Sundoulos - Summer 2009

From the Editor

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq drag on, with many members of the Armed Forces serving multiple combat deployments. Heavy reliance on the National Guard means that even communities quite far from large permanent military bases have had citizens called up, have seen sons and daughters return wounded or traumatized as a result of battle, and have, in some cases, watched flag-draped coffins carried to local cemeteries.

Returning veterans may now be found in many churches, and often pastors, very few of whom have military experience, are at a loss to know how to minister to these young men and women. Family members of returning veterans may ask their pastor for counsel, and veterans themselves may come for help.

In this issue we offer two remarkable articles. Mike Wilkins, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, recently returned to Vietnam as part of a series of programs produced by Day of Discovery to help veterans know how to find healing in Jesus Christ. Mike reflects on his experiences, and on how the Lord worked in his recovery from the trauma of combat. Rex Johnson, Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership, along with Army Chaplain Kevin Doll, a Talbot alum, address practical ways that the church community can offer healing help to traumatized veterans.

The lessons that Mike, Rex and Kevin teach have wider relevance than just returning veterans. There are many other sources of trauma in the lives of our people, and I believe that these articles offer guidance in dealing with victims of other kinds of traumatic experiences.

May the Lord strengthen you as you minister to those who hurt.

Fellow-servants together,
Garry DeWeese

About Sundoulos

Sundoulos is published by the Talbot Alumni Association for the purpose of ministering to and communicating with alumni and friends of Talbot. All rights reserved. No material can be reproduced without the permission of the Sundoulos editorial staff.

The Talbot journal, Sundoulos (soon'-doo-los), is designed to serve those who have graduated from Talbot and are in full-time ministry. Sundoulos grew out of an influx of requests for some kind of continued support for alumni as they finished their coursework at Talbot. In 1993, it joined with the Alumni newsletter and received a new format. Dr. Bob Saucy was instrumental in the creation of the journal and describes it as “a way we could bring the fruit of the faculty to alumni.”

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