Military spouses treated to "pamper night"

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 11:01pm

Husbands are deployed in recent missions

A local church treated Military spouses from the borderland to a night of relaxation, away from the worry about their husbands deployed overseas.

Healing Place Church in Santa Teresa was transformed into what looked like a day spa.

"I'm very excited for my massage, I've been looking forward to that!" said Shawntelle Strickland, a mother of two whose husband is currently deployed.

She was among 25 women treated to a "Pamper Night", to give them reprieve from being a mother, father, and household runner.

For Shawntelle, it seems there's always something to worry about.

"If he's okay, if my kids are okay. It seems like... stuff breaks and of course things are going to break when your husband's gone and your trying to fix it," she said.

Lately, they've all had a lot to worry about.

Sequester cuts are threatening jobs at posts across the country, and Fort Bliss has been integral in several recent missions.

That includes the deployment to Guam, where tensions in nearby North Korea are growing.

Even humanitarian missions to Jordan may be putting their soldiers in harm's way, with threats of chemical weapons in nearby Syria.

But, just for the night, they could forget about it all, at least for a moment.

That was the goal for Esther Zengerle, the pastor's wife at Healing Place and her staff.

"I just want them to go home, feeling like their queens for the night," she said.

And in that, they succeeded.

"It's really awesome that they honor us and show us that somebody's here for us, and somebody cares."

All the services, which included everything from massages and facials to pedicures and door prizes, were all donated to take care of these women.

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