of anger, depression, cynicism, rage, addictions (in all its forms), high risk behaviors, lust, resignation and all the other means of numbing a wounded heart. The program is a faith-based way to deal with these issues.
Operation Restored Warrior believes that “psychology reveals, but Jesus heals.” This deep conviction and the experiences of seeing Jesus heal hundreds of men and women over the past 12 years makes the Drop Zone a singularly unique and life-changing experience with other men, women, and Jesus.
When we bring our authentic self to others who know and understand the destructive combat experiences many have had, there comes an opportunity to connect with others and Jesus in ways that bring healing and restoration to the soul.
Operation Restored Warrior is open to all faiths and brings together mission, healing and ministry to places and memories within the warrior’s heart that need the hope, the healing and the power of Jesus through our experiential, wilderness-set “counterattacks.”
Drop Zones are designed by warriors for warriors (combat or not, because they are all warriors) to guide you on this new mission. The goal? To help find a life of great purpose, intense passion, lasting freedom, and uncompromising change.
I had a great time connecting with five other fellow veterans and experienced a life-changing program bringing me into a much needed recharge with Jesus to help me clarify my ministry goals and refocus my purpose.