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John and Yvonne
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • United States

John and Yvonne's Friends

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John and Yvonne commented on MomByHeart's group '✟CHRISTIAN NAVY MOMS'
"Alana, How much longer does your son have  here at A School?  Yvonne and John"
13 hours ago
John and Yvonne commented on MomByHeart's group '✟CHRISTIAN NAVY MOMS'
"P.S.2, We do adopt the sailors when they come over . :)"
John and Yvonne commented on MomByHeart's group '✟CHRISTIAN NAVY MOMS'
"Chipmunk and Alana , John and I actually attend a church on Dam Neck Rd. right down the rd. from Dam Neck Base and we would be happy to pick your son up for the service and if he has the time we would invite him over for Sunday lunch at our home and…"
John and Yvonne commented on MomByHeart's group '✟CHRISTIAN NAVY MOMS'
"For Alana and Unexpected Navy Mom; Lord Jesus, we pray for these two sons that you would provide unexpected times in their day for studying for their tests this week and give them understanding and help them remember everything they've…"
Phoenixmom left a comment for John and Yvonne
"Thank You for the message, that is very nice of you, I will le it be known."
Feb 16
John and Yvonne commented on MomByHeart's group '✟CHRISTIAN NAVY MOMS'
"Moms, Since all of us here have faith in Christ, we just wanted to remind you all that John and I invite the sailors stationed here in Norfolk/Virginia Beach to give them a place to hang out, but also to share the gospel and love of Christ with them…"
Feb 15
John and Yvonne replied to Madison's discussion 'Moving to live with Husband during A school'
"I was an ET many years ago! The school was Monday through Friday from about 7 -3. The rest of the time was mine. Obviously I needed to study and periodically had duty. But mostly It is just like going to college. Finding a place to live can be…"
Feb 3

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A little about me:
I'm a retired Navy chaplain. And Yvonne is the wife of a retired Navy chaplain. :) Together we spent twenty years in the military. I spent ten years as a chaplain, and prior to that, ten years as an electronics technician.

Yvonne and I open our home to young military men and women stationed in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. We like to think of our home as a "home away from home" for servicemen and women.

I originally joined the Navy right out of high school and went to boot camp in San Diego, CA. I came into the Navy thinking I wanted to be an electronics technician on a nuclear powered submarine..

In ET "A" School I discovered I really wasn't interested in electronics and my grades showed it. So I spent the next six years as an electronics technician stationed on a satellite communications station in Hawaii. Six months into that tour Yvonne and I got married and she became a Navy wife.

After my tour of duty I got out, went to Bible College and Seminary, and put my paperwork in to become a chaplain. I was commissioned as an Ensign and served for seven years in the reserves, and then on active duty again. The Navy sent me back to Hawaii. "Aw shucks..."

We've been in Virginia Beach for a little over sixteen years now, ministering to servicemen and women and their families, in our home.

Anyway, that's a little bit of our story. Check out our web site and blog if you want to know more...
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Playing Speak Out!

Posted on December 3, 2017 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Madison got the game Speak Out for us and then went on deployment. So when she got back we finally got together and played the game. What laughter and fun it was! Trying to talk and say the phrases on the cards with the mouthpieces in our mouths was a…

The Night of the Buckeyes and the Cubs!

Posted on October 18, 2016 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Military Ministry at John and Yvonne' here to read our latest blog update.…


White Chicken Chili, Chocolate Chip Pie, and Nick Vujicic!

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Military Ministry at John and Yvonne's CLICK HERE to see this weeks update…


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At 10:07am on February 16, 2018, Phoenixmom said…

Thank You for the message, that is very nice of you, I will le it be known.

At 8:36am on December 30, 2017, LindaGirl said…

I don’t know what to say or do to help my 23 year old son who has been in the Navy since May.  Knowing your husband was a Chaplin in the Navy, I thought maybe he or both of you might have some words of wisdom.  To make a long story son came home for the second half of stand-down, of Christmas vacation, day before yesterday.  Minutes after he walked in the door, I knew something was wrong, as he broke down in tears.  Earlier that morning around 4 am, my son was making his rounds, as it was his 24 hour duty rotation turn.   He came upon one of his fellow submates, new to the sub, only 2 weeks on, with his wrists slashed.  My son, being first on the scene, followed protocol, stopped the bleeding & did all that was required, calling the necessary personal to get the sailor to the hospital on time.  Sometime early this morning, my son’s CO called my son to tell him, the young man did not make it.  My son has barely been in the Navy 7 months, to witness this, plus his sub is in dry dock & he is now so discouraged, that he can’t even be on a “working” sub after all the schooling & preperation he has gone through, I don’t know what to tell him or how to approach him.  When he first came home, I was able to comfort him a little by saying, “you were lucky to get there when you did, you probably saved this young man’s life” , but now even that is out the window.  What do I say or tell him?  If my son wants me to, I will call our Pastor to come & talk with him, but until then, I am at a lose.

At 4:11pm on December 17, 2017, Chipmunk said…

Thank you for your friend request.

At 7:28am on August 17, 2017, JayDee659 said…

John and Yvonne, I remember a couple years ago when my daughter started her journey I hoped that she would be stationed near you.  God was listening and she and her husband are in Norfolk.  She left to meet her ship on deployment almost as soon as she got there so shes not had time to find a church or even spend more than a night in her new home.  Would you still have room for her to join your group and if so, how would she go about contacting you?

At 10:56am on June 12, 2017, bellagirl said…

Hi, I think what you do for sailors over there is amazing. I also read that you recently had surgery. I hope all is well. Are you still able to entertain sailors on the weekends? My daughter is there and struggles on the weekends as she is free and has moved to different barracks and locations, so making friends has been hard. She goes out to eat alone often, facetiming us while she is there. While she puts on a brave face, I know she is a little sad inside. 

At 1:54pm on December 24, 2016, Valtameri said…

I noticed this comment on chat and wanted to be sure that you saw it ...

Pitbullboys wrote:

I don't know how to reply to a conversation, but I just wanted to say thank you to John and Yvonne for opening their home to our sailors. You two are truly a blessing. Thank you again and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

At 10:58pm on July 19, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Here are 2 sites for parents with Marines: and  Perhaps one of them will help you. I don't know which is best and they are just in the order I located them awhile back. I have no personal knowledge of either of them. I think that they are actually the same group now, just two different ways to get to the same thing.

The closest thing that I have found for Army is on on the Discussion Board for parents, Here is the one for spouses,, if you need that.

Here are 2 on fB that you can check out,

At 1:19am on January 5, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Check out Portsmouth, Va Moms (clickable link) and let her know if you can help. I remembered that you have helped Sailors for some time. My son was with the TR awhile back, so I saw your posts in that group back then.

At 12:50pm on October 5, 2015, my3sons73 said…

 thanks for accepting my friend request:)  im pretty sure we havent communicated before. I have 3 boys only the oldest is in the Navy. the other 2 are in HS. i sent u a PM. im not the best at navigating this site still.

At 8:09pm on September 27, 2015, calimom said…

Thank You again for your generous offer.  It's very hard being so far away. We are waiting to see if he will be able to come home for a short leave before going on to Norfolk but I will definitely be in touch.  


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