Help online for military families
An awareness campaign is encouraging churches to become bridges to healing for military personnel and their families.
Free resources are on the Conference website, in cooperation with U.S. Army OneSource.
"Some of our churches have a lot of people deployed. How can we offer resources in a healthy way to help families through this time?" noted Diana Northcutt, Conference director of Discipleship Ministries. Other challenges can develop when soldiers return home.
"United Methodists are justice- and mercy-oriented. We need to be available to these families in Oklahoma, whether Methodist or not," she said.
The materials focus on behavioral health and faith-based support.
Army OneSource notes that personnel, even deployed, remain in almost constant contact with families due to technology.
Rev. Northcutt spoke about supporting three co-workers with military family members. "Because of them and other people I knew who had family deployed, I thought we need to let people know there are resources that can help them," she said.