Mar 28, 2020
The growing network of Spaniard contacts led to Dr. Jim Rentz, Sr., a retired marriage & family therapist inspired to help work toward peace after serving as a U.S. Army Chaplain during the Vietnam War. Perhaps destiny led here as well, since Jim is a stroke survivor, because this talk happened 9 years to the day after Spanny’s own stroke. Jim discusses the turmoil that led him and his wife to adopt a Vietnamese orphan … surviving bitterness as a scorned veteran … appreciating the resilience of his father after tuberculosis … and more.
military service, faith, parenting, counseling, spirituality, Vietnam conflict, adoption
On serving as the only chaplain in an aid station with many wounded and dying, serving all as best he could
On questioning God and the church amid the mayhem of war and promising to work toward peace
On finding trauma bubbling to the surface among military veterans who avoid counseling, and trying to help
On coming to see the toll on families in Vietnam when visiting orphanages there, and finding ways to provide aid.
On coming to care for the Vietnamese people and one girl in particular, who he and his wife adopted.
On feeling led to adopt his daughter Kim
On the disappointing reception when he returned from war
On how helping others and working through his faith has helped him overcome his own anger
On telling his father that his example (achieving success after battling tuberculosis) was a priceless gift.
On his father’s perspective on prayers as already answered
On focusing on what you have and not what you don’t