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Soldiers Bible Ministry – Armed with the Word

October 20, 2010 by  
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“And we know that all things work together
for good to those who love God, to those who
are the called according to His purpose.”
(Romans 8:28)

In early May, Soldiers Bible Ministry (SBM) received a request from a proud aunt of a young marine who was preparing to be deployed to Afghanistan on May 17th. Inspired by her nephew’s love of God and his country, Aunt Jewel told me she just wanted to put Bibles in the hands of Marines in honor of her nephew. The only information that she had was his Battalion and that he was being deployed from Hawaii. She wrote, “Is there a way to just send them (Bibles) to the Marines in Afghanistan and I can trust God to get them to where there need to be?” I advised her that we needed a shipping address since we just couldn’t send Bibles without a location. I could feel her passion and sense of urgency as the deployment date was quickly approaching. This request felt different; I started to feel the Lord nudge me to see it to completion.

A colleague at SBM informed me there was only one Marine Base in Hawaii. So, I called the base Chaplain who gave me the email address of the Chaplain attached to this young man’s Battalion. We were able to make contact within hours before the base halted email communications (God’s perfect timing) and he was able to give me the shipping address.

Aunt Jewel shared her nephew’s life with me through an article written by Jesse Owen. As I read the life story of a young Marine “hog” sniper, I couldn’t help but think what an incredible young man he is and of the similarities that he shared with King David, one of the greatest warriors of the Bible. He is the oldest of five children raised by a Godly family. At five years of age, he felt God’s calling in his life to “give back.” Yet, throughout his young life, he seemed to always struggle in a battle.

The author wrote about following God’s calling in life even though there was opportunity to go a different direction. Although the 20-year old graduated lead guide out of 300 + group in boot camp, he endured physical and mental fatigue, lived in a field fighting bugs, trudging in waist-deep swamps, and staying cold for days at a time. Isaiah 40:31 is his life verse: “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” The article said his parents reminded him often that he is fighting for God, his highest authority.

Aunt Jewel’s nephew’s battalion was deployed on May 17. On June 1, 2010 we shipped out a package of Bibles trusting beyond natural reason that God was in control. On July 6, I received an email from the Chaplain letting me know he had received the Bibles. Mission completed!

That night as I sat in my comfy winged-back chair, I contemplated the chain of events in this single request, Romans 8:28 popped into my head: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” I could clearly see God at work. This young Godly man loves His Heavenly Father. His Aunt was honoring that love in her request. God was using SBM to grant her prayer, and lives will be saved by the Word of God.

“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16).

I am humbled and inspired by the sacrifice of our Warriors and their families in service to our country. I feel blessed to be used by the Lord in this ministry to answer prayers from families like this young man’s.
Remember to keep our brave Warriors in prayer.

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2 Responses to “Soldiers Bible Ministry – Armed with the Word”
  1. Aunt Jewel says:

    thankyou so much for your faithfullness!!! May the Lord bless you!!!

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