Monday, April 29, 2013

A Little Bit About Michael Weiss

Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am Michael Weiss, North Points missionary to the international military community. Since this is my first blog I was asked to provide an introduction. I grew up in Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley, and graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1976. It was during my junior year that a couple of my high school classmates shared the Gospel with me. After much wondering, drugs, parties and an arrest for stealing I decided I needed God’s help. So, soon after my graduation I gave my life to Jesus while serving as a camp counselor at Camp Whittle, a YMCA camp near Big Bear Lake. At first my Jewish parents were not very excited about my decision since they thought I was abandoning their religion. But after following Jesus for about nine months my parents gave me permission to be a Christian because they saw a noticeable change in my life. Before this time they thought I would be dead or in jail by the time I was 21 years old.

The following year I joined the Army to become an Airborne Chaplain Assistant. After my initial training I was sent to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Home of the Airborne, and assigned to 7th Special Forces Group with duty at John F. Kennedy Memorial Chapel. I was here, in February 1978 that I met Sergeant Paul Reinhard, a Special Forces Soldier who had been tasked to work at the chapel until is Army commitment was over later that year. Needless to say we became close friends and partners in sharing the Gospel with our fellow Soldiers. Many years, and stories, later Paul and I are each other’s oldest friend.
Susie Masters Grad

I met and married Darlene, daughter of an Army Chaplain, in 1980 and we were blessed with our first child, Susie, in 1982. In 1985, while stationed in Hawaii our second blessing, Michael Jr., was born. Time, nor this blog, permits me to share all the joys we have being Susie and Michael’s parents. Susie is currently an Elementary School Art Teacher in Colorado Springs and Michael is an Infantry Lieutenant stationed Fort Bless, Texas with his wife Elizabeth, a Physical Therapist.

We have been stationed at numerous Army bases in the United States, in Heidelberg, Germany and I did an unaccompanied tour in Korea in 1993. Everywhere we went we connected with the Body of Christ at our local chapel where Darlene would serve in various women’s ministry leadership positions. Throughout the 90’s we were Associate Staff Members with the Navigators.

Michael Jr. Infantry Grad
Upon my retirement in 2007 I attended Regent University; I completed a Master in Theology in 2011, while developing an international military and discipleship ministry. I have provided ministry training in Europe and in a number of African countries. I am meeting with a number of men weekly to include connecting with Patrick in Malawi and Osman in Sierra Leone via Skype. Later this year I will train military ministers in Ukraine, Liberia and Cameroon in addition to events with the U.S. Army.

Last May Darlene completed a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution from Abilene Christian University and is working as a Family Deployment Coordinator for the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, Virginia. 

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