Just a few miles south of Focus on the Family sits the Army Mountain Post of Fort Carson. The base is home to several combat brigades and has taken some of the heaviest losses in the Afghan and Iraq wars.
My friend and colleague, Devin Knuckles, recently connected with a number of Army personnel on the base. He learned that in one unit alone, the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 134 brave soldiers had given their lives over the course of the last few years. That is a humbling and heartbreaking reality.
Devin also learned that, of all the families affiliated with the 4th BCT, there are 483 children living on base. The employees of Focus on the Family were recently given the opportunity to bless these families by “adopting” a Mountain Warrior child and giving them a Christmas present.
It was fun to see members of our staff quickly and enthusiastically embracing the program. Colorfully wrapped packages seemed to be stacked everywhere throughout the buildings on our campus. Team members wound up adopting all 483 kids and the packages were delivered just in time for the Brigade’s Christmas party.
Members of the United States Armed Forces hold a special place in our hearts at Focus on the Family. If you or a member of your family are serving our great country, please accept our promise of prayer and support.
For those who have suffered loss, I pray that the words of Psalm 34:18 may offer a small measure of solace: “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted,” King David wrote, “and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
The program at Fort Carson reminded me again that behind every brave soldier is a loved one, and sometimes one or more of those individuals is a precious child. Please remember to pray for these little heroes, many of whom only see or hear their mom or dad via Skype or the telephone.