Bob and Stephanie Caudle are giving back to members of the U.S. military stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, through faith-infused outreach, fellowship and hospitality. The heart of the couple’s ministry is meeting urgent needs of young U.S. service members at Fort Elmendorf-Richardson.
The Caudles are directors of the Homestead, a Cadence International hospitality house offering military men, women and families a place to connect, find family-like support and grow in their faith.
The Caudles say their move from health insurance to Samaritan Ministries healthcare sharing is one of the reasons they can focus on this important work. The financial savings they experienced through Samaritan Ministries helps the Caudles continue to pursue their ministry.
They open their home as a place for people to gather, a place to hold Bible studies and an opportunity to conduct one-on-one mentorship.
“We try to bring people who are hurting into a Christ-centered community,” Bob says.
The many challenges confronting members of the military drew the Caudles to this ministry. They meet people from many different backgrounds; some are exploring Christianity and questioning the existence of God, and some have grown up in the faith. The one constant that unites these individuals is a need for family and community—a need to belong. Such human needs are often heightened by homesickness, failing marriages, thoughts of suicide and other emotional struggles brought about by the high-stress military life.
“They’re hungry,” Bob said. “Military life creates significant need and much more potential for ministry to address those needs.”
Service members on the base are experiencing their very first tour of duty, and many are only just coming to grips with the realization that going home is not an option—that this isn’t just another job. This is their whole life for the foreseeable future.
“They’re far away from home trying to figure out how to live life as an adult and in a strange place,” Stephanie said.
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SOURCE: Charisma News