Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Well Done

Well I'm getting ready to go home for Christmas leave and wanted to leave this year with a picture and a tribute to some really good friends. In this photo are some instrumental folks in the ministry to soldiers at FT Jackson. The first is COL Karl Voigt our former BN Commander. He supported our ministry with all the resources that we ever needed. He attended our services weekly and was a great encouragement to us. The second is SFC Dan Roberts. I cannot say enough about him. He is no longer with me at my new Battalion, and he is sorely missed. He exemplified professionalism at every turn. He's passionate and committed. I am convinced the ministry would have failed without his outstanding performance. Finally there are the guys from Kenny Got Saved. Jared, Brian, Jeff and Dean are our band. They bring life with them. All of them are regular guys that God is doing extraordinary things with. You can check out their website at www.kennygotsaved.com This picture was after our last service at the FT Jackson Post Theater back in late September. All of these men made the mission of providing dynamic worship services to the soldiers at FT Jackson possible. In the 16 months we worked together over 400 soldiers found salvation in Jesus, many more were encouraged in their faith. I know that what these men did has eternal effects for the Kingdom of God. Well done everyone!
Now I'm moving down the street to 1-61 Infantry in a new office and a new environment. The band will be coming back to lead worship for us at Vanguard Chapel. I'm looking forward to more amazing things from God!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Blessing Lady

Physical training or PT is a part of life on a military installation. During our slow times of the year and during winter, I spend alot of time at Perez Gym. Its a great facility on FT Jackson to get my "PT On". Today I ran into a very special lady. I call her the blessing lady, but her name is Dean. I don't know how old she is, but her granddaddy fought in the Civil War. She's seen alot in her years. I was watching her today as she walked around the track and periodiclly she stopped and talked with people. She puts her hand on their shoulder and then I see each person close their eyes. She was praying for them. She did this for me a few months ago. Now being a Chaplain I'm supposed to be all spiritual. But her level of boldness just to reach out to people was inspiring to me. She walked up to me one day and said, "Have I blessed you yet?" I said, "No you haven't but I'll sure take one!" So she did. She prayed for me and she does this for so many at Perez Gym. She probably doesn't realize that she is the blessing. I fear that this generation has lost its respect for the "gray hairs". Dean is a blessing to me becasue her whole mission in life is to come to the gym and "bless" people. I suppose some people feel a bit uncomfortable with that, but she's cool with it, she just keeps on blessing. I hope and pray that if God allows me to see my 80's that I'll be a blessing to others then as she is now. Hope you enjoy the picture of the blessing lady!

The songs of life- Thanks to mom

My home was filled with music and people growing up. Mom loved music and can play an assortment of instruments but her favorites are th...