Mission based trips like this, based upon serving God with the camaraderie of fellow Marines feeds the heart, soul, and mind!
I had not heard of Freedom Alliance before the Trip to Githioro, Kenya, but now it is top on the list! I served 8 year the Marines as a combat engineer, with two tours to Iraq. It had been 10 years since I had contacted my former squad leader from my first deployment, but when he has made a post about a Veterans/christian Missions trip to Kenya, I felt as though I fit the bill so I jumped at the opportunity. When God answers a prayer, He does so in a Big way. In mine I asked Him to open up doors of opportunity to witness and serve others. and wanted most of all the opportunity help missionaries doing God's work. So, this trip got thrown in my lap just three short weeks prior to departure, fully paid for.....I'd say it was answered!
The trip was extraordinary! Being able to take a step back into a third world nation, and doing so with fellow Marines brought with it the memories of our deployments, a chance to reminisce over all the hard times and laugh about all the great times. Even though I had some hard moments in combat and brief bouts of post deployment jitters, i never had to deal with severe PTSD, injuries, or mental burden when I return...many other did.
This type of trip though was a first of it's kind, because it's main focus was serving others (the missionaries) and above all serving God by sharing our faith and devotion to Jesus Christ in our christian walk. This trip was perfect in that it combined veterans with varying levels of experience in their christian faith and military background. This benefits everyone, especially those veterans less versed in this area, and gave opportunities to witness to those members, and both people benefit. I firmly believe that due to so many physical and mental hardships resulting from combat following war, there is only one treatment and that is a relationship built upon Christ Jesus. It is He and that faith and community of friends that you build through mission work and a local church that will without a doubt mend all the frustrations and hurt, it works time and again. Alcohol, cigarettes, pain meds, depression meds, and the like only cover up the issues doing nothing help.
Freedom Alliance though has a long history in organizing trips to help veterans work through their issues through hunting, fishing, excursions, and now missions trips. The most beneficial trips are those made up of smaller groups, 3 - 8 people, because it allows more one on one sharing and stronger relationships, and Freedom Alliance facilitates these types of groups.
From the bottom of my heart I thank this organization and what they do! This experience will never be forgotten for the rest of my life, and forged several brand new friendships, and there's not better feeling.
Former Ssgt. 1371 Combat Engineer 4th CEB Cco.
I can't say enough about Freedom Alliance and what it's doing for our veterans returning from war. I recently was given the opportunity to fish the Rouge river in Oregon with a group of vets for a few days. It was an experience I won't soon forget.
The fishing and beautiful scenery aside, being able to get away with like minded men with similar backgrounds and experiences, not having to deal with the "worries of life", and build new friendships that will last a lifetime... I can't put a price tag on that.
So to Freedom Alliance, Col. North, Pepper and everyone who donates their time, resources, land, finances and hearts. Thank you.
I have known this organization for about 4 years now and they alway seem to surprise me with their amazing support for veterans. I recently went on a trip with them to the rogue river for a fishing trip, and the trip was amazing
I am a spouse of an army wounded warrior and Jennifer Ohman has been so amazing with getting us involved with so much support with other spouses and wounded warriors who can relate to everything that we have been through. The freedom alliance has also donated $800 so I can continue my studies in college and we are forever thankful!!
Amazing team of people helping our Marines. Their warmth and generosity has been felt far and wide!!!
I am a volunteer with my husbands USMC Battalion. This Non profit provided us with support on multiple occasions.
I found out about Freedom Alliance through my sister, Marisa, who works for the organization. But I experienced firsthand the good work they do when I volunteered at a care package drive organized by Freedom Alliance interns Erin and Maria. I helped Erin, Maria, and Marisa purchase items and assemble them into a bunch of care packages to send to our troops overseas. Just us girls put together about 15 boxes. We even packed a few boxes of goodies specifically for our servicewomen, including nice smelling lotions, figuring they might appreciate some items with a more feminine touch while they bravely serve our country.
I am so proud of what Freedom Alliance does on a daily basis for our brave servicemembers. Having met a few members of the Freedom Alliance Programs team, I can say with certainty that these people are dedicated to serving our military in any and every way they can. Not only are they hardworking, energetic, and lots of fun, but they're also compassionate and genuinely interested in honoring the service and sacrifice of American heroes and their families.
When my sister, Erin Scherer, began interning at Freedom Alliance I was interested to hear about all of her new and exciting experiences. It is clear that she has learned a great deal and has a newfound appreciation for the men and women who serve in the armed forces. I was glad to make a small contribution when I participated in a care package drive that Erin organized for a marine regiment in Afghanistan. At the drive I met Maria, a development intern and Marisa, a programs officer and was impressed by their enthusiasm and willingness to help others. Recently, I visited the office and was fortunate enough to get a tour and meet some of the employees. Their genuine passion and dedication for helping others was evident even though I was only there for a brief time. Everyone I met was very friendly, and there was no shortage of jokes or interesting stories. I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to get a glimpse of the inner workings of this impressive organization.
I did not know what to expect when I first started interning at Freedom Alliance. I had heard of them and knew it was a good organization, but I did not realize how dedicated and passionate the people who work there are. Every day I see how much time and thought is put into every program Freedom Alliance has. There is such a strong emphasis on establishing and maintaining relationships with the people they serve that is unparalleled by other similar organizations. It is inspiring to see how excited the people at Freedom Alliance get when they are able to make a difference in someone's life, and working here has helped me realize that I want to spend my life directly helping improve the lives of others.
The work Freedom Alliance does is so meaningful and the people who carry out the programs really take pride in what they do. When a scholarship recipient comes in to the office to have lunch and meet the staff, the whole office lights up. When a Wounded Warrior mentions that the event Freedom Alliance hosted was the first time in a long time they were able to get out of the hospital and relax, their words are shared with the whole organization.
I am so grateful to have this unbelievable opportunity to work so closely with some of the nicest and most generous people I have known. I have learned so much more than I ever imagined in the mere seven weeks I have been here and continue to learn new things every day.
The service members and family members that Freedom Alliance aims to serve are so selfless and deserving of recognition for their sacrifices. It is amazing to hear their stories every day. And when Freedom Alliance wants to recognize and honor these sacrifices, they do so thoroughly and wholeheartedly.
Freedom Alliance is one of the best organizations in America, and it continues to improve and grow bigger and better every day.