NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Evan Hunsberger was 13 when he found a worn copy of the inspirational book his grandfather and one million other servicemen carried during World War II.
Moved by the stories of comfort it brought his grandfather, Hunsberger decided to republish the pocket-sized devotional, Strength for Service to God and Country, as his Eagle Scout project. Today the book is bringing strength to a new generation of servicemen and women. It is available at www.StrengthforService.org or by calling 1-866-297-4312.
“We will never be finished with this project because there will always be a need for these books, whether they are for people serving overseas or at home,” said Hunsberger, now 21 and a senior at UCLA. “The book is meant for anyone who is in service of others.”
Early editions of the devotional were distributed to American troops during World War II and the Korean conflict before it went out of print. Hunsberger set out to update the text, securing inspirational messages from religious leaders of all backgrounds and raising funds to publish and distribute it to military bases in his home state of California.
What began as an ambitious Eagle Scout project soon grew even larger when the Pentagon requested the donation of 1 million copies following the September 11 attacks. To date, more than 250,000 books have been distributed to American soldiers stationed around the globe.Backed by the General Commission on United Methodist Men,Hunsberger has set a new goal of distributing 500,000 copies by the end of 2007.
“When I place a copy of Strength for Service to God and Country in the hands of wounded soldiers, they are elated beyond measure,” said Captain Vincent Dominique, chaplain at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. “The books continue to touch more souls every day.”
Proceeds from the sale of the books ($7.00) support the publication and distribution of additional copies to military personnel overseas and in the United States.
If you have Strength for Service to God and Country and have a story to share about it, please write to: Strength for Service/PO Box 340006/Nashville, TN 37203.