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Sharing real Easter message with military servicemen

Posted: April 19, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 19, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

For men and women serving in the military, the small gift of a care package can mean the world.

The boxes, packed with toiletries, food items and other goodies are often sent around Christmas; but a team at Grace Baptist Church felt Easter was an especially important time for service members to receive one.

The Military Care team began sending men and women in the military special care packages around Easter in 2006.

“From a Christian position, Easter is just as important as Christmas,” said Kym Duxbury, leader of the group since last November.

The Care team feels it is an important time to show service members they are loved and cared about. It is also a time to share the love of Christ and the message of Easter.

Team members assemble the usual items, such as toothpaste, shampoo, snacks, puzzle books, magazines and other supplies; but they make sure to include a Bible, a devotion book and a special Easter card with a personalized message.

“These are times they are away from their families,” said Christina Richardson, administrative assistant for the care team. “Care packages tell them we’re thinking about you and care about what you are doing.”

The team acknowledges recipients may not be in combat, but may still have stress or anxiety from being away from home or worrying about their loved ones. The packages offer a token of love, compassion and gratitude.

By offering care packages at Easter the team hopes to also share the message of Christ’s triumph over death and the hope it offers the world at a very important time.

“Easter is about the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Duxbury said. “It’s the best thing to share that kind of news with others.”

The team also uses the opportunity to encourage recipients to develop a new relationship with Christ or to rekindle an old one.

Most service members were added to the care list by family members who attend Grace Baptist. Parents, spouses, grandparents, cousins and friends who wanted their loved ones to know other people appreciated their dedication.

Going beyond care packages

Duxbury was inspired to join this ministry at Grace after a 12 year involvement with military support and care packaging at the Sheriffs Department. Care packages aren’t the groups only duty, however.

The team tries to provide support for the entire family. Often military families may need help with maintenance on a house or car when a husband is off serving.

Some may need support with children and babysitting. Yet others may simply need a shoulder to lean on or someone to pray for them.

“We want to primarily show the love of Christ to people and provide care for those serving and their families,” said Duxbury.

Overall, the group agrees, Easter is the perfect time to show military men and women people care about them and the season is about an important story of Christ’s love and sacrifice.

“It’s not about bunnies and colored eggs,” said Duxbury. “Easter has a purpose that is very important, the story of Christ’s death and resurrection.”

For more information on how to add a member of the military and their family to the Grace Baptist Military Care list contact Kym Duxbury at gbcmilitarycarekym@gmail.com.

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