Angels All Around You
It’s been said, “When the soldier goes to war the entire community goes to war!” We live in the land of the free because of the brave! Most military members, first responders and their families do not wish to be thought of, or treated, any differently than other people; however, the special circumstances of military life can severely test their faith and spiritual strength. The challenges of reassignments, lengthy separations from loved ones, deployments in harm’s way, dangerous and traumatic experiences, and financial issues lead to a special need for fellowship, love, mentoring and caring that our community has the opportunity, and duty to give them. Wallace Bruce said it perfectly, “Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.”
"The King will reply, 'truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ - Matthew 25:40
To provide opportunities to recognize, honor, support, and encourage members of our armed forces, first responders and their families - done to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, through the empowering of His Holy Spirit.
The "Angels All Around You" Mission is to recognize, honor, support, and encourage members of the armed forces, first responders and their families in and around Boerne Texas & surrounding areas.
- Regular prayer to our Lord Jesus Christ on their behalf.
- Maintaining individual contact through email, letters, and care packages.
- As far as is practical, providing individualized follow-up when the military and first responders return to the local area.
History & FoundationHow Angels All Around You came to be and the foundation on which it is based.
The History of Angels All Around You
"Angels All Around You" Military Ministry was founded in Boerne as a way for families of warriors to support one another. It has since grown to an organized group of Veterans, families, and friends of military personnel, who all have the common interest of supporting our troops and their families.
The History, as written by Karen Dorner, Military Ministry.
On March 18, 2011, Colleen Voigt and Shelly Coy met for coffee at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop in Boerne, Texas. Two mothers, two cups of coffee, and one heart cry: “Is this as hard for you as it is for me?” Both have sons in the military, and face separation and deployments. Both wonder how other parents cope. Who will care for these hometown heroes and how will their families survive? Colleen says, “I just needed peace of heart.”
Following a series of God-incidents, and conversations with her pastor, Colleen sensed the Lord’s leading her to launch a prayer/support movement of some kind. Then her son returned from training with the book, Psalm 91: God’s Shield of Protection (Military Edition), by Peggy Joyce Ruth. She couldn’t wait to read the stories of God’s protection of our troops, from the Civil War to the current conflict. Ever since their four sons were little, Colleen and her husband had been praying Psalm 91:11 over them – “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Now, she read how to use Psalm 91 to pray for those hometown sons and daughters, and the idea for Angels All Around You Military Ministry was born. Shortly after, Colleen and Carol Woodward would attend Military Ministry’s Bridges to Healing Seminar in nearby San Antonio, Texas, on April 9, 2011. There they learned not only the importance of praying for our troops, but that ministry itself must be rooted in prayer. They also began to see how their church could reach out to their hometown heroes when they returned. “God really turned up the heat” at the seminar, Colleen says. She began to see how to be a bridge to Jesus, for He’s the only one who can really heal a wounded warrior. Four days after the seminar Colleen led the kick-off of the Angels All Around You Military Ministry of First Baptist Church in Boerne, Texas. This ministry is already having an impact. Shelly, the mother who shared Colleen’s heart cry, says, “Eight years ago my two sons joined the military. I had no one to turn to and would have days where I would just sit and cry. I can't begin to tell you what this ministry has done for me. Before, I had no Battle Buddy to turn to when I was feeling anxious. I prayed a lot and still do, but this deployment (their 5th and 3rd), I have my Battle Buddies right along with me praying. I can pick up the phone no matter what time, and they are there praying with me and for me. I have become a stronger person spiritually and emotionally. The power of prayer is amazing!!!” The Lord used Colleen’s love for her sons to give her a passion for serving the troops and families of an entire community. And through loving, serving, and praying for others, God has given her “peace of heart!”
Foundation of Angels All Around You
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!"
For it is He who delivers you
from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge:
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
For you have made the LORD, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.
They will bear you up in their hands,
That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
The young lion and the serpent
you will trample down.
"Because he has loved Me,
therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high,
Because he has known My name.
He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him, and honor him.
"With a long life I will satisfy him
And let him behold My salvation."