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Journey Through Deployment (JTD)

Igniting Hope, Building Resilience through a series of one-day Women's Workshop.

Description: The Journey through Deployment Program is conducted as a series of one day workshops at the unit, chapel or church level aligned with a unit’s deployment cycle.  Each session can be presented as a standalone program or all three can be presented in series.

Deployments and separations can take a significant toll on any marriage.  You can minimize that toll by investing in your marriage before, during and after the deployment.

Gain the wisdom of God’s Word, the wisdom of experience from others who have gone before, and the wisdom of friends who will walk with you through the preparation phase, the actual separation and then help to prepare you for the reunion.

JTD workshops develop the idea that women will recognize there is spiritual power available to help them be emotionally and spiritually strong for the days ahead.  Our desire is to ‘ignite hope’ with the light of God’s Word and the power of God’s love.  Each workshop includes group interaction with practical tools for some ‘take it home’ action points.

Goal of JTD: Empower women to love their husbands well.  Encourage them to keep their marriage strong and not to fear the future, and Educate them about the spectrum of combat trauma.

JTD 1 - Loving Your Military Man (1 Day Workshop)

Initial Phase of Deployment.

• Military Wives Living Life Together

• O My Soul March on in Strength

• Women of Integrity

• Introduction to the book:  Loving Your Military Man by Bea Fishback

Take Home Resource: Going out on a LYMM (Loving Your Military Man)

 

JTD 2 - Get Up, Get Dressed, Get Going (1 Day Workshop)

Stabilization phase of the deployment.

• Personal growth opportunities for wives…

• Keeping perspective and focus on the deployment in a positive way.

• Introduction to loss and grieving process.

Take Home Resource: She’s Got Issues – Seriously Good News for Stressed out, Secretly Scared, Control Freaks Like Us by Nicole Unice.

JTD 3 - Marriage 2.0: Homecoming (1 Day Workshop)

This workshop helps prepare wives for reintegration by addressing expectations, reconnecting, and understanding the spectrum of combat trauma related issues from a Biblical perspective.

a.  My Soul March on in Strength

Focus on A>E>R: Understanding our Attitudes and Emotions can trigger certain Responses. Recognizing that Godly attitudes can help overcome weaknesses and tendencies to be negative. Explain God has a passion for us, and there is the power of Christ available. God’s hope does not disappoint us.

b. Rocks in the Ruck

Recognize loss is an integral part of life.  From helping our children say goodbye (again) to friends, to coping with the difficulties of deployment, we suffer loss throughout our lives. Interactive to challenge women to focus on unresolved issues in their own lives, from a biblical perspective, and to introduce forgiveness as a way to ‘free’ them from the ‘baggage’ they may be carrying around.  Summarize how important it is to be strong, spiritually, emotionally and physically to remain hopeful no matter what challenges lie ahead.

c.  When War Comes Home

An overview and discussion of the contents of the manual. Learning how combat trauma may impact their husbands, marriages and families.  Women will be challenged to see the hope and healing found in God and will gain practical tools and strategies to guide them through homecoming, reintegration and into a promising future.

d.  Understanding Your Warrior Husband

Focus on an understanding of respect from a man’s point of view.  Be encouraged that love and respect brings rewards and health to a marriage. Summarize and encourage ‘take it home’ action points.

Take Home Resource: When War Comes Home Manual (small groups may be formed to go through the book together).

Method:

•   Meet with the appropriate Chaplain to share your ministry vision and ask to be their volunteer leader, under their guidance and leadership.

•   Obtain budget guidance and support via email or other written means. Once a budget is approved you will need to secure a venue to hold the event.

  Recruit a team to help with prayer, planning, promotion, and conduct, and follow-up of the event.

  Proposed Schedules and manuals are available on-line. In addition the talks can be made available for your adaptation.

Resources Needed: A venue (either hotel, community center, or equivalent) needs to be reserved early on. You will need to print the manuals and schedules.

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