"Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:

     "Whom shall I send,

     and who will go for us?"

Then I said, "Here am I! Send Me."

Isaiah 6:8

           God’s Boots is a ministry of veterans, combat and noncombat, who have now placed our boots on God’s battlefield. We are also law enforcement officers, paramedics, and firefighters. However, we are more than just men and women who go to church on Sunday. We are fighting the good fight from Sunday to Sunday. We are not just pastors. We are also carpenters, chaplains, blacksmiths, responders and retirees. We are men and women who are working with adults and youth, as well as our brothers and sisters in arms who carry the seen and unseen scars of where we have served. We are in the kitchens, shelters, and prisons. We are everywhere and we often go without thanks or recognition, and that is okay with us. We no longer seek rank or awards. We have a mission. To reach out within our current fields of service to help not only our brothers and sisters in uniform, but those in need within our community to make disciples of Jesus Christ. This is our mission.

            As veterans we moved from our battlefields into civilian life, we lost something. Something that is hard, if not impossible to recreate, outside of active duty. We lost “Camaraderie.” By definition camaraderie is a mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together. For those of us who have put on the uniform and boots, it means so much more. It is a bond. We are family. We have laughed, cried, and bled for one another. We have watched brothers and sisters embrace loved ones when they returned home, and we mourn those who never returned each and every day. God’s Boots reminds us that we are not on this field alone.

            As law enforcement, paramedics and firefighters you were the protectors here at home when others were deployed. When our nation called those in the military to deploy, you were called to step up and step in. As a vet, I will never be able to thank you enough. As when we all served, we didn’t always see those who had a different mission, but no matter the branch on our chest, the shield on your chest, or the patch on your arm, we knew we were not alone. We are never alone. We have each other’s six.

            The logo of the boot was created by request by a dear friend of mine. It holds several meanings. Everything falls under the mercy and grace that we find in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as He allowed Himself to pay the ultimate price. The dove represents the Holy Spirit that connects us all to one another as well as to the Father. In prayer we strengthen ourselves as well as provide cover for sisters and brothers who find themselves in a dark valley. The boot print is the impression we should leave with every step in the fight. It is a left foot, signifying the first step as we move forward against the enemy.

            When deployed to Iraq for the second time in 2008 I met a chaplain who would utter words to me every day, that I now share with others every day; “Are you in the fight?” Our boots are still on foreign soil. This world is not our home. We are still deployed, and we still have a mission.