Christians Serving Veterans is a fellowship of Christians and Veterans who work together through projects and local outreaches. This is accomplished primarily through visitation programs at VA Homes and VA Medical Centers. Every day is Veterans day for us.
Our mission is "Planting Bible Believing Baptist Ministries in Veterans Homes, VA Medical Centers and VA Clinics across the USA" and to establish and maintain fellowship between Christians and Veterans. This includes, but is not limited to God honoring activities such as the Veterans Appreciation Programs, Bible Studies (where allowed), One-on-One conversations (Friendly Visitor), Van Drivers and CSV meetings.
Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Ephesians 6:7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
Our Goal is to Recruit Christian Volunteers to work with the Volunteers and Activities Departments at your local "Veterans Home", "VA Medical Center" and/or your local "VA Clinic". Volunteer Positions include "Friendly Visitors" or "Van Drivers" for the DAV (picking up Vets from their home and taking them to the VAMC for their medical appointment, then driving them back home. Or picking them up at your local VA Clinic and driving them to the nearest VA Medical Center.) There are many other Volunteer positions available for you to choose from.
With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.
I will give you a short testimony of my salvation. I was saved on Dec. 3, 1986 at 5:30 pm in the basement of the Riverside Bible Church in Elkhart, Indiana. That was the day that I finally admitted that I was a sinner on my way to Hell and that I needed Jesus Christ as my Saviour. I asked God to forgive me and told God that I trusted what the Lord Jesus Christ did on the Cross of Calvary, shedding His Blood for me. I asked the Lord Jesus Christ to come into my heart and save me, AND HE DID! I have known from that day forward, that I am going to Heaven and it's not because of anything I did other than accept and trust what Jesus Christ did for me.
Bonnie's testimony is that "in early spring of 1986, I heard the Gospel on a television program. I realized that the Lord Jesus Christ died for an undeserving wretch like me. It was then that I got down on my knees, alone in my living room and told the Lord I was sorry for my sins. I asked Him to forgive me and to come into my heart and save me. That was the happiest day of my life! I can never thank Him enough. I became a member of Hope Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio and fell in love with the preaching of God's word."
Bonnie and I met in Toledo, Ohio in May of 1988. We were married that year on Dec 3rd, by Pastor Rick Sowell at Hope Baptist Church. I've worked in the Railroad Industry for 37 years with 3 different Railroads, most recently with the Norfolk Southern and was transferred to Altoona, PA in 1990. I retired on Feb. 16th 2008.
We were serving the Lord at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home in Altoona, PA as "Christians Serving Veterans", sent out by Harvest Baptist Church, in Cumberland, MD. Our Pastor was Dan Snow. The Lord has directed us to move back to Hope Baptist Church in Toledo, OH and have been here since Sept. 25th, 2008. We believe this will be very helpful to our Ministry with us being more central to the United States. Toledo has a major north/south route I-75, a major east/west route I-80/90, an airport 10 miles from where we live and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport is only 45 minutes away. There are 21 Veteran Facilities located within a 3 1/2 hour drive from Toledo. Whereby giving us the opportunity to visit these sites in what we call a "Day Trip." This will keep us busy when were not on the road "Recruiting".
We had been ministering to our Veterans at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home since July of 2002. We started out visiting 2 to 3 times a week during the evening. To make a long story short, the Lord Blessed us and on May 8, 2003 he allowed us to start a Thursday evening Bible Study. Since then we have also been granted permission to conduct a 9:15 and 11:00 am Sunday School. Our weekly average attendance was around 35. We have recruited 15 members from Dry Run Independent Baptist Church to take over for us at HVH. We worked with them for 6 weeks and then bowed out. They are now holding services on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. The last report we got from them is that they are averaging about 40 each week and still growing. We thank "God" first of all, and Pastor John Leatherman for his appreciation towards our Veterans in as much that he asked for and got 15 Volunteers from his church to take over the ministry at HVH. Proverbs 29:18 says "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
In addition to the Bible Studies we have special audio/vide programs. We call them "Veterans Appreciation Programs." I would be glad to share this program with anybody that may be interested in doing this. It includes all the military theme songs - like "Anchors Away", "From the Halls of Montezuma", "Off we go into the Wild Blue Yonder", and "As the Army goes Rolling Along". The Vets love it and we have a good time. It gives us a chance to get a group together and get to know them. I have had several of them ask me, "when are you coming back?" We have received several letters from Administrators at the Homes, thanking us for doing programs for the Vets.