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Posted on 01/26/2005 1:11:32 PM PST by ncdave4life
SOUTHERN IRAQ (BP)--A Southern Baptist chaplain stationed in Iraq has requested special prayer for U.S. troops involved in the historic democratic elections scheduled Jan. 30 in that country.
"Our troops will be delivering the voting machines and ballots to villages and cities throughout Iraq and are prime targets for the insurgents. Encourage your friends and family members and those within our churches to pray specifically for our soldiers and the electoral process," Capt. Lyle Schackelford asked in an e-mail to friends and family members.
"The insurgents do not want Iraqi citizens to vote, so they do not want the equipment to arrive at the polling stations," Schackelford wrote from Iraq. "Timely delivery must occur so that the elections occur. Freedom will not ring throughout this country if the voting process fails."
He encouraged Christians to announce the prayer request in their churches, neighborhoods and places of business. "Those with leadership roles in our churches can post this request in their newsletters, worship service bulletins and on websites. There is unlimited potential for God's presence in this process. But if we do not pray, our enemy will prevail.
"I will pray with my soldiers before they leave on their convoys and move outside our installation gates here in [Southern Iraq]. They will be driving into the arena of the enemy delivering the voting machines and equipment. It is not a game for them, but an historical mission that is extremely dangerous," Schackelford wrote. "Your prayer support and God's intervention are needed to safeguard our soldiers and give democracy a chance in the war-torn country."
Shackelford is one of nearly 2,400 Southern Baptist-endorsed chaplains serving across the country and around the world in the military, hospitals, prisons and other institutions and businesses. More than 1,000 Southern Baptist-endorsed chaplains serve in the U.S. military.
An Atlanta native, Shackelford considers Florida home but most recently has been stationed near Marysville, Ohio, where his wife, Shannon, and their two sons live.
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Please consider volunteering to help provide prayer coverage
for our troops and the Iraqi people this weekend, during the 10
hours that the polls will be open for the Iraqi election, plus
4 hours before and after the election (for ballot & voting
machine transporation, polling place setup & takedown, etc.).
Please consider signing up for one of the 36 half-hour time
slots, via this web site:
Also, please feel free to forward this appeal to whomever you
think should receive it.
This is the plea which prompted this effort:
"Please ask everyone to pray for a successful election and the
safety of all the soldiers in Iraq whether they be coalition
forces or Iraqi. For us January 30th is D Day."
-LTC Keith Donahoe [1/15/2005]
Here's a similar plea, from another soldier. This one has been
circulating in emails. Being the suspicious person that I am,
I called Mr. Shackelford's church in Dublin Ohio, and spoke to
a friend of his, and verified that it is authentic; subsequently
I found the BPNews article about it, too:
"As a transportation battalion, my unit will be delivering
the voting machines and the ballots to villages and cities
throughout Iraq during the upcoming elections... Our convoys
are prime targets for the insurgents There is unlimited potential
for God's presence in this process but if we do not pray, then
our enemy will prevail. (See Ephesians 6:10-17)"
-Army Chaplain Lyle Shackelford (member, Dublin Baptist Church
of Dublin, OH) [see Baptist Press (www.bpnews.net) 1/21/200]
Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Thanks, nc. I will be praying.
Be sure to click on the "View Churches" button on the sign-up page, to see the list of churches who have members participating in this prayer vigil.
Will redouble my prayers....
"Now, dear brothers and sisters, I appeal to you by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ to stop arguing among yourselves. Let there be real harmony so there won't be divisions in the church. I plead with you to be of one mind, united in thought and purpose." 1 Cor 1:10 (NLT)
May the Lord also protect the citizens of Iraq as they lay claim to a voice in their own destiny.
Thou Preparest a Table before Me in the Presence of Mine Enemies.
Pinging for prayers and fasting for the Iraqi elections.
Consider it done.
BUMP for Prayers!!!
I've been praying daily for freedom and courage to prevail in Iraq tomorrow and beyond. And God bless our coalition forces and their families.
Let not your heart be troubled
Where there is depair, hope
Where there is darkness, light, and where there is sadness, joy.
excerpt of the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Prayers and Blessings for America, her soldiers and the people of Iraq. Please give the Iraqi people the strength and courage they need to bring Democracy to their country and see it thrive.
America prays for Iraq, and remembers our times of trial.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We pray humbly to you, asking you to bind Satan in Iraq for this time and to free the hearts of the Iraqis from evil, horror, and fear so they can vote with clear minds for a brighter future, according to Thy will.
In Jesus' precious name we pray.
That is my favorite prayer. Could you post it all?
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, light, and where threis sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
A Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees. ~ Billy Graham
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seeth not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? Is not this the fast I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seeth the naked, that thou cover him; and that thy hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.
Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thou light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
Moreover, when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
Matthew 6: 16-18
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound,
For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.
A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:
But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.
For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Thank you for this info.
I will look at it and be praying.
We thank you for our many blessings and pray for safety for our beloved troops as they work to free a nation and we also pray for courage for the Iraqi people as they embark on a new adventure. Amen
. . . joining you in prayer for our courageous troops and their Commander-in-Chief!
Special prayers for the safety of the Iraqi people as they defy the terrorists and exercise their right to vote! FREEDOM!
My most heartfelt 'BUMP" ever.
"Please ask everyone to pray for a successful election and the
safety of all the soldiers in Iraq whether they be coalition
forces or Iraqi. For us January 30th is D Day."
-LTC Keith Donahoe [1/15/2005]
Our God is a God of miracles, and He is faithful!
Thank you for this thread!
Nick (youngest daughters' best guy pal from pre-school)will be involved in the voting somehow...we don't know where, all we know is that he will be helping with the ballots either getting them in or getting them out...prayers for ALL are really needed.
Praying for the voters!
Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Prayer Ping List.
Prayers of courage and protection for all involved.
FYI... Prayer warriors!!
I'm joined in prayer for all of these seeking freedom and for our heroes who are helping them find it.
I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:
I said in my haste, All men are liars.
What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?
I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.
I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people,
In the counts of the LORD's house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done
In Earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
Praying for all of them!
News Report from half hour ago:
Voting has been heaviest among Iraq's Shiite majority. But it's also picking up in Sunni neighborhoods in places like Samarra and Mosul where the polls earlier were deserted.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Create in me a clean heart, O God;
And renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence,
And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation,
And uphold me with Thy free spirit.
I'm still praying. Thanks for the ping.
1,000 rally at Kidd to support La. soldiers on overseas duty
BY CHUCK HUSTMYRE
Special to the Advocate
Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling
Despite the kickoff of Mardi Gras celebrations, the cold weather, the thick layer of fog and mist that blanketed downtown, and a last-minute venue change, nearly 1,000 people rallied Saturday at the riverfront war memorial to support Louisiana's soldiers overseas.
"We were hoping for 250," said Teresa Bagwell, whose son, Dustin, is serving with the Louisiana National Guard's 256th Combat Brigade in Iraq.
"When you see all these people out here, it means a lot," Bagwell said as her eyes brimmed with tears and her voice choked with emotion.
On the eve of the elections in Iraq, a group of Baton Rouge mothers got together to sponsor a Saturday morning prayer rally to show support for their sons and daughters serving overseas in the United States' armed forces.
Janet Broussard, of the group Mothers of Military Servicemen, helped organize the rally. Broussard said she wanted to support Louisiana troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and to honor the state's fallen heroes.
Broussard's son, Lt. Mark St. Romain Jr., is an infantry officer also serving in Iraq with the 256th. The unit, composed mostly of soldiers from south Louisiana, has taken heavy casualties in recent weeks. At Saturday's rally, word spread among MOMS members that three more soldiers with the 256th had been killed Friday in combat in Iraq.
"It is important that we send a strong message of support to our troops," Broussard told the overflow crowd that gathered downtown at Lejeune Square, part of the Louisiana Memorial Plaza adjacent to the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial and Museum.
Many in the crowd waved American flags, clutched red, white and blue balloons, or carried hand-lettered signs expressing love and support for family members overseas. Some carried photos of their loved ones serving in the military.
Two sisters, Helen Jarreau Potter and Betty Jarreau Perrault, carried a pair of signs and a string of balloons. Their cousin, Ben Jarreau, 19, from New Roads, shipped out to Iraq in October with the 1088th Engineering Battalion, part of the 256th Combat Brigade.
One of Saturday's speakers was Staff Sgt. Clint Bond. After four months in Iraq, Bond and his wife, Sgt. Rebecca Bond, were granted a two-week break to come home to visit their 15-month-old baby. Both Bonds are assigned to the 1088th and based at Camp Victory in Baghdad.
Clint Bond told the crowd that U.S. troops are doing enormous good in Iraq. "You ought to be very proud of what Louisiana is doing there," he said. "The Iraqis will never forget us."
The Bonds are scheduled to return to Iraq next week.
Mary Weller said she's worried about her son. Also part of the 1088th Engineering Battalion, 22-year-old Wade Weller's specialty is searching for land mines. "He's my only living child," Mary Weller said. Her 18-year-old daughter died in a car wreck in 2003.
Wade's wife, Diana, said she doesn't expect her husband home until at least November. He's been gone since May. In the meantime, she takes care of their infant son and sends weekly care packages to Wade.
Despite the damp chill, William McInnis didn't wear a jacket to the rally, just a green T-shirt emblazoned with bright yellow letters spelling out the message, "My son is an infantry soldier."
McInnis' son, Staff Sgt. William "Dub" McInnis, has been in Iraq since October with the Army's 2nd Infantry Division. McInnis said his son was on patrol on Nov. 14 when a gunner popped out from behind a building and fired a rocket-propelled grenade at his son's Humvee. The rocket hit Staff Sgt. McInnis in a leg, but failed to explode.
The elder McInnis said he was notified by telephone that his son had been wounded. "That's a frightening phone call to get," he said.
Dub McInnis graduated from Central High School in 1998. His mother said joining the Army is his lifelong dream.
Asked how his son is doing after being wounded, Mr. McInnis said, "He's off crutches and he's back in combat now." McInnis said he is very proud of his son.
Retired U.S. Army Col. Joey Strickland, a Vietnam combat veteran who now serves as deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs, delivered the keynote address. Strickland's son just returned from duty in Iraq, and Strickland's brother-in-law is still there.
Strickland opened his remarks by saying, "We're a little bit cold, a little damp, our hearts are heavy, but we're proud."
The last-minute change of location from the State Capitol's front steps to the memorial plaza across from the Centroplex was due to a scheduling conflict at the Capitol, Strickland explained, but he said he was glad for the change. "We are on hallowed ground."
In regard to the war, Strickland said, the nation and the state may take pride in their accomplishments. "In Iraq, America's military secured the country, destroyed a dictator, and set an entire people free."
Strickland also paid tribute to those lost. "As we honor our Louisiana veterans today, we remember those who paid for our freedom with their lives."
As part of that tribute, retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard Riedel chimed a brass bell as the Rev. Ted Roeling read aloud the names of each of the Louisiana armed forces members killed so far in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Finally, my bretheren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
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