Doc gathers for a reunion with buddies he served with in Vietnam. They’re still a band of brothers 50 years later.
Carla McDougal, executive producer of the We Are
Stronger movie, joins Karen Dorner at Cru’s U.S. Staff
resources to direct them.”
Another powerful resource is the
movie We Are Stronger, produced by
Reflective Media Productions of
Houston. The feature length film
depicts the struggles of a veteran
dealing with post-traumatic stress
disorder, the effects on the family and
how God intervenes in his life in an
amazing way. The most common thing
many veterans and family members
say after seeing the movie is, “We saw
ourselves on the screen.” This realization
is often the first step towards
seeking help. When
We Are Stronger
came to San
Antonio, most of the
registrants for the
REBOOT course had
seen the movie just
before signing up.
equip churches and
identify the specific
needs in their own community and
develop a ministry outreach to meet
“This isn’t a prescription but based
on the church’s own DNA — their
strengths, gifts, and ideas,” says Karen.
“We don’t just train; we’re in it for the
long haul. We’re always here.”
The greatest challenge the ministry
faces is spiritual warfare and getting
participants to know the truth of God,
rather than the lies they’ve told
themselves. “There’s a major attack on
the truth, forgiving one’s self and
experiencing false guilt,” says Steve. “If
we can get them to know the truth
about God’s forgiveness, the healing
process can begin.”
anonymously a U.S.
Army veteran says
year,” he says, “I
reached the lowest
point in my life. My
PTSD had placed
me in a psychological
Steve and Karen Dorner
have served Cru since
abyss from which I had no hope of
recovering. After coming close to
committing suicide, I decided that I
needed help. I asked God for help and
he answered me by placing REBOOT in
“As I went through the class, my
eyes were open to the possibility that
relief and recovery were possible. I met
some amazing God-loving people that
did not judge me in any way. I met
brothers and sisters in arms who felt
as I did. I was not alone in this fight. It
was through this program that I have
been able to fully face my demons.
Through this fellowship, I have learned
to love myself again and begin the
healing process that I needed so badly,”
says this man.
Steve says this healing is priceless.
“I’ve had men come up to me and say,
‘Other organizations have given me
gifts and hunting trips, but you’re the
first to give me hope,’” he says. “It’s the
loss of hope that pulls the trigger, takes
the pills and leads to divorce and there
is only peace through Jesus Christ.”
Steve emphasizes the need to interject
the churches and Christ into the
healing process. “We want to enlist
everyone we can,” he says, “to join the
Steve Dorner equips
churches for post-traumatic
stress disorder ministry in
Give to the Dorners:
Be A Light.
Invite. Steve and Karen can equip a
group in your church to launch their
own ministry to those who serve. Watch.
Download the We are Stronger movie at
www.strongermovie.com. (For easy access,
use the link at saBeacon.com.) Donate.
The Dorners serve and live totally by faith.
Prayerfully consider keeping them on the
frontlines of this epidemic by becoming a
monthly financial partner. Go to www.give.
cru.org/0532918 and give.
S TOR Y MADE POS S I B L E B Y:
Thank you Lord, for this anonymous donor
who generously gave so CRU Military could
be featured in this issue of The Beacon.
With this generous gift, we are able to raise
awareness of this ministry and the difference
they are making in our community.
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