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Marines Find Faith Amid Fire
LA Times | April 29, 2004 | Tony Perry

Posted on 04/29/2004 8:37:25 PM PDT by jettester

The pastor of our church forwarded a message to all of our members that included the referenced LA Times story. The Times writer included an interview with one of our church members serving in Fallouja as a chaplain. Considering our relationship with the Times, I will include only a few quotes.

Our pastor, in his email, described how a few other church members serving over there had sustained wounds. Here are the words from my pastor:

"Chaplain Scott Radetski is a New Songer, and many of the men attached to his unit attend as well. I'm writing today to ask that you would pray daily for the safety of the American men and women stationed in Iraq, and particularly for the members and attenders of our church who are there. At least two of our men (Zachary Fincannon and Jonathan Park) have taken shrapnel in the last few days. It looks like Jonathan will fully recover, but it is possible that Zachary will lose some of the mobility of his left arm.) I know many of you prayed diligently during the actual war last year, but in my humble opinion, our (New Song's) Marine units need your prayers even more at this time.

Thank you for standing with me on behalf of these (mostly young) men and women!"

And here are a few quotes/excerpts from the LA Times story:

"I've been talking to God a lot during the last two firefights," said Lance Cpl. Chris Hankins, 19, of Kansas City, Mo. "I decided to start my life over and make it better."

To give the occasion even greater significance, the Marines chose to have Wednesday's baptism in the courtyard of a bullet-riddled school that they used in their fight with insurgents.

Battlefield baptisms are not unusual among front-line troops, said Navy Lt. Scott Radetski, the battalion's Protestant chaplain. So many service personnel on deployment request to be baptized that the military even has a two-page sheet on how to create a battlefield baptismal font, called the Field Immersion Baptismal Liner Instructions.

"When chaos shows its head," Radetski said, "we need an anchor for our faith. You need that rock that God promises to be. I consider it an honor to fulfill their request."

For Wednesday's ceremony, Radetski had boxes containing MREs, or meals ready to eat, arranged to simulate a smallish bathtub. A large piece of plastic was placed inside, and water from 14 five-gallon Marine Corps cans was poured.

What an amazing testimony - brought tears to my eyes! BTW, our church is down the street from Pendelton and we love our service men and women.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: baptism; chaplain; faith; fallouja; falluja; iraq; marines; military; religion

1 posted on 04/29/2004 8:37:51 PM PDT by jettester
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To: jettester
This is excellent news. Often it takes extreme difficulty before one recognizes the need for God.
2 posted on 04/29/2004 8:46:13 PM PDT by arjay ("I don't do bumper stickers." Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: jettester
You lead by example and we started with the best.

followed up by

guess many of the men and women in uniform now are finding out that what their Grandfather said was right -- "There are no atheists in the foxholes once the battle is on."


3 posted on 04/29/2004 9:00:55 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: jettester
I haven't been able to pry this book out of my daughter's hands yet to read it myself, but she says it is wonderful.It has some amazing stories in it.

So did another freeper that read it recently.

I'll be glad when it's my turn to read it!


4 posted on 04/30/2004 2:42:40 AM PDT by texasflower (in the event of the rapture.......the Bush White House will be unmanned)
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To: arjay
You might be interested in the book in post 4.
5 posted on 04/30/2004 2:43:28 AM PDT by texasflower (in the event of the rapture.......the Bush White House will be unmanned)
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To: texasflower
I'll check the book out, thanks. Love your tagline!
6 posted on 04/30/2004 7:30:49 AM PDT by jettester (I got paid to break 'em - not fly 'em)
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