Ministry Spotlight: FOMOS

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Ministry Spotlight: FOMOS (Military Outreach)
Volunteer: Kim Sorrel

Describe your ministry: The Saint Paul’s ministry for military personnel support is dedicated to building bridges of healing in the pastoral care and spiritual healing of current, transitioning, and former military members, their families and friends. Representing a progressive Christian perspective, we are committed to assisting in the struggles of the greater military family and either filling or collaborating with to the appropriate aid organization to fill the need.

What have you learned about yourself through your ministry?
I have learned to be open to the many different ways you can be of service to the community and the Church

Have you seen Jesus through your ministry? I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and love for Veterans of all eras at St Pau’s Cathedral.

What is the biggest secret about your ministry?
Many of our ideas for FOMOS projects often come from people who are not members of FOMOS.

Why would you recommend your ministry to another person? Giving back to Veterans and their families is very rewarding. San Diego is home to one of the largest communities of Veterans in the United States. Serving our Veterans is a way to honor those that serve and have served our country.

What is the time commitment? Since there are so many different ways, we can show our support for military veterans, active duty and their families the time commitments vary. We meet once a month for about one hour on the third Sunday of the month. We are dropping food off about once a quarter at the Fisher House, a facility for family members whose loved ones are receiving treatment at Balboa Naval Hospital, we have volunteered at the annual “Stand Down” organized by Veteran’s Village of San Diego which is coming in July. We have laid wreaths at the Fort Rosecrans and Miramar National Veteran’s Cemeteries during Wreaths Across America in December.

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