Based on the urgency of the need expressed by deployed Assemblies of God chaplains and those ministering to troops facing deployment, the A/G Chaplaincy Department has ordered 20,000 copies of "Psalm 91--The Ultimate Shield for Enduring Protection" to be immediately shipped for distribution.
"For decades--if not centuries--soldiers facing the hazards of combat have popularly considered Psalm 91, the 'Warrior's Psalm,'" said A/G Military Chaplaincy Director Charles Marvin. "Whether it's arrows or bullets, rocks or rockets, 'collateral damage' or enemy gas getting close to their target, warriors are suddenly confronted with their own vulnerability and mortality."
According to Marvin, issues of ultimacy and eternal questions quickly replace other temporal concerns in the fearful mind. "The love, protection and salvation proclaimed in Psalm 91 is a source of comfort for those in war," Marvin explained. "Because chaplains cannot be everywhere, placing a meaningful scripture portion such as this into the hands of their troops extends the soldier's sense of the loving presence of God."
The cost to provide the first 20,000 copies was just $1 each (plus shipping). However, with hundreds of thousands of military personnel preparing to be deployed or already overseas, the need for more copies of this life-changing book and other materials are pressing.
"Assemblies of God laymen, through an emergency grant from Light for the Lost (LFTL) funds, are defraying much of the cost," Marvin said, "but more funds will be needed as we make shipment of other timely and pertinent materials to meet the ministry needs at home and abroad."
In addition to financial and prayer support for Military Ministries, Marvin encouraged local congregations--especially those near military bases--to make every effort to help spouses (usually wives) of deployed personnel. "Offer free baby-sitting, provide a 'night out' or a prepared meal that would lighten the load and reduce stress faced regularly by those with deployed dads or moms," Marvin recommended. "Demonstrate the love of God to these families, don't just tell them about it."
To learn more about how you can assist the Chaplaincy Department in this outreach to military personnel, send an e-mail to Chaplaincy@ag.org or call 417/862-2781 ext. 3270. To give by credit card online, click here.