A New Peace

January 12, 2022 • United States

God used our Family Care ministry to strengthen the Hoseas' faith and marriage and steer them toward ministry.

Bless the Marriage of a Military Couple
For a long time, Army Sergeant John Hosea’s only solace was mile after high-speed mile on motorcycle through the Nevada desert. Like many combat veterans, he missed the adrenaline and brotherhood of military service. Hundreds of miles on his Harley also quieted his mind from replaying the tragic events of June 9, 2012.

Out on patrol in Afghanistan, an IED blast launched his vehicle 27 feet into the air. He lost close friends that day.

“I spent six months in the hospital learning to walk and learning to talk again,” he said.

After the long battle toward recovery from his injuries, he became restless and battled hopelessness.

“I was in a dark place. After joining the Army, I stopped really listening to the Lord,” John said. “Because of everything I did in the Army, I was sure there was no spot for me in Heaven.”

John’s wife Sara was not willing to become part of the statistics for divorce among military families, so she signed them up for Operation Heal Our Patriots.

“I knew that the only way anything would change was if God was involved,” Sara said.

In Alaska, God opened John’s heart. He received the Lord Jesus Christ into his life. The couple also recommitted their marriage to God.

“It was just like a light bulb went on,” John said, looking back. “God welcomed me with open arms and put a new peace in our lives. I still face those memories and emotions, but now I face them with prayer.”

“It was just like a light bulb went on. God welcomed me with open arms and put a new peace in our lives. I still face those memories and emotions, but now I face them with prayer.”

After Alaska, though, is when God used our Family Care program to shift the Hoseas’ trajectory toward ministry. God used a message at our annual reunion to call John and Sara to serve fellow military families.


Since that day, the Lord has orchestrated an ongoing connection with our Operation Heal Our Patriots chaplaincy team to prepare and then equip the Hoseas for a new chapter in their lives. In 2019, John became a pastor at a church in Texas working with military and law enforcement families.

“I still call the chaplains,” John said. “They’re my mentors. If I ever have a question about how to do ministry or what to say in a situation, I’ll call the chaplains.”

The work of Operation Heal Our Patriots never ends and only extends as couples reach more couples with the life-transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Bless the Marriage of a Military Couple Operation Heal Our Patriots helps military couples build a strong spiritual foundation during a week of Biblically based workshops, relationship-building wilderness activities, and individual care by our retired military chaplains. We offer all this free of charge to these American heroes as a token of our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. Your gift will help us cover the costs—including transportation, lodging, activities, and long-term Family Care—so that we can help them find hope in the Lord.

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