VWAM’s volunteers, most of them veterans of the war as well as the staff, shed many tears as they worked together to bring hope and healing to “the least of these” that God had placed us in their midst. It was not unusual to see a tough former Marine with tears in his eyes, holding one of these children in his arms. The visits to Polio Orphanage #5 brought a new measure of meekness and humility to every team member. It was in the midst of all of this suffering, and emotional baggage the veterans brought with them, that the calling for Vets With A Mission was birthed.
2 Cor. 5: 18 – “All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”
What God began in those early years has not faded nor tarnished in the hearts of VWAM’s leadership or volunteers. It is still the main “THING” of VWAM. It is the ministry’s heart’s desire to see the people of Vietnam know that former enemies can come together in forgiveness and reconciliation to each other. The purpose and the prayer of VWAM is that the Vietnamese on both sides of the war as well as US veterans can come to the understanding that every man, woman and child can be reconciled not only to former enemies but to God and our Savior Jesus Christ.
VWAM strives to accomplish this through the compassionate, humanitarian efforts of veterans and non-veterans alike who desire to rise above the tried political arguments and unnecessary apologetics concerning their service and the US involvement in the war.