survival kit’ requests inundate A/G
By John W.
of God Chaplaincy Ministries outreach to provide free
gospel literature to members of the military has proven
so popular the department is looking for additional methods
to fund it.
A/G Chaplaincy Ministries sent out “military survival
kit” samples to a dozen A/G chaplains.
The kits, which
cost $10 apiece to produce, include: a small camouflaged
canvas bag; a camouflaged pocket-size New International
Version New Testament that also contains Psalms and Proverbs;
a booklet called Psalm 91: The Ultimate Shield;
a plastic wallet-size card that lists the military code
of conduct on one side and a Christian code of conduct
on the other; American Tract Society testimonies; a “United
We Stand” dog tag that quotes part of Psalm 91;
Now What, a guidebook for new Christians written by Ralph W.
Harris; and a coupon redeemable for a free six-month subscription
to Today’s Pentecostal Evangel.
The trial run
resulted in orders for 400 kits. But orders began flooding
in once the news of the kit’s availability hit the
Chaplaincy Web site earlier this year. The kits are free,
but only to members of the armed forces who request them
through an A/G chaplain.
Ministries ordered 5,000 kits, but ran out. By mid May,
A/G chaplains had submitted requests for more than 7,000
survival kits for the military personnel they serve.
Light for the
Lost, Boys and Girls Missionary Crusade, and the National
Sunday School Department have stepped in to help provide
funding for the project.
to do what we can when we have the opportunity to support
our military,” says LFTL National Coordinator Benny
Ferguson. “This will provide necessary tools for
our chaplains to be as effective as possible.”
The A/G has
120 active duty military chaplains plus another 30 in
the National Guard and Reserves. More than half of the
kits are being sent to Iraq, where the Fellowship has
23 chaplains stationed.
is a terribly tragic time in our world because of terrorism,
yet opportunities abound to get out the gospel message,”
says Chuck Marvin, A/G Chaplaincy Ministries military
representative. “People who normally wouldn’t
be thinking of life and death in peacetime are doing so
now. In the midst of it, chaplains are holding out hope.”