Responses to Strength for Service to God and Country
“I truly appreciate the blessing that you are distributing amongst soldiers. The impact of something as seemingly small as a book, can make a life-changing impact. Thank you.”
Tanner Mitchel, chaplain’s assistant
877th Engineer Batallion
“Thank you so very much for sending the Field Artillery Regiment (4th BCT, 10th MTN ID) a box of Strength for Service. As an active duty Army chaplain and United Methodist clergy (SWTX Annual Conf.), I really appreciate the high quality of the devotions and my soldiers really get a morale boost when they find out that the book is free to them.”
Captain Stephen Echols
5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment
4th BCT, 10th Mountain Infantry Division (LI)
Fort Drum, N.Y.
“Some time ago you sent me some copies of Strength for Service for use with veterans her at the VA Hospital in San Diego. Many books were given to WWII, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Veterans receiving end-of-life care in our Palliative Care Unit. I had the privilege of seeing several veterans experience significant spiritual healing at this crucial time in their lives and the Lord has used this devotional in a special way. If you could send some more copies I would love to make them available to more veterans. God bless you for what you are doing to serve those who have served us!”
VA Medical Center
San Diego, California
“One of our company commanders brought this book to my attention. I looked it over and found it to be very insightful, meaningful and personal. The company commander would like to give one of these book to every paratrooper in his charge. I would like some to give out to my paratroopers who are thirsty in this dry land. If you can accommodate 200 books, that would be a blessing
“I love my job, if you call it a job. Our God is awesome and everyday He amazes me with all of who He is.
“Grace from above,”
Captain Joel Britton, chaplain
501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, based in Richardson, Alaska
Deployed to Afghanistan
“I can testify being deployed away from family and friends will cause people like us to be discouraged and lonely.
“I know the times I encountered issues like those, I lean on God more than ever. When I read this book, along with my Bible in the morning before duty, it helps me to go through my day whatever circumstances come my way. The fifth Psalm, third verse, mentions, ‘My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.’
“I want to thank you for reviving the Strength for Service book, and I pray that it will continue to bless other Armed Forces personnel and give them the encouragement to go through life –– as it has done for me.”
Maintenance Support Specialist
Robins Air Base
Warner Robins, Ga.
“A good family friend gave me a copy of Strength for Service prior to my year-long deployment to Afghanistan. This year has been very rough and we’ve lost a lot of soldiers, including soldiers we never knew but fought so hard to save; most times we won that fight but sometimes we lost. I read the daily devotionals every night before bed to help me reflect on my day, become a better Christian and build my faith. On one of our toughest days here I returned to my room and said to God before opening the book, ‘This better be a good one… I need you’ and the devotional spoke about ‘Glorifying God in Suffering’. It was one of the most moving readings and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating this book. It has helped me through a very tough time in my life and has become one of my most treasured possessions.”
“The daily devotional, Strength for Service, was a life saver for me during my deployment in Afghanistan 2011-2012. They brought me closer to God and my fiancée back home, as we shared each daily devotional together.”
SPC Michael Levine
Second Brigade Combat Team
“Thank you so much for your support via the God and Country daily devotional books. I love them and have been handing them out like candy to our sailors onboard the ship. Not only is there some very good content in the booklets there is that all important connection to the past heroes that is so important to our military mindset.”
Lieutenant Buster Williams, command chaplain
USS Gettysburg, a guided missile cruiser
Mayport Naval Station
“I noticed a copy of Strength for Service in my priest’s office and I believe it will be a great read for our military folks here. I currently work at the chapel onboard the Naval Base Ventura County, CA and our ministry reaches out to all pay grades, ranks and different types of commands. We have students, wing, Seabees and many more! Please send us the requested amount for the support of NBVC. Thank you!”
RP2 Walter Brobst
Naval Base Ventura County
Port Hueneme, Calif
I made a request last week for 100 of the Navy covers and received 25 today. Those books were distributed within an hour and so I am therefore requesting an additional 125 (50 Navy Cover and 75 Khaki Cover) for our troops mobilizing as well as those in support of them here in NOLA and HQ. Thank you in advance for your support of our Marines & Sailors of 4TH Marine Division.
RPC Frank Sherard
Fourth Marine Division
New Orleans, La.
“We understand that for every $200 that is collected, your agency will send us an additional 20 devotional books to be distributed in our community. However, the Men’s Breakfast group wants you to know that while this gesture is appreciated, they prefer that these extra books also be sent to the soldiers. We have enclosed a check ($869) for this project. May God continue to bless your work.”
The Rev. Sharon Albert, pastor
Lucas (Kans.) United Methodist Church
Gary Bretz, coordinator
Men’s Breakfast Group
“Thank you for your constant support. We really utilized these devotionals in such a life-enriching way in my last unit while we served over in Iraq. I look forward to reaching a new set of soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Division with the Strength for Service books as we prepare for a difficult deployment returning to the Argandab Valley of Afghanistan where we lost so many soldiers just last year.”
Chaplain Jody Harlow
82nd Airborne Division
“I want to thank the many people behind Strength for Service to God and Country.
I am truly blessed by this devotional. I enjoyed a copy that was my grandfather’s during World War II and I was excited when I go an updated copy during my recent deployment to Afghanistan. I enjoy it and try to make a point to use it daily.”
Adonai is Semper Fi.
Major Dean Driskill
“Strength for Service books have gone like wildfire. These are a blessing beyond blessing. One man told me he picked one up in our chapel, one that I put out, and began to read it. He was going to look up how he could order more for his friends and family. These books are bringing great comfort and encouragement to who knows how many troops.”
Wing Chaplain Walter (Bubba) L. Smith
United States Air Force Reserve
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the 40 Strength for Service to God and Country Daily Devotionals. They came today. They will be of great value to strengthen the faith of the women and men in service at the Air National Guard Readiness Center. The Pastoral Care Chaplains will be able to distribute them.
“I am proud not only to serve God as a chaplain in the Air National Guard, but proud of the United Methodist Denomination, my own denomination, and our outreach and care through the General Commission on United Methodist Men and the Scouting ministry.”
Major Jackie Ann Rose Kraft, chaplain
Joint Base Andrews, Md.
“Thank you for these wonderful little books.”
Chaplain Erik Myhrberg
“Thank you for making these available to our service men and women. I will try to get these into their hands so the Word can get into their hearts.”
Captain Timothy T Sessions, chaplain
“Thanks for the wonderful service!”
Sergeant Joseph Henry, chaplain’s office
Fort Snelling, Minn.
“I first encountered your resource while deployed in 2009. My soldiers loved it. I’m in a new location, and I am already receiving requests for it.
“It’s the best devotional I’ve come across.”
Captain Paul Tolbert, SDDC chaplain
Scott Air Force Base
“I use this book for my personal devotions and I would like to share them in my National Guard BN.
“While I would like them beforehand, I can have them shipped to the site of my deployment if the date is too close.”
First Lieutenant Jeremy Pederson
“I am in the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade. I have a battalion that will deploy in August. I would like to have enough books to offer every soldier deploying.”
Major Jay Pagett, chaplain
Boone National Guard Center
“Thank you for providing a great resource. They are a great asset to our soldiers.”
First Lieutenant Curtis Ketsenburg
“We support 21 ships on Mayport Naval Station and sailors going to Iraq and Afghanistan. This book is definitely a great addition to our spiritual/morale package. God bless you.”
RP2 Thomas Keble
Mayport Naval Station
“I am serving with the Special Troops Battalion. We are due to deploy to Afghanistan. I appreciate any support your ministry can offer.”
Captain Rod Gilliam, chaplain
Fourth Infantry Division
Colorado Springs, Colo.
“Two years ago, I asked my Sunday school class (old men – I’m 90 years old) for a check to go with mine. I was hoping for $25. Two men spoke up and said, “I was given one when I went into the service in World War II, and I still have it.” Another man spoke up and said, “I move we sent $50. Motion passed.
“As a WWII veteran of the US. merchant marines, (I know) merchant seaman need Strength for Service more than anyone else. I know — I was there. We don’t need to forget our merchant seaman. It seems Washington has.”
The Rev. Henry K. Erwin
Mike Bremer of Middleville, Mich., says his congregation gives Strength for Service to God and Country to members of his congregation who are entering the military. He received the following response on a postcard:
So good to hear from you, man. Thank you very much for the Strength for Service daily message book and New Testament. I read 1 message a day, sometimes to others if they wish to hear. In times like these, it really helps to be able to relate to the life lessons of Jesus. Sometimes it can be the only thing keeping me from tearing all my hair out. During stressful days, I like to read 27 May, “Spiritual Peace.” I would like to share my thoughts (discuss) sometime. In late April I’ll be home on leave, so maybe then! Thanks again!”
“Thank you. I recently requested some books for our upcoming deployment. I just want to say, thank you for sending them so promptly.”
Chaplain David Tish
“I am a recently deployed chaplain’s assistant, and I’ve heard great things about your book. I’m hoping to get copies to hand out to our military members at our FOB.”
Staff Sergeant Brian Hanna
“My soldiers love these books. Thanks so much.”
“We have a 2,500 force deploying from Minnesota later this fall. We have used the devotions in the past and really enjoyed them. If 500 is too much, we’ll take whatever you can give us.”
Sergeant Jonathan Groeneweg
“I am battalion chaplain for a USMC unit that is heading to Afghanistan soon. I would appreciate copies to give to my marines. They will be spread out to several small outposts.”
Chaplain Chris Martin
“My soldiers have expressed a deep desire for these devotionals. I’m sure that our prayers for the salvation and sanctification will be answered if they receive the tools they need to hear God’s word and develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Chaplain Steven Sudduth
“We have received the books in the past and they have been very comforting and helpful to members of the 10th Air Force. We have only a few remaining, and with the stress our members have received this year, having more on hand would be very helpful.”
Chaplain Chiquita Wilson
Carswell Air Force Base
Fort Worth, Texas
“I request Strength for Service books so we can hand them out to our recruits going through training as well as their drill instructors.”
RP2 Sarah Reza
MCRD Parris Island
“These were great for soldiers in my last unit. I think my new unit will like these too. Thank you very much.”
PFC Michael Kuntz, chaplain’s assistant
“I received a shipment of these in my last unit and took them with us when we deployed to Iraq. Since coming back I’ve been assigned to a new duty station and would love to have some more to distribute to my new soldiers. Thanks for making these available.”
Captain Ken May, chaplain
“We are being deployed to Iraq. I shared these devotionals with many soldiers and veterans and now I need more.”
Chaplain Kevin White
“Two men came to Christ in basic training as I ‘reluctantly’ gave away my copy to one of them. They both approached me sometime later expressing great joy that I had shared my testimony while giving away my book.
“Years later, after I was married, my father in-law had owned a copy printed during WWII. I was a marine machinery technician now, and full time Army Reservist.
In 1999 the Lord called me in a vision as a Pastor.
In 2003-2004 I served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
On 4 Feb. 2005, I was independently ordained, and had held the office of a Presbyterian Deacon.
On 6 Feb. 2005 I suffered a massive heart attack in water survival training; having Jesus pressing up against me shoulder to shoulder in shadow and out of body experience. It was my 20 years of military service on that day.
Today I am a licensed volunteer chaplain, attempting to share Christ harder than ever with our troops. I have come full circle now, and more than ever, need your booklet Strength for service to God and Country, it is spiritual food for the soul and has always played an important role with our service members since the second world war.
Today it is harder than ever to find spiritual comfort within our military, as books like these are no longer allowed to be passed out to our forces by our Government. Yet you can make a difference like I did, by giving these books to our troops individually.
Chaplain Roland Dell
Kent Island, Md.
“I was wounded in Iraq, and I was medically discharged I still have my military benefits that’s how badly I was injured, but I was wondering if you could send me a copy of your book and perhaps personalize it. It would me a great deal to me; religion seems to be the one steady thing in my life that keeps me motivated. Thank you kindly.”
SPC Danielle Mekailek
Santa Rosa, Calif. (deployed to Iraq Sept 2006 – Oct. 2007)
“I recently requested some books for our upcoming deployment and I received them several days ago. I just want to say, ‘Thank you for sending them so promptly.’ I hope to send you stories of soldiers lives touched because they grew closer to God because of this book. Keep up the great work and support of our troops. We will be deploying this fall, 2010.”
LTC Dave Tish, chaplain
Idaho Army National Guard
“These were great for the soldiers in my last unit. I think that my new unit will like these too. Thank you very much.”
PFC Michael Kurtz, chaplain assistant
Fort Bragg, N.C.
“Our soldiers in basic training really enjoy these books. They help them get motivated.”
PFC Brandon Warren
Fort Knox, Ky.
“This is the largest deployment for the Vermont National Guard since World War II. Strength for Service devotionals have also been requested by wives and parents attending the Yellow Ribbon events for families.”
Chaplain James MacIntyre
Vermont National Guard
“I am a chaplain’s assistant for 40th ESB and I received a copy of this book from a chaplain of our sister company. I found it to be extremely uplifting. We are deploying soon and I and my chaplain would like to be as well prepared as we can possibly be. That I why we decided to place an order for this book because lifted spirits can prevent all kinds of complications that can occur under the stress of deployment. I’d like to say thank you for having the heart to do something like this for soldiers. You have no idea how appreciated you are.”
SPC Philip Smith
Ft. Huachuca, Ariz.
“All soldiers will be activated to duty on 15 August, 2010, I hope to put a book in the hand of each of my soldiers.”
Chaplain John Branning
Crystal Springs, Miss.
“I am the full time Joint Support Chaplain Assistant for the Kansas National Guard. I received one of these when I deployed and am now requesting some to provide to soldiers in my state who are deploying. Thank you for the support and encouragement you provide through these devotionals.”
Sergeant Mike McClellan
“I am a new chaplain assistant and I am glad to hear we can pass devotionals out to our soldiers. It is comforting to them when we show how much we support and care for them.”
Pamela Chappel, chaplain assistant
Fort Knox, Ky.
“Thank you for your dedication in supporting the chaplain mission to bring soldiers to God and God to soldiers.”
Lieutenant Demetrius Walton, chaplain
“Please send 200 books for the Navy and Army guards serving Guantanamo Bay. These are a big encouragement to them.”
Lieutenant Anthony Carr, chaplain
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Please send 400 books for sailors aboard the USS Makin Island LHD8
RP2 Jason Cooper, U.S. Navy
USS Makin Island LHD8
San Diego, Calif.
“Please provide 100 copies. Thank you very much. Our soldiers will be really blessed.”
Lieutenant Anthony Gasso, chaplain
Los Alamitos, Calif.
“Faith in God played a vital role in my deployment to Iraq in 2004, and this book would have played a large role in my deployment experience. It will be a tool that I hold on to and use at the point the president and the United States Army calls upon my service. Thanks for the resource and I pray that this is a tool that is continued to be provided to service members in the future.”
Sergeant Ryan Luchau
Montana Yellow Ribbon Program
“Please send 100 Strength for Service books. We will distribute them at Sather Air Force Base at the Baghdad International Airport.”
Chaplain Mike Grubbs
“Received the SFS’s today and wanted to thank you, some of this shipment will be carried by soldiers as they deploy to assist the people of Haiti.”
Captain Jacobs, John W. Jr., chaplain
597th Transportation Terminal Group
Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command
Ft. Eustis, Va.
“As you know, our military is being asked to do even more with less these next couple of years to support Afghanistan initiatives. Your beliefs on the war are irrelevant to deciding to support this ministry. If you believe in God’s great ‘Agape’ love that he showed through sacrificing his only Son Jesus, as the Apostle Paul said, ‘Even though we were retched sinners-Christ died for them’ then I ask that you pray how that unconditional love guides you in your support.
On Father’s Day of 1998 I said goodbye to my wife and two kids, 9/7 year olds to deploy to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. December of 2008, I deployed for six months as the command chaplain for a Joint Special Operations Task Force combating terrorism. It was the first time in my military career I had missed Christmas and all our birthday’s. I spent Christmas day at the entry control point hanging out (ministry of presence) with one of the Navy’s finest MSRON (Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron) troops as he showed me pictures of his 6 year old and 7 month old children. He had only spent ONE Christmas with his oldest son. I said nothing about this only being my first away from my family.
I shared a copy of Strength for Service with this military member and hundreds like him. I heard countless stories of how during times of high stress like holidays away from family have given them Strength to continue serving their country! Every holiday you and I celebrate, we must always remember 9/11 and pray for the men and women who sacrifice their freedom so that we can enjoy ours.
Chaplain Corps have very limited if any funding while deployed. Your generosity makes the Strength for Service critical to military chaplains throughout the world! Many times it is the only source in addition to Bibles to put into the hands of our faithful men and women of the Armed Services to help them keep going and keep the faith during times of stress, need and loneliness.
I’m humbled and honored to be able to serve God in ministry and represent you. Know that your support will enable renewal of the church and make disciples across the world-‘The World is Our Parish’.”
Mike Solano, chaplain
149 Fighter Wing
Texas Air National Guard
“You were a blessing to my ministry and soldiers when I was serving in the Ohio Army National Guard. God has seen fit that now I serve in the active duty Army and have recently moved to Fort Hood, site of the Nov. 5, 2009 tragedy.
“The 1,200-member battalion I am attached to may be the largest in the largest in the Army. And I am now doing double duty covering another battalion with another 1,000 soldiers that is without a chaplain. Both battalions appear to have been without a chaplain for a few months and there is absolutely no religious-support material for either one. Anything that you can donate would be greatly appreciated. My primary battalion is gearing up to deploy in September, 2010.”
First Lieutenant Bryan S. Kimble, chaplain
Fourth Brigade Combat Team
Fort Hood, Texas
“I am currently serving at West Point, United States Military Academy. For my last two assignments, I have given the Strength for Service devotional as a graduation gift for the soldiers who graduated basic training, Fort Jackson and for cadets who graduated the Academy at West Point. They highly value such a historic and yet spiritual document. Please share with the caring members of the United Methodist Church that these devotionals are placed in the hands of the future leaders of the United States Army and thank them for their contributions.”
Major Rick Cantrell, chaplain
United States Military Academy
West Point, N.Y.
“Thank you for the books you shared with us. As many churches realize there is not a lot of direct feedback from outreach ministries. Sometimes it is in the planting of the seed and allowing God to send someone to water and nourish. I can tell you that I have seen patients reading your materials. I have had patients thank me for providing these great resources. I have also had one of our staff come in and ask for one to send to her deployed son. ‘Chaplain, this blessed me so much that I just have to send it to my son.’
Again, thank you for your support in shared ministry.”
James E. Rayburn
Chief of Chaplain Services
VA Medical Center
“Please send Strength for Service books. I will be serving about 500 soldiers while deployed to Kuwait.”
First Lieutenant W. Lee Frye Jr., chaplain
“This service is greatly appreciated. Our subordinate unit ministry teams have cleaned me out. As the senior ministry team, we try to keep our other ministry teams supplied with these devotionals.”
SFC Keith Byers
“Thank you for the books. They help our troops a lot. God bless.”
First Lieutenant Anthony Gasso, chaplain
Joint Forces Training Center
Los Alamitos, Calif.
“I am chaplain of a Combat Engineer Battalion. We will be deploying in December and I would like to provide your resource to each of the deploying soldiers in my battalion.”
Chaplain Jeffrey Mitchell
“Please send 400 additional books. Your books are very popular here.”
SPC John L. Land
Fort Leonard Wood
“I am a chaplain assigned at West Point, N.Y. I have received Strength for Service devotions before when I was serving at Fort Jackson, S.C.”
Chaplain Rick Cantrell
Fort Montgomery, NY
“Our basic training soldiers loved the first batch you sent, and when I was in Afghanistan these devotionals sustained us. Thank you very much.”
Chaplain Jerry Johnson
Fort Jackson, S.C.
“Please send 1,000 copies of Strength for Service to God and Country. The reason for requesting the large quantity is that our mission here at Fort Dix is mobilizing and demobilizing soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines and coast guard personnel. We truly appreciate your donation. Strength for Service is a great book that all have loved.”
Sergeant Denise Powers
“I am Chaplain Abraham Sarmiento’s assistant. We would like 250 books prior to our November deployment to Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan.”
Hunter Army Air Field
“We are with the USS New York. It is a ship built out of metal from the World Trade Center. We are a pre-commissioned ship and are starting our chaplain’s department from the ground up. Any help for our crew would be great.”
Chaplain Edmond Garrett
USS New York
“I am a Navy chaplain providing coverage for the USS Porter. We are just beginning a long deployment and I need 300 copies of Strength for Service. I am very thankful and excited to receive the copies for my sailors.”
USN Lieutenant Scott Sroka, chaplain
USS Porter Guided Missile Destroyer
“We distributed nearly 200 of these last month. They are very popular and we could definitely distribute more.”
SPC Stephen Pearson
Tripler Army Medical Center
“We have one battalion-size element deploying about 300 and one battalion of 700 returning. We have some books, but would love to have more.”
SPC Rory Townley
Carson City, Nevada
“I took some of these books to Iraq with me the last time I deployed and I would love to be able to take some again as well as give them out before we leave. Thanks so much for all you do.”
Captain Matt Hamrick, chaplain
Fort Carson, Colo.
“Please send us 100 books. Be have had Strength for Service books before, and they are very popular with our troops.”
Chaplain James Bastian
Niagara Falls, NY
“I work at the NAS Whiting Field chapel and we have been using your Strength for Service devotionals to help inspire new aviators. We are currently running low on tan copies, and I would like to request 200 additional copies.”
LTJG Craig Tieman
Whiting Field Chapel
“I work with Marine recruits during their second phase training at Camp Pendleton. I also serve a battalion of 450 Marines. These are great portable books that these guys can really get a lot of use out of. I appreciate the support.”
Lieutenant Matthew Weems, chaplain
Camp Pendleton, Calif.
“I am a chaplain assistant we would like to give these out to deploying troops.”
182 Airlift Wing
“Thank you for taking the time to think of our soldiers. It means a lot to them while they are away from his or her family. Your dedication and loving spirit is greatly appreciated.”
First Lieutenant Andy Stockner
Virginia Army National Guard.
Forward Operating Base
“I want to let you know how appreciative we are. Studies show there is a direct correlation in recovery for traumatic events to how well a soldier ‘feels cared for.’ Here we get to see some of the worst things that are found in humanity and, contrastingly enough, the very best that can be found in humanity. An example would be a local Afghan man is brought in with a gunshot wound to his leg, severing the femoral artery and, wouldn’t you know, his blood is type A/B. The American Red Cross isn’t here, so the call goes out for donors and the American soldiers stand up and step forward.”
Captain John Jacobs, chaplain
Forward Operating Base
“I have asked many of our soldiers if they would like copies of this book. I have had such an overwhelming response that I would like to order enough for all deploying. I am the deployment cycle support manager and run the deployment prep workshops. Thanks for all that you do. This book will be a blessing to many.”
First Lieutenant Barbara Conner
Fort Harrison, Montana
“I’m a UMC Army chaplain serving on active duty. I’ve deployed thee times to Iraq in the past five years and I typically receive one main request from my soldiers: ‘Hey Chaplain, do you have a year-long devotional?’ I would appreciate you being able to send me 50 copies of Strength for Service to God and Country. I know the guys would really appreciate them, and I know they would use them.”
Captain Clint Black, chaplain
Third Battalion 10th Special Forces Airborne
Fort Carson, Colo.
“I have depleted my supply of Strength for Service books during our unit’s recent deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. I would deeply appreciate a new supply of 100 books if possible.”
Lieutenant Daniel Curtis, chaplain
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion
United States Navy
“I go onto the SFS website, copy/paste the devotions daily and email them to our FRG leaders back in the U.S. and Germany and I also email the devotions to our Battalion, which is spread across Afghanistan.
“I have throughout the time received feedback of how these devotions were a great help for a wife back home or a soldier/leader needing a word of encouragement. I know from personal experience they are right on target, yesterday we were rocketed again and the devotion for May 27th hits the nail right on the head! Please send 150 more books.
“God Bless you all at SFS and May God continue to pour out His mercy and grace on America.”
Captain John W. Jacobs Jr.
“I will be deploying as the chaplain of the Infantry 48th Base Support Battalion. We will be spending a year in Afghanistan. We have around 350 soldiers in the battalion and around 4,000 in the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Georgia Army National Guard. I appreciate you donation and covet your prayers.”
Lieutenant Leslie Nelson, chaplain
Georgia Army National Guard
“Greetings from Japan. I am the command chaplain on board the USS Blue Ridge. I was pointed in your direction by a Chaplain Paul Hyder. He has highly endorsed your devotional. We have about 1,100 sailors on board Blue Ridge. I request 200 books. Thank you for all that you are doing for the men and women in uniform. Your ministry is certainly a blessing to those that serve.”
Lieutenant Steven Benefield, command chaplain
USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19)
“I use Strength for Service to God and Country for my daily devotions and have found it truly a great blessing.”
Lieutenant John Jacobs, chaplain
U.S. Army 276 Engineer Battalion
“These devotionals are most helpful for our Marines both pre-and –posd eveployment. Thank you.”
Chaplain Shelly Scheibeler
U.S. Marine Corps
Kansas City, Mo.
“Strength for Service is used for those about to deploy. Many thanks for all that you do in spiritual support for those who wear the uniform.”
Major Leslie Janovec
Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
“I support two chaplains and 24 submarine crews. We used to receive Strength for Service in the past and we would like to receive more.”
RPC Timothy S. Brewster
Naval Submarine Support Cent
“I serve in Kuwait at the gateway to the Middle East where we provide counseling and help to over 4,000 airmen daily. We are asking for any type of literature and devotionals.”
SrA Martin Gomez, chaplain assistant
“I have used Strength for Service as a resource over the years for troops and families and give thanks to the Lord for what I think is one of the best resources available during the time of war. My first copy was given to me on loan from a member of my congregation who had served in World War II.”
LTC Gene Hanke, chaplain
“I am the chief investigation s operation officer responsible for training new arrivals at the law Enforcement Professional Program in Iraq. Over the past four months I have been passing out Strength for Service as part of our training package. I have personally used it as my daily devotional since December, 2007, and I’ve been most inspired by its content.”
Law Enforcement Professional Program
“I wanted to know if I could order a few cases of the Strength for Service devotionals for my Basic Training soldiers here at Fort Jackson. They were a very popular item in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division.”
Captain Jerry Johnson, chaplain
2-39 Infantry Battalion
Fort Jackson, S.C.
“The solders here are all wounded and always have a need for a daily word to pick them up. I thank you for he ministry that you do through this.”
Sergeant Mark Wright, chaplain assistant
Warrior Transition Battalion
Fort Benning, Ga.
“I just received the shipment of Strength for Service. THANK YOU! I have been sitting here flipping through the devotional and it looks like a great tool. I appreciate the generosity of the SFS organization.”
Lieutenant Travis Long, chaplain
1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment
Camp Lejeune, N.C.
“I just wanted to let you know that the devotionals you sent us here in Kandahar, Afghanistan arrived on Saturday afternoon. We immediately distributed them in the new worship service we started yesterday, and we have also placed them on our religious supply tables in the new chapel (which is basically the dining facility tent). Please extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those you work and serve alongside with for their thoughts, prayers and faithful acts of service.”
Captain Lyde Andrews, U.S. Army chaplain
“I am the chief investigations operation officer for the law enforcement professional program in Iraq. Our job is to identify the networks killing our soldiers. Over the past four months I have been passing out Strength for Service as part of our training package. I have personally used the book for my daily devotions since December, 2007, and have been inspired by its content.”
“I would like to request 2,500 copies of the book Strength for Service to God and Country. Colonel John Owens, chaplain of the Georgia Army National Guard, is going to give them to his chaplains so they can give them to soldiers before deployment over the next several months.”
Sergeant Beverly Jackson
Georgia Army National Guard
“I greatly appreciate these wonderful books. My soldiers cannot get enough of them – every deployment briefing that I give, I get an overwhelming request from soldiers for these.”
Captain Daniel Knaup
“Thank you so much for making these available. Some of the soldiers we will be taking had a pretty rough deployment last time around, and these will really help.”
Captain Thomas Tedmon, chaplain
South Dakota National Guard
Fort Hood, Texas (mobilization post)
“I use the Strength for Service devotional book every day. Sometimes I get behind, but I catch up. I had been looking for a copy of the book for almost six months, and I finally found two copies while I was passing through Ali A Saleem on the way back to Iraq from leave. I sent one to my mother-in-law, and kept one for myself. She had been looking for a devotional that she and I could both use from opposite sides of the globe. Since then, my wife has expressed interest in taking up daily devotions as well.”
CW2 Billy Myers
“This is a good tool to foster and encourage soldiers to maintain their relationship with God.”
Chaplain Frederick B. Denning
“It’s becoming harder to find good military focused devotional material to give to our deploying troops. I am very thankful to find this resource and provide copies to any and all I can.”
Captain J. Brian Anders, chaplain
Elmendorf Air Force Base
“The students of Submarine School and my command are enjoying this book. Even the base CO and XO have given great reviews about this item. Therefore, they want more if possible.”
Naval Submarine School
“Though it is not merely a United Methodist project, I need to tell you about the Big Gift. The national office of the United Methodist Men has provided thousands of copies of Strength for Service to God and Country, a devotional book made specifically for the ‘pluralistic’ military environment. More than a million of the original version was used in WWII, and one of the sailors from that period, gave his battered and worn copy to his grandson before he died. The grandson, a 15 year old Boy Scout at the time, decided to edit the original and add some more to it to reflect the much more pluralistic military environment of today for his Eagle Scout project. And now we are handing them out by the thousands because of the generosity of the United Methodist Men, and your generosity that is making this whole project possible.
“Do you know of any 15 year olds who think they can’t do anything worthwhile? Do you know of any small country churches who feel like they are no longer relevant? Tell them about your small part in a big thing that God is doing.”
Major James Lewis, chaplain
Ohio Army National Guard
371st Sustainment Brigade
Al Asad, Iraq
“I received a copy of Strength for Service from a chaplain while deployed to Haiti. This is one of the best books I have ever received. I continue to read it today. I have carried it on several deployments. Thank you for this outstanding book.”
Lt. Col. Tim Brandon
US Air Force
“Established in 1801, the Marine Corp Barracks in Washington, D.C. supports ceremonial and security missions in the nation’s capital, including burials at Arlington Cemetery. Marines from the barracks participated in the defense of Washington in the War of 1812 and the barracks currently serve as the home of the US Marine Corp Band.. “Strength for Service books give great strength to Marines at the oldest post in the Corp.”
Chaplain John R. Logan
Eighth and I
“Thank you so much for this material. I have used it on two deployments and the devotionals have been a blessing.”
Chaplain Cornelia White
Fort Leonard Wood
“As a United Methodist clergyman, I’m so very proud of the United Methodist Church’s commitment to John Wesley’s vision ‘the world is our parish’ as they provide this awesome resource especially to National Guard chaplains who have no funding. I have received rave reviews from airmen that have read this devotion. One airmen told me she was dealing with a friend dying of cancer; she didn’t know what to say to her and then read Strength for Service. ‘It was if God was speaking to me through the reading and I then knew what words would be of comfort to her.’ Praise God!”
Chaplain Mike Solano
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
“I would like to express my gratitude for the 700 Strength for Service to God and Country books. These have been a tremendous source of inspiration to our service members in particular. I have also distributed these books to all other camps throughout Kuwait and also to our civilians working on base. Our service members express their gratitude for these devotionals.”
Major Kristi P. Papas, chaplain
U.S. Army Support Group
“Everyone loved Strength for Service. Since we have more men and women deployed family members are also reading the book.”
U.S. Army Chaplain John Davis
East Orange, New Jersey
“The Strength for Service devotionals went like hotcakes.”
Chaplain Bill Berry
Camp Joseph T. Robinson
Arkansas Army National Guard
Little Rock, Ark.
“On behalf of the paratroopers of the Third Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, thank you for your part in sending a donation of 100 copies of Strength for Service. As the last true airborne division in the world’s most feared Army, the temptation is to think that we can successful defend America’s freedoms by human power. However, Proverbs 21:30-31 reminds us, “there is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” As the Panthers of the Third Brigade Combat Team prepare for our imminent deployment into harm’s way, the Strength for Service books will help our paratroopers to maintain a high level of spiritual fitness as we look to the Lord for spiritual strengthened prayers. Please pray for us as we seek to honor the Lord Jesus by bring order to a chaotic situation. Again, thank you for your generosity.”
Major Paul Jaedicke, chaplain
Parachute Infantry “Regiment
Fort Bragg, N.C.
“The boys in my Boy Scout troop would like to give out the Strength for Service devotional to the workers for a local power company. The employees of Mississippi Power Co. worked through the worst storm ever seen by man. They showed the strong will and determination that gave relief to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This may seem to some as if they were just doing their job, but consider many of these same people lost their homes too.”
“We have had many military personnel ask about this devotional. It would be greatly appreciated if you could accommodate us here at the Pentagon Chaplain’s Office.”
William B. Broome
“I would like to have 1,000 Strength for Service books to get into the hands of troops that are serving in Kuwait. We have a new rotation that will start in October. Many of these troops will be moving into Iraq or Afghanistan.”
Major Kristi Pappas, chaplain
HHC Area Support Group
“On our last deployment to Kosovo in 2004, this devotional book was instrumental in helping keep our unit spiritually grounded.”
Sergeant Randy Wilson
“The chaplains’ office sponsored two retreats this summer for active duty service members who are on the staff at Lanstuhl (Germany) Regional Medical Center. the staff cares for seriously wounded American service members flown in from Iraq and Afghanistan. In June, Navy Chaplain Steve Stavoy led a retreat on understanding the mind and consciousness of Jesus. In July, I led another retreat on spiritual growth. Each retreat was attended by 40 participants. The Strength for Service devotional books you donated to us were made available and received with appreciation by retreat participants. The remaining books are on hand for us to give to patients, family members and other staff. Thank you very much for your generous contribution to the spirituality and resiliency of the military staff here.”
Commander Lyn Juckniess, chaplain
US Navy Clinical Pastoral Division
“On behalf of LTC Chadbourne, the 703D Brigade Support Battalion (BSB) Commander, I want to thank you for your prayers for and support of our American troops. I had written Larry Coppock earlier in our deployment for some Strength for Service devotionals which I distributed around the battalion. I am sure God’s Word and the meditations have been a source of great encouragement and strength for our soldiers. Our soldiers are on the dangerous and uncertain roads of Iraq almost every day hauling and retrieving resources and supplies from base to base. The Commander allows the chaplain to have a prayer before each departing CLP. I have also given several of the devotionals to our Ugandan team which provides base defense security at the gates and dining facility. They were so filled with joy. Again, thank you for your prayers and support. We could not do what we do over here without knowing we have the support of our home team. Lord’s continued blessings upon the ministry of the General Commission on United Methodist Men. You are truly appreciated.”
Captain Shannon Philio, chaplain
Forward Operating Base Kalsu
“I personally have given out hundreds