Military women, both those in uniform and military wives, desire connection, stability, hope, and joy. Dealing with multiple moves, frequent deployments, and questions regarding careers, we still must continue to build marriages, raise children, develop relationships, and manage careers. Usually far from family, these challenges can seem insurmountable to accomplish on our own and finding what we need almost impossible.
As military women ourselves, we have walked familiar roads and searched for the same things. What we have come to know and understand is that we do not conquer these obstacles or find the answers on our own. Our only hope for these things is Jesus.
Beginning in January 2014, we began to put together an organization to meet these very needs. These eleven military women launched just such a thing called Planting Roots in October 2014.
Planting Roots has a vision that military women will be deeply rooted in Christ, no matter where they find themselves. In order to fulfill this vision, our goal is to build a community of military women to provide connection and a biblical foundation where we desire to challenge each other to find stability in Christ and to find His purpose for us in the places we are planted.
In a nutshell, our mission is to encourage military women to grow in their faith. Some of the ways we do this is by building and fostering a community of military women through Christ-centered live events, engaging media channels, and our interactive website where we share our stories and conduct online Bible studies. We strive to reach women with the Gospel and to encourage believers to dig deeply, living out our faith in the place we are planted. We pray that through this effort military women will find the connection, stability, strength, and purpose in our personal lives, in turn building our marriages, families, and communities. Our foundation will be in Scripture.
Jeremiah 17:8 states, “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.”
We, as military women, want to be that tree.