|Reach Out, Support & Encourage
A ministry dedicated to the military wife.
Operation R.O.S.E. began in 2006 as a small group in my home on
Camp Pendelton MCB, California. This idea was sparked by the
desire in my heart to meet other Christian women in my new military
community. If it simply meant hosting neighbor-ladies and chatting
over a cup of coffee... I was excited at the thought!
My desire was to create a safe atmosphere to intentionally build
relationships in person; while avoiding gossip, "pulling-rank",
creating a clique, or forming a club. I simply wanted to spend
personal, quality time, in person with other military wives who craved
this same environment.
I don't like homework, so that was out of the question. But I
appreciate accountability and I love prayer; I especially enjoy women
who will join me in doing these things together. I wanted to feel that
spiritual connection with other women like me; specifically military
wives. I longed to hear from them too. We learned to trust & nurture
each other and the word about our small group began to spread.
The women who attended that first group with me were equally eager
to connect in a safe, nurturing Christian environment. We rapidly
outgrew my living room and by fall of 2006, we were meeting in a
local community center. It was at that time I met my future ministry
partner (and now best friend) Kristen, and in February 2007 we
officially became 'Operation R.O.S.E.'.
The women in this group instantly became like sisters. We hosted
parties, baby showers, girls nights and were anxious each week to
meet together for fellowship & prayer. We were all going through
similar seasons & challenges in our extraordinary lives, and it was
refreshing to connect with my new military "sisters" to share an
understanding of this unique lifestyle that nobody outside of the
military really could grasp. Some of these women are still
ministering beside me today and a few of them are part of our
incredible Ministry Team.
I am a military wife and I know firsthand the feeling of loneliness, fear
& pain that can accompany military life; moving frequently, constantly
starting over and the expectations of many who think we're "so
strong". We're not always strong enough, and it tends to be those
military wives who may be vulnerable enough to stray down the
wrong path and make poor choices. The challenges that come with
military life are inevitable. It is vital that military wives, single military
mothers, mom's of military, sisters, ect... stay connect in person for
the support necessary to persevere. We are constantly learning to
do things on our own and literally starting over again & again in
strange & sometimes foreign communities. The desire to connect
lies deep within the military wife. The need for personal connection
is great!! ...and there IS hope!
Won't you please...prayerfully consider how you can help us with this
Over the last 6 years, Operation R.O.S.E. has grown into a wonderful
ministry - still dedicated to Reach Out, Support & Encourage military
wives around the world. Our mission is to do everything we can to
provide the "missing link" between the church & military base/military
families all over the world. Operation ROSE has connected with
many influential people who have a larger platform to reach people
around the world. We have been incredibly blessed by some of
these people with materials and learning tools to help us grow
spiritually. One of these supporters include Dr Gary & Barb Rosberg
of America's Family Coaches; who are helping us to raise
awareness of the need to reach military wives with Christ's love and
instructions on how to be a better spouse, mother & witness for His
Kingdom. We are doing our best to reach our military sisters
in-person, with Christ's love and help her get connected at her new
duty station; her new home...and yet again when she moves.
If you are currently leading a small group and would be willing to
"Partner" with Operation R.O.S.E., we want to hear from you! We
would love to provide you with resources to reach out to the military in
your community! We'd also like to include your ministry and or
church on our website. If you do not currently serve or participate in a
small group or military outreach, I would like to encourage you to
consider starting an Operation R.O.S.E. "Connect Group" in your
area. The need is great; to bless these women in person & express
God's love & appreciation for all they do.
Thank you for visiting our website & we hope that you will prayerfully
consider supporting us in some way. We are also set up to receive
monetary donations; these offerings go towards outreach efforts and
supplying our ministry team & Connect Groups with necessary
materials. Please keep checking back, as God is constantly
preparing us for new seasons in ministry. Operation R.O.S.E. is a
non-profit organization dedicated to reaching out to our military
sisters... may all who are reached through this ministry be blessed!
Your Sister In Christ,
Founder & Director of Operation R.O.S.E.
Operation R.O.S.E. began in 2006 and is a non-profit organization.
All proceeds go towards equipping our team, connect groups &
leaders with resources & ministry tools useful to reach out & support
military wives and their families.
Www.operationrose.com was established by Emily Smith & Kristen
Springer in January 2007. Our ministry’s leadership-team consists
of a group of amazing Christian women and supportive pastors
around the US with a passion to share Christ's love by Reaching Out,
Supporting & Encouraging our military sisters and the women who
stand behind our servicemen and "keep the home fires burning".
|United States Military Population:
(The following statistics are from 2010 and
include US Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air
Force, Coast Guard, Reserves & National
Alabama = 66,199
(Active Duty = 11,272)
California = 212,800
(Active Duty = 109,697)
Illinois = 76,937
(Active Duty = 35,674)
Louisiana = 46,516
(Active duty = 15,246)
Maryland = 57,235
(Active Duty = 29,859)
Mississippi = 33,730
(Active Duty = 12,069)
Missouri = 51,510
(Active Duty = 17,184)
New Jersey = 32,753
(Active Duty = 7,116)
North Carolina = 125,333
(Active Duty = 87,445)
Oregon = 17,411
*Active Duty = 933
Texas = 194,965
*Active Duty = 108,835
Virginia = 123,686
*Active Duty = 80,132
Washington State = 65,615
*Active Duty = 32,398
|"Therefore encourage one another
and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing."
1 Thessalonians 5:11
|Operation R.O.S.E. Director,
Emily Smith & her Marine Corps
hubby at the Marine Corps
Birthday Ball. Emily & Rob have
been married 13 years and
recently celebrated Rob's
retirement after 20 years of
service in the 'Corps.
Emily currently lives in Slidell,
Louisiana with her husband
and their 3 children; Maleah,
Kalin & Hailey.
See more photos here.
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