The Military Writers Society of America awarded Stories of Faith and Courage From the Home Front the gold medal in the faith category. Jocelyn Green’s fiction, Wedded to War, based on research for the Home Front book, won a gold in the fiction category!
We worked hard to find authentic stories of women, families, and volunteers to bring the best to our readers. We wanted to share the true lives of those who support the ones who serve and believe such a book can encourage military families as well as help others understand the struggles and faith seen in real lives.
We are thankful for the honor or being able to write the book and the honor of the two awards the book has now received.
John Adams sent his wife some tea she requested but his friend entrusted with deliver mixed it up and delivered it to the wife of Samuel Adams. Abigail felt vexed when she visited her friend and found she had the tea John had promised to send. Abigail wrote John and he immediately sent a new package of tea.
Samuel and his wife had very little money and she probably really enjoyed the tea and felt great pleasure at such an extravagance. I imagine the Lord sometimes allows these mixups to bless someone in need. Both women ended up with the precious tea!
On the clear morning of August 6, the first atomic bomb, nicknamed Little Boy, was
dropped on the city of Hiroshima.
Terrible devastation and yet that and one more bomb finally forced the Japanese to
surrender and ended WW2. That began a story of redemption and a peace movement.
Peace service today in Japan
Marjory Mayer arrived in Japan three years later to reach out with love at a school for girls in Nagasaki, an area destroyed by the bomb. The school stood on the opposite side of the mountain where the bomb exploded. The building remained, but the blast blew out all the windows and lifted the roof. Marjory’s new friends had lost their possessions and many loved ones. Marjory taught in frigid classrooms and lived in a tent. Her hometown sent countless packages of relief item. Through her loving example many young women came to know Christ and made a difference.
The bomb challenged the girls to become world peacemakers. The girls treasured Bible studies and desired to spread the gospel. Marjory watched the Japanese build peace parks where the bombs had exploded and held peace gatherings on the anniversary of the bombings. As students graduated, they chose professions with opportunities to interact with many people.
People from around the world visit the memorial at Hiroshima, make leis of paper cranes (origami)
and place them in the memorial.
As the students in Nagasaki believed, we should continually pray and work for peace.
It’s wonderful to receive letters from editors when we have touched their lives in a good way. Here’s one.
Dear Karen and Jocelyn, I wanted to drop you a quick note on how your book HOME FRONT has been used of the Lord in my life. On June 26, 2013, I read ?Women Rally For A Cause? on page 272. In it you told of Evangelina Cisneros and her plight as published by William Randolph Hearst. Upon further investigation, I learned about ?yellow journalism?. I had not remembered ever studying it in school but found it interesting. The very next week, I attended a meeting and was seated with a woman who was at best bitter and angry at the world and took it out on me. However, I persevered and we eventually conversed in a civil manner. I do not remember how the conversation came around to the Spanish-American war but it did. She was speaking of ?yellow journalism? and because the Lord had led you to insert that particular devotion in your book for that particular day, I was prepared to speak with her concerning the matter. We had a lovely time together. She left in a less angry manner and I laughing inside at how the Lord had prepared me through my daily devotion to engage this hostile woman and hopefully make a friend of her. Thank you.
On July 25, 1780 General Gates took command of the southern Continental Army where he was later defeated. However Gates had his earlier victories and one young girl who cheered his victories. Mary Redmond played in the streets of Philadelphia to cover her spying activities. She and a young boy who came into the city with goods to sell romped around and secretly passed notes. Billy, the boy spy, traveled between Philadelphia and Valley Forge. Mary and her mother were patriots, bu the rest of her family had remained loyal to the British. The little black-eyed rebel noticed redcoats watching Billy one day and searched him, but h hid the messages inside his coat lining. She covered him with her shawl as part of their play so she could grab the messages.
When Mary heard that Gen. Burgoyne surrendered to Gen. Gates on October 17, 1777 and Mary rejoiced but had to keep her joy to herself so her family would not realize her loyalty to the Continental army. Bursting with the news she stuck her head up the chimney and shouted.
Before turning traitor Benedict Arnold showed great compassion for war orphans. He gave $500 of his own money to care for orphaned children of a friend, Dr. Warren who died in the Battle of Bunker Hill.. He also succeeded in getting the Continental Congress to support Warren’s chidren, the first war orphans of the revolution. On July 1, 1780, Congress passed the fol- lowing resolutions:
Resolved, That it be recommended to the executive of Massachusetts Bay to make provision for the maintenance and education of the said three children of the late Major-General Warren.
Resolved, that Congress will defray the expense thereof, to be amount of the half -pay of a major-general, to commence at the time of his death, and continue until the youngest of the said children shall be of age.44
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDkD-PulS7M shows more of this man who used the alias True patriot to write anti-British articles.
Across the sea in Normandy people do remember the sacrifice of Americans and their families. Carolyn Green never met her father. He left his pregnant wife to fight in WW2 and read of the birth but died in Normandy when Carolyn was only three months old. However, in searching for her father’s grave Carolyn met people who cared. He feed the town and they never forgot.
Her mother, shocked by her loss, only spoke about her dad once when Carolyn was in college. In 1990, decades after her father, Theodore Mister gave his life, Carolyn found his grave and found a link to th man she never knew. Her father yelled,
“Come on. Follow me!” and led a charge of two platoons against the Germans, firing his rifle as he ran.
He died but freed Cerisy Le Foret that day. Carolyn visits the town and grave every few years, People hug her, children give her picture they draw of her father in the battle, and they put her up on the beach while she visits. The town built a monument to honor her father, his division, and the Battle of Moulin Des Rondelle. Our government gave Carolyn the silver cross when she was two, in her father’s honor, but it’s the town that loves her that gave her a connection to her dad. They even commissioned an artist to paint a portrait of her father, that hangs in her home.
On memorial day we remember such courage as well as the loved ones left behind.
Helping a military family keeps those deployed smiling!
I’m often asked as a military mom, wife, and author of a book of stories on the home
front what people can do to support military families. There’s a lot you can do, but
please be pro-active about it.
Military spouses and kids are
Tough-they need to be to face the reality of war and time apart from their active duty loved one
Hopeful-they believe in their patriot and pray God will bring their loved one home safely
Quiet-they don’t ask for help a lot but appreciate what they get
So show up and help without being asked
Give them a gift card to eat out-even a small amount for a fast food place says you care and that warms their hearts
Give them a date you will watch the children so they can take a little time off
Invite them to share a meal
Show up to mow the lawn, plant flowers, or repair broken items
Call to say you care and want to listen to how they are doing-really listen–they may not have anyone who will listen to the daily grind and problems-then ask what has blessed them lately so they can perk back up.
Include them in a gathering (picnic, party, just hanging out) to bring that sense of belonging-it’s great when there’s a man in the group for children whose dad is away to have a father figure around
You get the idea- do something kind without being asked. It can be little or big, but be genuine and loving.
You can be a resource for them and get your church to form a hard hat group to do repairs for families with a deployed member, or hospitality group to set up some fun activities if a unit is deployed, or a youth group to set up some free babysitting.
One of my favorite memories when my husband deployed was a whole day off to do what I wanted. I went to a military pool and just laid out and slept for a few hours, then shopped and got my hair cut.