A bit delayed, but still want to update you

Pastor Andy called at about 5 PM on Thursday, and reported that the team was about an hour from Sheridan., WY. He mentioned that it was very cold there, at 37 degrees with winds at 35-45 miles per hour from the north. He also reported that the mountains were covered with snow and were very pretty. I spoke briefly with … Read More

Matthew IrvineA bit delayed, but still want to update you

The Church’s Role in Military Ministry

When I was deployed to Iraq in 2003-2004, I was very thankful for the support my church showed my wife and I. Our Sunday school class really rallied around the wives who had husbands deployed, and I believe their prayers and support really made a difference in my wife’s attitude towards my deployment … I know they made a difference … Read More

Jack HelmerThe Church’s Role in Military Ministry

Youth to Kalispell

Our youth will be traveling to Kalispell, Montana tomorrow to work with Easthaven Baptist Church. While in Kalispell, they will assist Easthaven with construction and ministry projects. In addition, the Agape Singers will sing a number of concerts in the area. They will be in Montana from June 6-16. Check this page for regular updates from the Kalispell team. The … Read More

Matthew IrvineYouth to Kalispell

Modern Chaplains Ministering to Postmodern Soldiers

This morning I had the opportunity to have breakfast with one of our soldiers who is finishing up his mid-tour leave and about to head back to Iraq. It was good to catch up over some eggs, pancakes and coffee, and we soon found ourselves talking about the spiritual morale among the troops he lives and works with. I was … Read More

Jack HelmerModern Chaplains Ministering to Postmodern Soldiers

BGCT endorsed chaplains exceed 400

By Rebekah Hardage, BGCT DALLAS — The Baptist General Convention of Texas has endorsed more than 400 chaplains. At the BGCT Chaplaincy Endorsement Board Meeting May 21, 11 chaplains were endorsed — 10 new and one transfer. This brings the total number of BGCT-endorsed chaplains to 410. The chaplains cover a wide range of areas. Of the 410 chaplains, 169 … Read More

Jack HelmerBGCT endorsed chaplains exceed 400

Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2007

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America On Memorial Day, Americans pause with solemn gratitude and deep respect for all our fallen service men and women who have given their lives for our country and our freedom. Through the generations, the courageous and selfless patriots of our Armed Forces have secured our liberty and borne its … Read More

Jack HelmerPrayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2007

Faith in the foxhole

By Barbara Bedrick (5/24/07) CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. –The closer one gets to the foxhole, the more spiritual human beings, in general, become according to a spiritual warrior who has served on the Iraqi battlefield.As Americans pay tribute this Memorial Day to those troops who have died fighting for their country, military chaplains like Capt. Bill Perdue, U.S. Navy, 1st Marine … Read More

Jack HelmerFaith in the foxhole

Help Teens Cope When Military Parents Leave

Written by Richard E. Dodge When a teen’s father or mother is been deployed for military service, not only is there a vacuum in the family for personal and spiritual guidance, but also the potential for resentment, anger and confusion about why a parent has been pulled away. While no one can replace a parent when youth struggle with questions … Read More

Jack HelmerHelp Teens Cope When Military Parents Leave

Mobilizing for Ministry: Helping Families Face War

Written by Richard E. Dodge Christ has equipped millions of Christians to take up the challenge of ministering to individuals and families in crisis. Since the 9/11 attack, thousands of Americans have left home and church to fulfill military obligations while defending freedom. Each military family—those in the military as well as families left behind—represent ministry opportunities for almost every … Read More

Jack HelmerMobilizing for Ministry: Helping Families Face War

Welcome Home! What’s Next?

Written by HomeLife Staff Tony Rankin, clinical therapist and father of an active-duty Marine, says the key to reentry is “anticipation, expectation, and realism. The most necessary response is empathy.” Envision what life has looked like from both perspectives. Matt says after a long deployment, he feels “like a stranger” in his own home. Lori says it’s “hard to go … Read More

Jack HelmerWelcome Home! What’s Next?