As an American and the recipient of every freedom and opportunity that such a title includes, it has been my honor to serve the families of America’s fallen soldiers. Families like that of US Army Spc. Jordan C. Schumann, 24, of Port St. Lucie, FL, who died July 5, 2011 in Paktya Province, Afghanistan. The vehicle Jordan Schumann was driving was sent out to aid and assist another squad when his truck struck a massive improvised explosive device.Jordan was born in Stuart, FL and resided in Port St. Lucie. He was a 2006 graduate of St. Lucie West Centennial High School and earned an EMT certification from FMTI in Melbourne, FL, after which he enlisted in the Army.Jordan’s parents, Clay and Linda Schumann are exemplary members of the community. Clay is a plumber and faithfully teaches a Sunday school class at Westside Baptist. The Schumann family are the kind of people that give to everyone else first and think of themselves last. And this is the reason for my post today. You finally have a way to give back to a Gold Star family in a tangible, loving way. I would like to appeal to you on behalf of the Schumann family that they be recipients of your prayer support and profound generosity. Before the death of their son, the Schumann’s were in the process of redoing some of their home…the home they built as newlyweds together and the home they brought their children home from the hospital to. Jordan, his older brother Clay, and their father worked on the kitchen, the bathroom…there was talk of a deck in the backyard.
But then the unthinkable happened and time…Just…Stopped.
With the loss of a child, families are forever changed. A fog descends. The unending hurt. The grief is overwhelming and since Jordan’s death, as his parents found themselves unable to function because of the loss. It is because of this that I am appealing to you, my dear sweet readers and your kindness.
You all helped us provide gifts to Gold Star children at Christmas. You helped us make and send bouquets to Gold Star wives at Valentine’s Day. You pitched in, prayed, shared, and gave towards our American Gold Star Mother’s Day Weekend retreat. I have the most incredible people who are a part of this family of families that have truly grasped how we can make a difference in this country by serving and loving on our Gold Star families.
My team and I are stepping out in faith, and tackling an ambitious home renovation project in honor of Jordan out of gratitude to this amazing family. Between August 2-7th (yes, I know, that’s less than a week away) we will be working like crazy to make all things new for this family that we have come to know and love through the most tragic of circumstances. We are believing that there are individuals, small businesses, and corporations that come alongside of us and help us honor men like Jordan Schumann, and help their families begin to see and feel the gratitude of countless Americans like you and I.
As Americans, we are all beneficiaries of the sacrifices of Jordan Schumann. He left behind a wife and newborn baby, who thankfully received generous military benefits to set them financially free in the wake of such tragedy. As parents however, Clay and Linda Schumann were not eligible to receive any such benefits and suffered arguably a much greater loss.
Our non-profit, Believe With Me (501c3) has been bringing hope and help to America’s Gold Star families. It is truly an honor and a joy to serve those who have provided all of us with so much. And it is my hope and prayer that you would consider participating in some way.
If you are local, you can contact me through Facebook and see how you can be of help physically, since there is quite a bit of labor involved. If you have contacts in the area, please, share this post with them on social media or send it in an email. And absolutely any one of you can share this effort with your children, families, and co-workers and ask them to keep the entire project in prayer.