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2018: Year in Review

Posted by | December 17, 2018 | No Comments on 2018: Year in Review

We’re pleased to share the following highlights from 2018 – our first year offering retreats at the Task Force Heroes Renewal Center. All of the heroes that attend our retreats do so at no cost to them (approximately $1,000 value). It is solely for the donations of our generous supporters that they are able to attend. If you are able to sponsor or help to sponsor a hero to attend one of our retreats, we invite you to make a tax-deductible donation through our website.

61 veterans, firefighters, and police officers attended the 4-day retreats held at the Task Force Heroes Renewal Center between April 20 – November 1, 2018.

  • 21 chapel services conducted
    • 8 additional chapel services with communion
  • 14 mountain bike adventures
  • 14 archery competitions with instruction
  • 14 fly fishing sessions with individual lessons for all attendees
  • 126 meals served – all prepared by 1 staff member
  • 14 resiliency peer-to-peer groups
  • 28 peer-to-peer lessons using the 4 C’s of Godly visioning: Core, Capabilities, Context, Courage

Over 87 individuals have toured the facility in 2018.

Agencies Represented by Individual Attendees

  • Long Beach Fire Department
  • Los Angeles County Fire Department
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
  • Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD)
  • Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Metro Division
  • Montana Tribal Police
  • Nashua Police Department, New Hampshire
  • New York City Police Department (NYPD)
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department
  • U.S. Army Veterans
  • U.S. Marine Corps Veterans

Veterans from the Following States

  • California
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Conflicts Where Our Attendees have Served

  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan
  • Operation New Dawn-Iraq
  • Desert Storm-Iraq



Thank you for all of your support in 2018! Would you consider partnering with us in 2019? Your financial support allows us to extend our ministry to those we serve. Tax-deductible gifts can be made securely through our website. If you or someone you know would benefit from attending the Heroes Renewal Center, please apply to attend a retreat or contact us.

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From the Foxhole: Spring 2018

Posted by | July 9, 2018 | No Comments on From the Foxhole: Spring 2018

Archery at the Heroes Renewal Center

We are so excited to have begun operations at our new Task Force Heroes Renewal Center in Bozeman, Montana.

On April 20-22, we were honored to have some of our nation’s finest here to experience the beauty of the “Big Sky Country.” Several LA County Firefighters arrived and were able to experience fly fishing, archery, peer to peer groups, bonfire discussions, great meals, and protestant chapel services.

We were also blessed with some wonderful volunteers who assisted our staff and attendees with fly fishing instruction, archery instruction, and more. We greatly enjoyed the opportunity to serve them as they have served so many over the years, often times with little thanks. These firefighters are not only pillars in their agencies but also pillars in their communities.

Our staff here at Task Force Heroes are honored by these great community servants, and we are looking forward to future retreats with military combat veterans from the local community and some large police groups from the east coast.

Please continue to pray for us and for those who choose to attend the Heroes Renewal Center.

Pastor Shane’s Point of View: Spring 2018

Posted by | July 9, 2018 | No Comments on Pastor Shane’s Point of View: Spring 2018

In my previous letter we recognized some military Chaplains who had made the ultimate sacrifice, demonstratng love for their service members and their country.

Let’s take a moment to look at the importance of love and loving one another. Love can be described several ways, however I would like to focus on the commonly used word for love in the Bible and that is Agape (Αγάπη) love. This the Greek word for Love. It is an unconditional, no limits love. It is also defined as a love that had no parameters or bounds. I believe often times that we cannot even comprehend this type of love as humans. This self-emptying and divine love is something that we must practice and give to others as followers of Christ.

However, I realize it is difficult to do. We hold on to hurts, and wrongs, fail to truly forgive and can become selfish and self-centered. I believe that at times we can even put our own conditions on love as if to say, “well only if he or she does this then I can love them”.

Well I am happy to say that our Father in Heaven does not do that. And thanks be to God that He doesn’t! If He did we not be able to experience the Love that He gives. We could not demonstrate that love to others. We could not care for others like we should without that Christ-like example of love.

So today I ask you, do you husbands out there love your wives like Christ loved the church? Do you love your neighbors with that agape love? Do you love those in need like Christ loves you when you are in need or not? Do you live a life of selflessness instead of selfishness?

It is not easy. We all make mistakes, but we have an example for our daily lives and that is Christ. Through His healing of those in need and His sacrifice on the cross, He has set the example for us all.

I will conclude with this verse from the book of John chapter 1 verse 29: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’” The interesting part of this verse is that the word used here for “world” is the Greek word “Κόσμο” meaning “Kosmos”, or the entire universe, the whole world and everything in it.

This is that demonstrated Agape love telling us that He died and was resurrected for you and for this whole world! Enjoy the comfort in knowing our Savior Jesus Christ that through His love for you and for me, we can be eternally secure through our belief in Him and our Faith in Him!

Read more from the Spring 2018 Task Force Heroes newsletter.

From the Foxhole: Firefighter Captain David Krisman

Posted by | October 20, 2017 | No Comments on From the Foxhole: Firefighter Captain David Krisman

As many of you know, I enjoy bringing a message from the frontlines by honoring a Hero who has served our nation and our communities. This quarter, I want to honor one of our very own board members, Firefighter Captain David Krisman.

David has served with the Los Angeles County Fire Department for 32 years, after joining the agency in 1985. Some of his assignments include station 73 in Newhall, CA; station 107 in Santa Clarita, CA; station 76 in Valencia, CA; station 36 in Carson, CA; station 92 in Little Rock, CA; and his current assignment as Captain of station 11 in Alta Dena, CA. David successfully graduated from paramedic school in 1992 and served as a paramedic for 10 years. In 2002, David became a Fire Fighter Engineer and served as an Engineer for 10 years before he was promoted to Fire Captain in 2013.

David has earned many awards in the line of duty. To name a few, David was awarded Helicopter Crew of the Year as part of a crew that rescued 2 injured firefighters during night time operations in a wild land fire. Additionally, David was awarded the Medal of Valor for attempting to rescue a man in a vehicle that was submerged under water in an aqueduct. Although the man passed away from his injuries, David risked his life by jumping in the water and attempting to swim down to the vehicle and free the trapped occupant.

David embodies the character of a warrior as demonstrated by his career accomplishments, and his life of sacrifice and service.

David also has been married to his wonderful wife Katrina for 11 years. Together they have 3 children and currently attend Horizon Baptist Church located in Camarillo, CA. He enjoys spending time with his family and woodworking.

This country is fortunate to have men such as David out there serving and protecting us from the dangers and threats that rise up in our communities. I am very honored and humbled to be able to honor this local Hero. I would ask that we continue to pray for all of our service members, first responders, and our nation’s leadership. These brave men and women are on the frontlines every day serving us and they deserve our prayers.

Pastor Shane’s Point of View: Fall 2017

Posted by | October 20, 2017 | No Comments on Pastor Shane’s Point of View: Fall 2017

Amidst our somewhat divided country today, it is good to reflect on the sacrifices and selfless acts of others.
These four chaplains define what our country should be about. It did not matter what their religious worldview was, or the color of their skin, or their income. These four warriors came together to save others and make the ultimate sacrifice while ignoring their own safety.

The Four Chaplains, also sometimes referred to as the “Immortal Chaplains” or the “Dorchester Chaplains,” were four U.S. Army Chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel as the troop ship SS Dorchester sank on February 3, 1943, during World War II.

The relatively new chaplains all held the rank of first lieutenant. They included Methodist minister the Reverend George Fox, Reform Rabbi Alexander D. Goode (Ph.D.), Roman Catholic priest Father John P. Washington, and Reformed Church in America minister the Reverend Clark V. Poling. Their backgrounds, personalities, and denominations were different, although Goode, Poling and Washington had all served as leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. They met at the Army Chaplains School at Harvard University, where they prepared for assignments in the European theater, sailing on board Dorchester to report to their new assignments.

When there were no more lifejackets in the storage room, the chaplains removed theirs and gave them to four frightened young men. One survivor would later say, “It was the finest thing I have seen or hope to see this side of heaven.”

As the ship went down, survivors in nearby rafts could see the four chaplains — arms linked, braced against the slanting deck with voices heard praying and singing hymns.

I believe it is when we look for the best in others and look at their hearts in love that we will see true progress in our country. It is when we are willing to stop being selfish and having our own agendas when we can truly see God’s will in our lives. It is when we are willing to sacrifice for others that we truly understand the meaning of love and what Christ did on the cross for us. Whether we are willing to sacrifice our time to serve others, our finances, or share our homes by inviting others in, or even sacrificing our very lives for another, it all boils down to sacrificing for others in need. This was best defined by Christ’s actions on the cross. Jesus was willing to go to the cross, suffer and sacrifice Himself for all of us.

In closing, I want to challenge all of you and myself to think about the level of sacrifice in your life. Are you too comfortable? Are you giving and sacrificing something to others? What are you willing to do for people in need?

These four chaplains knew there was a need and they responded. They made a decision to be willing to die for the men around them. Politics did not matter, the individual’s religion did not matter, but the lives of their soldiers and civilians mattered. These brave men left a legacy of sacrifice for all of us to remember and honor.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Shane

Pastor Shane’s Point of View: Summer 2017

Posted by | July 24, 2017 | No Comments on Pastor Shane’s Point of View: Summer 2017

We are excited about 2017 as we continue to grow and serve those brave men and women who serve us!

Our annual Gala was a huge success. Most importantly, it provided us an opportunity to recognize and honor 11 of our nation’s heroes which included veterans from Vietnam, WWII, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as first responders (fire fighters and police) from right here in our own communities.

I am consistently amazed at the sacrifice these men and women make. I am also amazed at the sacrifice their families and loved ones make as they send their warriors off to foreign countries to fight for our freedom or to the streets, cities and counties to keep the peace and provide a safe environment for all of us to live.

These brave men and women are cut from a different mold. They hold true to the importance of not only selflessness, but to the real meaning of service by placing themselves in harm’s way for us. But they face many challenges living a life of frontline action. Currently the VA reports 22 service members are committing suicide daily. We see marriages struggling as the reintegration process continues to be difficult to negotiate. We also see that Post Traumatic Stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder continues to be a reality of being exposed to trauma on a frequent basis. That is where Task Force Heroes desires to stand in the gap and be an additional tool and resource for their healing and support.

My team and I are excited about 2017 and all of the great missions we have planned to give back to our warriors. But we cannot perform our service to them without your support. We thank you for your consistent and vigilant efforts in partnering with us.

In His Service,
Pastor Shane

Task Force Heroes

OCVMFC Participating Organization

Posted by | March 20, 2015 | No Comments on OCVMFC Participating Organization

Healing Heroes Ministries is proud to announce official acceptance as a supporting organization for the Orange County Veterans & Military Families Collaborative. As a participating organization, we are able to provide active duty, reserve, veterans, recently separated veterans, homeless veterans, disabled veterans, military/veteran families, spouses, and children with the following services:

  • Spiritual and emotional support
  • Marriage and Singles Retreats
  • Family Care Ministry
  • Confidential Counseling
  • Stress Coping Programs
  • Youth and Family Scholarships
  • Veterans Appreciation Events
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • and more

For more information, visit

Sponsoring Olympic Development Program Athlete

Posted by | March 8, 2015 | No Comments on Sponsoring Olympic Development Program Athlete

Hello, my name is Rylee Williams and I am a part of the Olympic Development Program. This program allows young athletes to one day accomplish their goals and possibly be an Olympian. There are different levels in this program and they are the Developmental team, the Cadet team, the Youth team, the Junior team, and the Senior team. I am currently on the Developmental National Team but it took a lot of hard work to get to where I am now.

It all starts off with your zone team. A zone is a certain region of a state and all of the athletes in that zone play on a team together. I play for the Coastal Zone. My team and I would practice at least once a month to prepare for Regionals. Regionals is a huge tournament and selections for the first camp, the National Team Selection Camp, are made at the end. Coastal Zone took fourth place at Regionals and when that was over, the selections occurred.

Many of my teammates, myself included, were selected to attend the National Team Selection Camp. However, in order to attend that camp, we had to raise a total of $1,250. I wouldn’t have been able to attend this without your help so thank you very much for your donation and support.

This camp lasted four days and about seventy girls were selected to attend. Throughout the course of this camp, coaches evaluated all of the players and decided who would be making the Developmental National Team. At the end of the camp, I was exhausted but all of my hard work paid off when I was selected for the team.

The top twenty-eight athletes that were selected attended another camp. However, this camp was more relaxed and more fun than the National Team Selection Camp. We all got to know each other better and the coaches were more exciting to be around. We also got new National Team gear which included a new bag, a suit, a jacket, sweat pants, and a shirt. By the end of this camp, all of the athletes and coaches were more comfortable with each other and it was just an overall great experience.

I now have another camp to look forward to which will take place at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado. At this camp, I will be training with the Developmental team and the Cadet team which will better prepare me for the higher level water polo next year. This year has been such a great experience for me and has helped me become a better water polo player. Thank you again for all of your help because without you, I wouldn’t have made it this far.

Steinbeck Wines to Donate 5% of Sales of “Crash”

Posted by | December 9, 2014 | No Comments on Steinbeck Wines to Donate 5% of Sales of “Crash”

In honor of all military men and women who have served this country, both past and present, Steinbeck Vineyards and Winery will donate 5% of all purchases of the newly released 2010 Crash to Healing Heroes Ministries.

The Crash was named in honor of the 5 airmen who crashed on the Steinbeck property in 1956. To learn more about their story and the history of the vineyard, we invite you to watch the documentary Heritage Steinbeck: Honoring Family, Cultivating Land, Touching Lives.

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