Homefront Heroes began in August of 2016 as a deployment support group called “Faith Deployed” that was attached to the military chapel at Fort Riley, KS. The vision was to create community for ladies who were attending Bible Study, that wanted something that specifically focused on deployment. The following year, April Griffin, felt called to continue this ministry but God gave her a new vision.
This new deployment group would focus heavily on reaching the community. Instead of only meeting the needs of chapel attendees, she would get out into the community to reach women unconnected to a body of faith. She would invite women who were unconnected in their community and focus her attention on reaching the lost and the hurting. God blessed this vision and attendance soared!
After the first year, April prayed and felt the need to change the name of the group to Homefront Heroes, to encompass not just deployment but also pre-deployment, reintegration, or any other challenging season of military life.
Since August 2017, women have sought comfort, community, and spiritual encouragement week after week. Our community group at Fort Riley has been incredibly successful and is now a household name within the Fort Riley community. We work hand in hand with deployed and returning brigades to bridge the gap between the units and family support.
Through Homefront Heroes, women have an alternative support system that not only provides community but also spiritual encouragement that focuses heavily on breaking down misconceptions of who Jesus is, what it means to walk in a relationship with Him and how that impacts our life as a military wife. We are very “outreach” focused and welcome the sinner. Our structure of connection, message and conversation has been very well received.
In January of 2019, God began speaking to April that there was still more to be done. With much prayer, and timing that could only be from God, He has brought Ashlee Beasley and K’lee Reynolds together with the same vision of ministry and Homefront Heroes Ministries was born. Our heart is to bring Homefront Heroes Community Groups to installations all around the world. This is only the beginning of what God has planned through this ministry.