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November 13 – The General – Veterans Day
One of our church members sent the following letter: “We were stranded in Atlanta. I met a man in camouflage so I told him about my young son asking if he should join the army or work at Burger King. Well, that tickled the soldier, and we began to talk. I told him it was my son’s birthday. He produced a coin given to soldiers who deserve an award and gave it to my son.”
“My son was thrilled. Later, my husband said: “Did you notice his rank?” That’s when I found out he was a general. I was amazed that a man with so much on his plate could take the time to help a little boy he didn’t know. We took the medal to my son’s class for show and tell. They then wrote and drew pictures to send to our newfound friend. I never expected to hear back. We just wanted to thank him for making a little boy’s birthday special. The General received the package from the class and wrote a letter:”
“You are a champ, and I appreciate what you are doing. As for me or my men, we don’t need much. We are an Infantry unit, so we take what can be carried on our backs. The soldiers do love cookies, especially Oreos and any kind of chocolate chip. The best thing would be letters from the children of your church like the ones you sent before. The soldiers still talk about your son’s class and how nice it was to get handmade cards. The only other thing would be if your church sent something soldiers could carry to remember their faith, like a small cross, or what we used to call angel pins. We have an old saying ‘there are no atheists in foxholes’ meaning when someone is shooting at you, even non-believers start looking for help from above.”
“My soldiers are special to me, so any prayer for them is greatly appreciated. I try to answer all mail and email that comes to me. Sometimes it gets overwhelming, but it is important to me to answer a wife or Mother to help calm their nerves about their soldier. I have a lot of combat veterans, but I also have a lot of young men and women serving for the first time out of the US. I must put them in a place where people are shooting at them, so they are understandably anxious.”
“In addition to the cards, they also need small things to give to the children. The children here will break your heart. They live in horrible conditions amidst war every day, but they are bright and cheerful and need more help than we can give. Small toys, pencils, balloons, would be great gifts.”
We all have our opportunities to serve God in a variety of ways. But some of those ways involve possible hardship, sacrifice and danger. May we offer encouragement and support. If you are interested in supporting our troops overseas, the Department of Defense provides a list of organizations. A handwritten note is always appreciated. Most of all keep our troops in your prayers.
Prayer Challenge: How can you offer support to those serving overseas?