Sacrificial Souls

June 4 2022 in San Nicolas de Ibarra

Angela Miller suffered soul wounds like thousands of other veterans whose very character is changed by what they saw and experienced. PTSD is not readily diagnosed as war builds shields around the human heart. Soldiers learn not to complain about the conditions they live in during war. When they return home, veterans struggle to cope as their health deteriorates slowly. “Women bring life into this world, and their souls are scarred deeply after experiencing war” Angela Miller, my friend also confessed “When I got home from Desert Storm, my soul ached and I am afraid I was harsh with my daughter Monique”. Angela had been raised by a tough single, Irish mom who made poverty bearable for her 5 kids with music. Angie is an intelligent woman with many talents! She was a gold medal winning chef in Germany who ended up as the “Mess Sargent” in charge of pumping out 350 meals twice a day for the first Prison of War Camp since the Civil War. Using razor wire the Army built a POW camp for 500 prisoners. After the battered soldiers had witnessed enough death, they were glad to surrender. At the end of the war, this camp expanded to hold 35,000 prisoners. Below Sargent Angie in the kitchen in Saudi!

Mess Sargent at work in her primitive kitchen feeding prisoners of war and soldiers

This young single mom enlisted in the Army in 1982 because 3 jobs was inadequate to feed her child. Back then the Army allowed women to enlist and bring their children. In 1984 mother and daughter were sent to Germany where Angie attended night classes in culinary arts. The Army hit the ground in Saudi Arabia on February 24, 1991 and this young mother witnessed bodies burned to ashes by NAPOM. Angela has given birth, circled the globe, rescued animals, and personally witnessed the atrocities of war. During the war she had to wear NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) clothing which included a mask, and a jacket lined with charcoal, and heavy pants. Imagine the scorch of 119 F heat while packaged in this combat gear? The sky was filled with soot that seeped into your lungs while SCUD missiles exploded, imploding bodies as you hid in earth tunnels. “We suffocated in the heat within those tents” The Desert Storm war began when Iraq invaded Kuwait for their oil and the US Army came to free the Kuwait people. Slavery did not end until 1961 in Saudi and Angela met a young proud Sudanese man who was the first born son in his family born free. After witnessing the waste of war and making friends among the captives, Angela believes that ALL LIVES MATTER. She arrived home to Michigan in 1989 after active duty for 5 years. To date she has sacrificed her gall bladder, spleen, one kidney and she has a tumor on her left frontal lobe that causes fierce migraine headaches. Angie receives partial disability and recently had to sacrifice all her furnishing and belongings in a fire sale to raise money to return to the USA for dialysis. I have never witnessed such courage in any person. Her doctor sent the email that ongoing dialysis is imminent, Angie took one day to let that news settle in, then picked herself up, sold her Jeep, made arrangements for her horse, hosted a giant garage sale then donated whatever did not sell to the American Legion in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. This post is to HONOR a VALIANT woman who has sacrificed much. Angela is a woman of faith in God Almighty. She gives thanks to Jesus for all that He made possible in this sudden move. She prays that His mercy will allow her to return to Mexico. She has been hurt by various different denominations and chooses to simply read her Bible while asking the Holy Spirit to heal her brokenness, give her understanding and His peace.

Angela Miller, is a mom, daughter, grandma, a loyal friend, and a veteran.  Life is all about relationships and Women were designed by God to give life and care deeply for those He put in their path. Consider who was it …that buried all the scorched skeletons of innocent citizens? Who scraped up the crushed human remains that were ran over by tanks? Who breathed in the stench of torched children and camels? Angie, a mother and animal activist saw, smelled and felt deeply for the POW’s and the local citizens. She is one ‘widow of war’ who did not loose a spouse, but she lost her health, buddies and friends in Saudi. For 3 years she lived across the road from us. Because of the pandemic she felt isolated like we all did. During that time she built a condo for her beloved horse “Guapo” and delighted in the rural landscape of San Nicolas de Ibarra. Her passion for making the best out of every situation is to be admired. Her character grew strong in the soil of a muddy experience. She faced the terrifying reality of war and has privately struggled through unimaginable hardships. God provided a safe haven for her to meet His peace on the raw banks of Lake Chapala. Her grateful landlord Nicolas allowed her to experience nature at its very finest. Within the canvas in which she lived, Angie was able to assist in the birthing and naming of several thoroughbred horses. In 2021 she was ambulanced to a hospital to have one kidney removed and woke up alone in a dark room, thirsty and screaming for help for 2 hours. Her PTSD kicked in and she remembers being tied down to a bed with tubes and unable to move. It was a nightmare that most us will never truly fathom. After two months of doctor visits in the USA and dialysis, Angie was happy to return to her personal ponderosa in San Nicolas. Within a few days she got the hard news that it was necessary for her to return to the USA for ongoing dialysis. God flung open the doors and within a day her Jeep was traded with another veteran for an ecoboost car to drive back to the USA. With ferocious determination she faces a health battle that is all uphill, but Angie hopes to enter a Veterans Treatment Facility for some trial drugs. Her faith says “I will be back to Mexico soon”. With the help of God Almighty, funds became available to help her get back to Kansas quickly as her health continues to spiral down. She will live with her daughter Monique on a chicken ranch and drive herself to treatments.  May God continue to bless Angie and all the brave soldiers that risk their lives for our freedoms.

Angela was born on November 9, 1963 in Bay City, Michigan. She has two brothers and two sisters. Her dad was a French Protestant who bought Bibles for all his kids. Her mom was a devout Irish Catholic. They divorced when Angie was 4 years old and she respects her mom for raising 5 children by working several jobs. As a child she read book after book of true stories always seeking why? Her brilliant red hair fits the once care free teen who played practical jokes. She fondly remembers how her mom would sing to lighten the atmosphere of their tiny apartment. Her mother’s dad, grandpa Pluedeman was a horse and buggy traveling preacher. After being in the shadow of death, she confessed that her primitive fight or flight, self-defensive survival mode kicks in with loud noises or in the midst of crowds. She longs for her heart to be softened as she eases back into a life filled by the love of family. Angie admits that isolation is her natural way of coping, so her future will require the immense peace and grace of God. Angie appreciates every prayer on her behalf.

A prayer for Angie from Psalms 90:13-17 “Return, O Lord! And have compassion on Your servants. Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days! Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us, the years in which we have seen evil. Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.” Angie fed thousands of prisoners of war and soldiers, bless her Lord. James 1:27 “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” We cry out for help, and our God provides. 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Lord Jesus, Thy will be done in and through the voice You gave Angela Miller. AMEN

Dinner with Mike and Barb June 18, 2022 – a final salute farewell. Road trip June 19 @ 7 AM

ANGIE MILLER  – A Veteran in Need of prayer and encouragement. THANKS for CARING and SHARING the HOPE that we all steadfastly cling to. We are the children of the King of kings and our God is faithful.

7 thoughts on “Sacrificial Souls

  1. Beautiful story of a courageous woman. May the Lord, guide her, soften her, hold her, bring people around to love on her with the Love of Jesus, bring her back to health in Jesus name. Amen.

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  2. What an amazing and beautiful lady!  Thank you for sharing her story in your eloquent and colorful way.   I will keep Angie in my prayers as she travels back to the states to face her medical issues.  I am sure she appreciated and loved the friendship you and Michael provided her. Barb left a few friends physically in California, but we remain connected eternally in spirit.

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    • Thank you for your prayers Diana. Just got a voice message from Angie. She and her black Lab Chica are at Starbucks this morning. Today they will cross the border. Angie appreciates all prayers. Love ya eternally sis. See ya in the clouds!

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  3. From Barbara Atkinson “What a nice write-up on Angie! I hope she will be able to return to Mexico. May God heal her totally. Blessings to Mike and you, Barb. God is so good! Thank God for the relationships He brings our way! We really need them.”

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