We have an exciting Gospel ministry project lined up for the year.
A new podcast
My colleague, Deon, and I are starting a podcast aimed at giving Gospel support to veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The Battlefield to Blessing Podcast – Supporting warriors suffering from PTSD – is a much-needed ministry and considering our past experiences, we believe “we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction.”
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences a traumatic event. The effects of PTSD can be wide-ranging and can impact a person’s life in many ways.
Some of the common effects of PTSD include:
Intrusive thoughts: People with PTSD often experience intrusive thoughts or memories of the traumatic event, which can be distressing and overwhelming.
Avoidance: People with PTSD may try to avoid situations or activities that remind them of the traumatic event. This can lead to social isolation and difficulty functioning in everyday life.
Hyperarousal: People with PTSD may feel constantly on edge or hyper-vigilant, which can make it difficult to relax or sleep. They may also experience physical symptoms such as sweating, shaking, or a racing heartbeat.
Negative mood: PTSD can lead to feelings of depression, guilt, shame, and hopelessness.
Substance abuse: People with PTSD may turn to alcohol or drugs as a way of coping with their symptoms, which can lead to addiction and further complications.
PTSD can also have a significant impact on a person’s relationships, work, and overall quality of life. It can lead to difficulties in forming and maintaining healthy relationships, and it can make it challenging to hold down a job or pursue education or other goals.
It’s important for people with PTSD to seek help from a mental health professional as soon as possible. That’s not who we are.
With proper treatment and support, that’s where we come in, it’s possible to manage the symptoms of PTSD and live a fulfilling, God honouring, life.
Just as Deon and I were finalising preparations for the podcast, my friend Lindelekile, asked to meet with us.
Lindelekile is now the provincial chairman of the Azanian People’s Liberation Army Military Veterans Association (APLAMVA). This is the same group that attacked our church in 1993 – the attack became known as the St James Church massacre.
He wants Deon and I to give ‘spiritual input’ by us speaking at the national conference of the APLAMVA, in July. Praise the Lord for this great Gospel opportunity!
Lindelekile was thrilled to hear of the podcast and wants his members to listen.
You won’t want to miss this interview with my co-host, Deon; he has lost 25 friends to suicide, due to PTSD. His life was radically changed by the Gospel of the Kingdom of God!
Click to listen to my interview with Deon for Radio Tygerberg: Salt and Light – With Charl and Deon
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17