Monthly Archives: July 2020

Building God’s Way Celebrates 900th Ministry Design

FAITH NEWS SERVICEBGW Architects (Building God’s Way) announced a milestone this week as the company recently began design work on its 900th ministry-based project. An industry-leader in faith-based architecture, BGW has worked almost exclusively with churches and Christian schools nationally since 1997. Since that time, BGW has helped ministry organizations across 47 U.S. states and 3 foreign countries to realize their God-given vision through innovative, stewardship-driven design.

From the firm’s first ministry design project for Lakeland Christian Academy in Winona Lake, Indiana to its 900th that is currently being completed for Crossroads Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, KY, BGW’s focus has been on delivering the highest level of stewardship, God-honoring relationships and intentional ministry focus.

Don Mahoney, President and Principal Architect, commented on the recent milestone, “In looking back over the 23 years since the inception of the BGW approach, we could never have dreamed of the places that God would take us or the number of ministries He would impact through us. We have been so blessed and have learned so much from the wisdom of our ministry clients and our great strategic partners along the way. We are excited about what the future holds as we set our sights on 1,000 designs!”.

The BGW concept originated from the personal mission of BGW Founder Emeritus Dan Cook and his calling to transform the broken “world’s way” of design and construction. Over the years, it has grown into a national movement with a network of strategic partners extending beyond architecture and construction, covering everything from mission and vision to building supplies, funding, for-profit business partners and more.

Now an employee-owned company headquartered in Ogden, Utah, BGW has experienced tremendous growth in the professional development of its staff in recent years, expanding from 2 licensed architects to 10. BGW Architects is also staffed with a team of highly trained designers, drafters, project managers, as well as personnel in the areas of business development, accounting, and administration.

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Dr. Carla D. Lewis Launches ‘Prayers That Will Transform Your Life’

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Jump start your day with Prayer and the Word of God. This daily devotional book adds faith and power to your ministry tool box. With each page, you will be edified, encouraged, stirred, and ignited with faith charges! Transform your life with accelerated prayers that bridge the gap between heaven and earth.

Prayers That Will Transform Your Life can be purchased from or from (ISBN-13: 979-8666469507) Trade Paper, $12.95; 86 pages, from Amazon, and is also available from

About the Author

Dr. Carla D Lewis is the Vice President of Christian Bible Institute & Seminary and is an anointed psalmist leading praise and worship in the Lord’s church. As Assistant Pastor of the Dwelling Place of God Christian Fellowship Church located in Houston, Texas, Dr. Lewis serves faithful with her husband, Dr. Tony V. Lewis, who is the Senior Pastor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies, a Master of Arts degree in Ministry and an Honorary Doctor of Sacred Music degree. Dr. Lewis is also a Certified Christian Counselor, Christian Life Coach and a Certified Christian Chaplain.

About the Publisher

Vision Publishing is a Christian publishing company helping authors edit their manuscripts, publish, print and successfully market their books nationwide.

Dr. Carla D. Lewis

Dr Tony Lewis launches Pastoral Counseling “An Introduction to Pastoral Care”

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – We find much of mental illness, or the inability to cope in a healthy way with stress, is rooted in family dynamics. Children learn by watching their parents; they watch their reactions when stressed. For example, one client frequently watched her mom and dad drink heavily and then sink into depression leading to violence every two weeks or so, right after dad came home with an insignificant paycheck. Along with learned behavior from long term exposure to traumatic incidents, others become trapped in a mindset which they have learned. Counseling can show them alternatives. It can often be a long and arduous process. Knowing how to help in an effective manner is a skill that can be taught… and that is the purpose of this book.

Pastoral Counseling (ISBN-13: 979-8663124584) Trade Paper, $17.99; 252 pages, from Vision Publishing, and is also available from and The book can also be purchased as a part of an Academic Bundle. The bundle comes with a textbook, course syllabus, PowerPoint, student study guide, final exam and grading key. More information on Pastoral Counseling “An Introduction to Pastoral Care” can be found at

About the Author

Dr. Lewis is the founder and president of Christian Bible Institute and Seminary. He also serves as Senior Pastor of the Dwelling Place of God Christian Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Lewis has earned both Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees, a Ph.D. in Theology, and a Doctorate in Christian Counseling. Dr. Lewis is a Certified Christian Counselor, Anger Management Specialist, Integrated Marriage and Family Therapist, Christian Chaplain and Biblical Life Coach. He is also the author of The Wife He Wants “What A Godly Man Seeks In A Wife “and Word Potential “Essays On The Faculty Of Spoken Words”.

He is happily married to Dr. Carla D. Lewis. First Lady Lewis, an anointed psalmist, and author who works closely in ministry with Dr. Lewis. They are the proud parents of three wonderful children, Tony, Timothy and Breanna. For more information on Dr. Lewis, visit 

About the Publisher:

Vision Publishing ( is a Christian publishing company helping authors edit their manuscripts, publish, print and successfully market their books nationwide.

Dr. Tony V. Lewis

Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey Breaks Christian Crowdfunding Records For Children’s Fiction

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Ontario, Canada— July 30, 2020— Lithos Kids is pleased to announce that Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey has raised more than triple its funding goal and is the highest funded Christian book project for kids’ fiction in the history of crowdfunding.

Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey features 226 pages of beautiful artwork and faithfully adapts the Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, which is the most printed and translated book of all time, second only to the Bible.

Pilgrim’s Progress was the first book I read as a young Christian,” said author Tyler Van Halteren, a Canadian missionary currently serving in Cambodia. “When I looked for a version for my kids, I found there were none that combined engaging full-color illustrations with simplified language for children. I hope this version will inspire my two sons and many other children to believe the King’s Word, follow the King’s Path, and seek the King’s City.”

Andy Naselli, Associate Professor at Bethlehem College & Seminary, described the book as, “Excellent. Equally engaging for a 3-year-old and 11-year-old. My four girls loved it!”

A Kickstarter success, this project reached its original funding goal in only 6 hours. Additionally, Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey is gaining enthusiastic praise and reviews by a number of Christian authors and teachers.

“This child-friendly rendition of Pilgrim’s Progress provides high quality pictures along with an understandable, shortened story format for kids, all without losing the meaning of the allegory,” said Peter Goeman, Professor at Shepherd’s Theological Seminary.

“Here is a wonderful visual telling of The Pilgrim’s Progress for young readers,” said M. Scott Bashoor, Faculty Associate at The Master’s Seminary, and Co-Pastor at Community Bible Church Anaheim. “Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully worded, it guides youngsters through the rich allegories in Bunyan’s work. This is a valuable resource for kids, families, and churches.”

On August 6, the Kickstarter pre-order campaign will end and production for the books will begin. Delivery of the book is scheduled for this October, along with coloring books, ebooks, and audiobook versions. In November, Van Halteren will donate over 150 copies to a Cambodian school through the Christian mission organization, Action International.

Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey and its extra items can be pre-ordered now, worldwide on Kickstarter.


About the Author: Tyler Van Halteren is from Ontario, Canada. He is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary. Today he serves as a missionary in Cambodia with his wife and two children. He has been developing Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey for more than a year and wants this timeless tale to inspire the next generation to seek the Celestial City. He created Lithos Kids with a desire to publish gospel-centered children’s books. His sincere hope is that these books are treasured by Christian families for years to come. More information can be found at

Media Contact:
Jeff Lai
Marketing, Lithos Kids

Partners International welcomes Bryson Vogeltanz as its new President & CEO

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – (Spokane, WA) — The Board of Directors of Partners International unanimously welcomes Bryson Vogeltanz as our new President and Chief Executive Officer. Vogeltanz brings with him a wealth of experience from his leadership roles with Passion Conferences, Passion City Church (Atlanta, Georgia), and other non-profits. As we step into this new era of ministry, we believe Partners International is strategically prepared to expand and deepen our vision of proclaiming the Gospel to every person in the least reached places. We believe Vogeltanz will also help cultivate greater avenues of mission engagement for churches and individuals in America.

“It was evident that God had prepared the heart and mind of Bryson for this role,” says Board Chair Kamesh Sankaran. “Having seen ministry in 66 countries in former roles, Bryson has developed a deep-rooted passion to bring the Gospel to the least reached places and has a strong conviction of the essential role of indigenous leaders in building the Church. We believe God has gifted him with a remarkable ability to tell their story of God’s work to the body of Christ here.”

Vogeltanz shares, “My heart’s desire is to use my gifting to propel the Gospel to reach the more than 2 billion people in the world who do not have access to hear about and respond to life in Jesus. I look forward and pray with great expectation for the opportunities that will come from serving with Partners International and the work God is doing in and through this long-standing mission organization.”

Many of our Ministry Partners throughout the 10/40 Window also share their excitement about Vogeltanz joining the Partners International family.

“The Maghreb Project joins the Partners International family in this celebration. May the Lord affirm the strength and calling given to Mr. Vogeltanz. Thank you for the offering of your life, time, and gifts to serve God’s Church, people, and communities around the world. May the Lord bless you and your family in this new season for His glory.” – Executive Director Esther, Maghreb Project, North Africa

“On behalf of BFM, we want to congratulate the Board of Partners International in making the decision of appointing a new President and CEO. We want to welcome Mr. Vogeltanz to our ever-expanding family as BFM and Partners International have been working for the welfare of Dalits in India since 1984.” – Archbishop Moses, BFM, India

About Partners International:

Our calling is to join God in building the Church where the Gospel is not yet known. In our 77th year, we continue to connect followers of Christ to empower indigenous ministries to fulfill their God-given vision to reach the least reached with the Gospel. This last year there were over 244,388 Gospel presentations, 46,255 new Christ followers, and 27,508 new local leaders trained. Our vision is to see local ministries formed in the least reached, least resourced nations proclaiming the Gospel to every person and building a thriving church for all people.

For more information about the work of Partners International:

Kamesh Sankaran
Board Chair


Wrongfully Convicted Detroit Native Freed After 18 Years Joins Local Nonprofit’s Efforts to Expose the Truth Behind Police Misconduct and the Mass Incarceration of Black Men in America


Saginaw, MI: On Sunday, July 19 at 4pm EST, Detroit native and recent exoneree, Kevin Harrington, will join a panel of community leaders, legal professionals, activists, and criminal justice experts for a virtual townhall discussion purposed to expand the national conversation around police brutality and killings to include the untold narratives of thousands of black men who have been wrongfully incarcerated and sentenced to die in prison due to the broad scope of police misconduct. Harrington was wrongfully convicted of murder in 2002 and sentenced to life in prison without parole. He spent 17 years, six months, and two days behind bars before his release Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from the Macomb Correctional Facility in Lenox, Michigan. Determined to lend his voice to speak for the numerous innocent men still behind bars fighting for freedom, Harrington is using his newly acquired platform to help make a difference in the lives of others.

The Townhall is sponsored by A Life for A Life Urban Initiative, a grassroots organization founded in Michigan in 2013 to help advocate for social injustice. This online event is the second segment of the organization’s three-part virtual townhall summer series titled ‘The Truth About Police Misconduct and the Mass Incarceration of Black Men in America.” The second segment of the townhall series is subtitled “No Man Left Behind” and will focus on systemic racism in the criminal justice system and the role that police misconduct plays in wrongful convictions. In addition, it will also issue a call to action to demand that police and prosecutors be held accountable for their choices; especially in Detroit, MI where police misconduct, false findings in evidence, and hiding exculpatory evidence has gained national media attention for more than a decade. More specifically, the townhall will spotlight pending exoneration cases in Michigan that allege police misconduct and explain the criminal justice process in Michigan for investigating claims of innocence and overturning convictions.

The featured panelists are Professor Imran J. Syed, Assistant Director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic; Lisa Coney, Executive Committee Member of the Saginaw NAACP; Jimmy Greene, CEO of Associated Builders & Contractors, Greater Michigan Chapter in Flint; Jacqueline Williams, Program Associate of AFSC Michigan Criminal Justice Program; Kevin Harington, Exoneree and Founder of Justice Group Consulting Firm LLC; and Attorney Janey Lamar of the Lamar Law Firm. The panel will be moderated by Nicquel Terry, National Correspondent for USA Today.

Among the cases to be discussed, Harrington will share his personal experience of being wrongfully convicted due to police misconduct, as well as spotlight cases that allege similar concerns and disturbing patterns like those of Robert T. Hinds and Alphonso Clark, Jr., both currently inmates housed at the Chippewa Correctional Facility in Kincheloe, MI. Charged with first-degree premeditated murder and possession of a felony firearm at the age of 17, Hinds was convicted of both charges and sentenced to life in prison without parole. After maintaining his innocence for years (specifically that he had no involvement with the crimes he was convicted of) and with the assistance of supporters, Hinds discovered a miscellaneous case file maintained by the Detroit Police Department. This case file contained exculpatory evidence that was wrongfully withheld from his state-appointed defense attorney during his trial in 2001. Within this miscellaneous case file, Hinds discovered the existence of an overwhelming amount of evidence supporting his claims of actual innocence including witness statements, DNA evidence, and usable fingerprints.

After losing over 19 years of his life in prison while pursuing every investigative lead to help gather enough evidence to prove his innocence, in April 2020, Hinds was finally able to file an exoneration application with the Wayne County Conviction Integrity Unit that alleges police misconduct in his case. However, things are not progressing as quickly as he had hoped. According to a Detroit News article published on May 25, 2020, the Conviction Integrity Unit with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has been assigned to look into Hinds’ case, but assistant prosecutor Maria Miller said, “The status is that it is an open case. They have not done any work on it yet.”

While Hinds awaits news of his freedom in a Michigan prison, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the lives of people across the world, including the prisoners and staff throughout Michigan’s prisons. With 68 prisoners across the state already reported dead on the MDOC website, Hinds states that he especially fears that the pandemic could threaten his life before his expectant release from prison.

Concerned family and friends of Hinds have started a petition on his behalf to urge the Wayne County Conviction Integrity Unit to expedite the investigation of his exoneration application. Supporters can sign the petition at and financial donations to help support his exoneration process can be made at More information about Hinds’ exoneration journey and community service over the years can be found at Hinds can also be contacted directly at using the inmate ID 410196.

The virtual Townhall meeting will be streamed via Facebook Live from the business page of A Life for a Life Urban Initiative at The final segment of the three-part series “The Families Tell All” is scheduled for Sunday, August 16 @ 4pm and will feature a new panel of experts including international speaker Barbara M. Littles, Esq. and former Assistant District Attorney of New York County, Ikiesha T. Al-Shabazz, Esq.

Media Contact:
Erinna McKissick

Cry For Hope: A call to decisive action as we serve God and the oppression of the Palestinians

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – We, Kairos Palestine and Global Kairos for Justice, a worldwide coalition born in response to the Kairos Palestine “Moment of Truth: a word of faith, hope, and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering,” issue this urgent call to Christians, churches and ecumenical institutions. We do this together with committed Christians in Palestine and around the world. This is a call for decisive action on a matter that we believe relates to the integrity of our Christian faith.

We have arrived at a critical point in the struggle to end the oppression of the Palestinian people. The State of Israel’s adoption of the Nation State Law in 2018 legalized institutional discrimination in Israel and the Palestinian territories, officially depriving Palestinians of their rights to life, livelihood, and a future in their homeland. Recent acts of the U.S. administration have supported Israel’s ongoing project of land taking and attaining control over the entire territory of Palestine. These include the 2018 move of its embassy to Jerusalem, its announcement in 2019 that the U.S. government no longer deems West Bank settlements to be “inconsistent with international law,” and the 2020 “Peace to Prosperity” plan.

Fueled by U.S. support and emboldened by the ineffectual response of the international community, Israel’s newly-formed coalition government has cleared the way for outright annexation of around one third of the occupied West Bank, including the Jordan Valley. These developments make it all the more clear that we have come to the end of the illusion that Israel and the world powers intend to honor and defend the rights of the Palestinian people to dignity, self-determination, and the fundamental human rights guaranteed under international law, including the right of return for Palestinian refugees. It is time for the international community, in light of these events, to recognize Israel as an apartheid state in terms of international law.

In affirming this reality, we realize that it is incumbent upon us as followers of Jesus to take decisive action. The very being of the church, the integrity of the Christian faith, and the credibility of the Gospel is at stake. We declare that support for the oppression of the Palestinian people, whether passive or active, through silence, word or deed, is a sin. We assert that Christian support for Zionism as a theology and an ideology that legitimize the right of one people to deny the human rights of another is incompatible with the Christian faith and a grave misuse of the Bible.

We call upon all Christians and on churches at congregational, denominational, national, and global ecumenical levels to engage in a process of study, reflection and confession concerning the historic and systemic deprivation of the rights of the Palestinian people, and the use of the Bible by many to justify and support this oppression. We call on churches to reflect on how their own traditions can express the sacred duty to uphold the integrity of the church and the Christian faith concerning this issue. We cannot serve God while remaining silent about the oppression of the Palestinians.

As we face this kairos, we are mindful of the legacy of faith and action of those who have come before us and have faced circumstances of urgency and crisis. In 1933 German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer declared that the Nazi regime’s denial of the rights of Jews and the interference of the state into matters of religion placed the church in status confessionis. The Barmen Declaration of 1934 reinforced the church’s obligation to stand up to injustice and to unequivocally oppose ideologies of tyranny. In 1964 the first General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Willem Visser ‘t Hooft, stated that racism, like apartheid, constitutes a status confessionis for the churches.

The WCC followed this word with action in 1969 in implementing its courageous and far-reaching Program to Combat Racism. In 1977 the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) declared that “apartheid created a status confessionis for the church” and in 1984 suspended the white Lutheran Churches in Southern Africa who practiced apartheid. In 1982 the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) declared apartheid incompatible with Christian belief, and suspended the member churches practicing racial separation.

The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) in 2017 affirmed “that with respect to the situation of injustice and suffering that exists in Palestine, and the cry of the Palestinian Christian community, that the integrity of Christian faith and praxis is at stake” and directed the General Secretary to initiate six direct action steps. Since 2009, Kairos documents from ecumenical organizations from around the world have appeared in response to the Kairos “Moment of Truth” document of the Palestinian Christians, pledging action and providing theological affirmation of this prophetic call by the Palestinian churches.

The present times call for actions as bold, as faithful, and as resolute. The time for decision has arrived. “We call out as Christians and as Palestinians to our Christian brothers and sisters in the churches around the world” reads the 2009 Kairos Palestine document. Eight years later, in 2017, in the Open Letter to the World Council of Churches and the ecumenical movement, the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine wrote: “Things are beyond urgent. We are on the verge of a catastrophic collapse. This is no time for shallow diplomacy, Christians!”

Now, three years later, this is a cry for hope to our brothers and sisters throughout the world. We invite our fellow Christians, their local congregations, churches and international ecumenical organizations, to receive and respond to our common witness, to join the process of confessing, and to initiate processes to formally reject the oppression of the Palestinian people and any use of the Bible to justify this injustice by committing to the following actions:

  • Initiate processes at local, denominational and ecumenical levels that recognize the present kairos and the urgent requirement for decisive action regarding the denial of Palestinian rights and the misuse of the Bible. These actions will express the unity of the church in its commitment to stand up to injustice wherever it is to be found.
  • Engage in study and discernment with respect to theologies and understandings of the Bible that have been used to justify the oppression of the Palestinian people. Offer theologies that prophetically call for an inclusive vision of the land for Israelis and Palestinians, affirming that the creator God is a God of love, mercy and justice; not of discrimination and oppression.
  • Affirm the Palestinians’ right to resist the occupation, dispossession, and abrogation of their fundamental rights, and join the Palestinians in their creative and nonviolent resistance. The 2005 Palestinian call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) provides a framework for economic, cultural, and academic measures and for direct political advocacy as nonviolent means to end occupation and oppression. The purpose of BDS is not to punish or isolate Israel. It is rather to exert pressure on Israel to comply with international law, and to call upon its government and its people, in the spirit of the Word of God, to enter into the ways of justice and peace, thereby affirming its own rights as well as the rights of the Palestinian people.
  • Demand also that governments and world bodies employ political, diplomatic and economic means to stop Israel’s violations of human rights and international law.
  • Oppose anti-Semitism by working for justice against anti-Judaism, racism and xenophobia; oppose the equating of criticism of Israel’s unjust actions with anti-Semitism.
  • Support initiatives between Israelis and Palestinians and interfaith partnerships that combat apartheid and occupation and create opportunities to work together for a common future of mutual respect and dignity.
  • Come and see the reality in the Holy Land with compassionate eyes for the suffering of Palestinians, and stand in solidarity with grassroots initiatives on the part of all faiths and secular groups who challenge the occupation and who work for a just peace.

We make this call out of concern for the future of both peoples. In the words of Kairos Palestine, our call is rooted in the logic of love that seeks to liberate both the oppressor and oppressed in order to create a new society for all the people of the land. We continue to hold firm to the hope articulated in the Kairos document that Palestinians and Israelis have a common future — that “we can organize our political life, with all its complexity, according to the logic of love and its power, after ending the occupation and establishing justice.” As followers of Jesus, our response to ideologies of exclusivity and apartheid is to uphold a vision of inclusivity and equality for all peoples of the land and to persistently struggle to bring this about.

We acknowledge that by our commitment as Christians to the liberation of the Palestinian people we stand against the theology of Empire, a global order of domination manifesting in racial, economic, cultural, and ecological oppression that threatens humanity and all of creation. In making this confession, we embrace our membership in the community of the broken bread, the church fulfilling its mission to bring the good news of God’s gift of love, mercy, compassion, and abundant life for all.

H.B. Michel Sabbah
Patriarch Emeritus: Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem President: Kairos Palestine

Rifat Kassis
General Coordinator: Global Kairos for Justice

BISHOPOFTHEGATE.COM – A pictorial story of the real “Touched by an Angel”

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – There’s a new website that offers extraordinary and unusual photography along with an honest heartfelt documentary about a man’s journey from simple farmer to working with Angels as “Bishop” of the gate.

The site gives an overview of his upcoming book titled “Tell a Book”. Bishop, a name given to him by the Angels, was told by them to “tell a book, Bishop” about his experiences on an unusual piece of ground in the country. He stated that telling a book is the most difficult thing he’s attempted in his life but he is committed to work at the process of sharing some spiritual, emotional, and satisfying events concerning human beings, earthbound spirits, and the afterlife.

Welcome to a refreshing truthful story written for an inter-dimensional audience.

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Queens, New York Pastor Offers Drive Up Church + Power Shot

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – No need to come out of your vehicle. Just drive up, pull over and enjoy a good word from Inspire NY Pastor R. Simone Lord.

Dr. Lord, an African-American doctor of naturopathy, is giving out “Power Shots” in Queens to essential workers on Sundays from her Mother Earth Juice Bar Cafe. The “Power Shot” clears out mucus instantly, balances blood pressure, fights inflammation and more via her herbal blend of ginger, turmeric, honey, lemon in a proprietary blend. The Power Shot is made at Mother Earth Juice Bar Cafe.

“Essential workers are getting tired now and need to rest now and take care of themselves, as other workers rejoin the workforce,” Dr. Lord said. “At Mother Earth Juice Bar Cafe, we offer juices and herbs for all ailments; adrenal support, stress management herbal tonics, tea formulas, plant medicine, elixirs, naturopathic consultations, which include iridology.”

“During the week, essential workers can get a free “Power Shot” to boost their immune system  at Mother Earth Juice Bar Cafe. On Sundays from 2 to 4 pm, you can get God’s message PLUS a Power Shot at Inspire NY Church & Wellness Center, located at 115-42 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11434.

“Donations are welcomed and will help us to give out free Power Shots to the community.”

New Alliance Fights to End Veteran Suicide

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – TAMPA, Florida – Partnering with the White House and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), several nonprofits have come together to form the Faith Based Veteran Service Alliance (FBVSA) in order to make a global impact in the fight against veteran suicide.

“Today, more than ever, our veterans need our support,” said Dr. Damon Friedman, former Air Force special operator, President of Shield of Faith Missions and Co-Chairman of FBVSA. “Not only may they be facing issues like post-traumatic stress (PTS) or traumatic brain injury (TBI), which already leaves them feeling lost and alone, but now we face a very scary time in our country due to the COVID-19 virus. The isolation they already feel, on top of possibly having to quarantine due to the virus, makes them especially vulnerable. We want to help every veteran possible.”

On June 17, the White House announced the rollout of the PREVENTS Task Force Roadmap to empower veterans and end the national tragedy of suicide. President Donald Trump said this roadmap expands White House and VA’s partnerships to include those with faith-based leaders to establish specialized support systems for our veterans.

Chad Robichaux, founder of The Mighty Oaks Foundation and Co-Chairman of FBVSA attended the White House briefing. “President Trump said ending the tragedy of veteran suicide demands bold action at every level of society. FBVSA is an alliance devoted to bold action. There is hope, and a solution found through a multitude of faith-based non-profit organizations providing life-saving programs. Our military warriors face many issues, but together we are bringing the solution.” said Robichaux.

Made up of SOF Missions, Mighty Oaks Warrior Program, The Warrior’s Journey, All Things Possible, Reboot Recovery, Soul Survivor Outdoor, and Roever Foundation; the alliance will offer guidance and consultation to the DoD and VA for the implementation of best practices in care for our veterans.

The charter members of the FBVSA are active in all 50 states, have more than 1,000 volunteers, served more than 750,000 active duty and veterans served, connected with more than 50 other VSOs, organized more than 4000 events/programs across the country and have over 6 million engaged audience members and 3 billion impressions on social media.

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If you would like more information or would like to interview Damon Friedman or Chad Robichaux, please call or email Kristi Beckman at 850-503-5201 or