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Issue: "Surviving Syria," June 1, 2013

By the end of 2008 Renschler was sharing the gospel with others. He went back to the VA counseling session and gave his workbook to one of the older veterans. With his church, he started a retreat for soldiers called Operation New Normal. It led to weekly meetings where attendees could fight the trauma they felt together.

“I can relate to the brokenness inside of people,” Renschler said. “I have something I can give them, and that is the fact that this isn’t how it has to be forever. There is the hope that comes from believing that God has a plan, and no matter how we screw it up, He can make good out of the evil that we experience in our lives.”

Adsit, the workbook’s author, prays that more churches reach out to veterans: “Frankly if we are going to rely on the VA and the Department of Defense it’s a very difficult, and I would even have to say hopeless, situation. Not because the VA and DOD aren’t doing everything they can, but because they simply must cut out the most important element, and that is God.”

Renschler has spent the past year in full-time ministry as an area director for Men of Valor, a new faith-based military charity. He’s witnessed to numerous soldiers who have attempted suicide, seeing their lives renewed by the gospel: “You don’t have to be a psychologist to help a soldier.”

“I kept hoping he would get better”:  Katie Bagosy
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“I kept hoping he would get better”: Katie Bagosy
Mementoes  and photos of Tom Bagosy
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Mementoes and photos of Tom Bagosy
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"No matter how we screw it up, [God] can make good out of the evil that we experience in our lives": Josh Renschler
Josh Renschler's wife and children.
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Josh Renschler's wife and children.

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Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee is WORLD's Washington Bureau chief. As a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, he was embedded with a National Guard unit in Iraq. He also once worked in the press office of Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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