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CHAPLAINCY of FULL GOSPEL CHURCHES A Faith Ministry of Helps

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VOL. 25

JUNE 2009 MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID DALLAS, TX PERMIT NO. 4212

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Dynamic Devotion Studying the sacrifices and exploits of the pioneer missionaries of the 19th Century is most challenging and inspiring. These were ordinary people made extraordinary by a dynamic and vibrant Christian faith, which carried them through some of the worst circumstances imaginable. David Livingstone wrote that we need to be “uncommon Christians, i.e. imminently holy and devoted servants of the Most High…let us seek that selfishness be eliminated, pride banished, unbelief driven from the mind, every idol dethroned and everything hostile to holiness and opposed to the Divine will crucified; that holiness to the Lord may be engraved on the heart and evermore characterize our whole conduct.” C.T. Studd testified: “I once had another religion...hunting the Bible for hidden truths, but no obedience, no sacrifice. Then came the change. The real thing came before me…words became deeds. The commands of Christ became not merely Sunday recitations, but battle calls to be obeyed,…assent to creed was born again into decisive action of obedience.” Hudson Taylor agonized in prayer for China, sometimes praying through the night. He wrote of wrestling with his “unbelief” and how “the Lord conquered my unbelief and I surrendered myself to God for this service.” At the end of his long life, Hudson Taylor could declare that: “The sun had never risen upon him in China without finding him at prayer. …The battle is the Lord s and He will conquer. We may fail, do fail continually, but He never fails.” – Reprinted with permission Continued on Page 2


Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches PLEASE PLACE ON MISSIONS BULLETIN BOARD I Believe … By Dr. Dan Hope of World Bible Way

“Quietly trust yourself to Christ your Lord, and if anybody asks why you believe as you do, be ready to tell him, and do it in a gentle and respectful way.” (1 Peter 3:15 Living Bible) I am a Christian because I believe in the Founder of Christianity, Jesus Christ. I believe the only way I can know God is through Jesus Christ. My belief is based in the Bible: “Neither is there Salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:15) I believe the Bible is the Word of God. I believe in its Divine inspiration. I believe its statements are true. I believe in the power of prayer. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16) Someone prayed for me and I became a Christian. I am a Christian because I cannot resist the love of God. The Apostle John said Jesus is the propitiation (an atoning sacrifice) for our sins (1 John 2:2). To reject such love would be to commit the sin God cannot forgive. I cannot disregard the agony of the Garden of Gethsemane. I cannot disregard the torture He endured prior to His crucifixion. I believe there is a heaven to gain. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” (1Cor. 2:9) We are promised that there is no sin there, no unhappiness there, no tears there, no sorrow there, no weeping there, no pain there, no death there, for the former things are passed away (Rev. 21:4). I m getting homesick for heaven. How about you? From an Army Chaplain Dear friends, Thank you for sending the CD s from the conference. Connie and I were looking forward to their arrival. Every year the conference s recordings give us additional study and devotional material. It s so wonderful to have these resources made available to us. This was Connie s first ever CFGC conference. She loved every minute of it. Whenever she thought that she had heard the “best speaker” ever, the next one was just as good. It was a truly inspiring and edifying moment for us. Connie and I had spent most of the past five years apart starting with a mobilization and deployment in 2003, followed by a three year tour as an activated Reservist (including a second tour in the Mideast), a change in status to RA, and another deployment to Iraq. Finally, there was a round of 4 surgeries for me to address a fistula. And, two back surgeries for Connie! Wow, what an exciting time for us. Our trust and faith grew by leaps and bounds during those years. We learned how to keep in touch via email, telephone calls, “snail” mail, and instant messages. We watched a couple of Super Bowls eating pizza as we discussed the game over the phone! We prayed steadfastly for each other, and saw our love grow in spite of the physical separation. Every year our relationship matured and our love for each other grew even more. Finally, this year we have been blessed with the opportunity to be together again! The conference was our first “trip” not related


to a mobilization, deployment, or illness! Praise the Lord. Now that we are together again it s even better! And, just when we thought that we would spend the next three years in San Antonio, we are now getting ready to move again. I m looking forward to the upcoming year s ministry as a student at WHINSEC. We ve been told that Connie and I will sponsor an international couple. We are looking forward to it. I completed my CPE training at Fort Benning in 1992. During that time I lived in the student housing area. I met many of the international students and a short while later they had asked me to lead them in a weekly Bible study. Please pray that the Lord will open doors for a harvest greater than the one in 1992. This year s ministry has been focused on the AMEDDC&S Bible Study. We meet every week on Thursdays. The group had been studying The Purpose Driven Life when I arrived. We did not change the book, but I did add additional material to complement the book. I ve seen lives changed as a result of our studies. God s Word is changing people. I m so glad that He allowed me to be here long enough to see some of the first fruits. Necessity kept me tied down as resource manager even though that was not my primary duty. God blessed my efforts as a budding resource manager. He gave me favor in the eyes of so many people that my job became a joy. When everything was totaled up (in preparation for my OER), my supervisor estimated that I had managed over $1.15M. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would have a million dollar budget to worry about. Being faithful with the “small” stuff allowed God to grant me even more. I also taught several classes during the year. My favorite one was the class on grief and loss that is taught to the Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants attending the Combat Medical Ministry and the Emergency Medical Ministry courses. As Paul admonished us in 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4, God comforts us so that we can then comfort others with what God has given us. And, as he says in verse 5, “For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.” I attempted to develop two additional classes as part of two other courses, but at this time I m leaving them for my successor to finish. It s amazing how much goes into putting together a 4-hour class. Class content is just one aspect; the other is how we have to make sure that all we teach meets the Army s doctrine (and, this includes the Chief of Chaplains guidance). Once we have the material ready, we begin test presentations. I left these two classes at this level. We were testing for student response to the material. Their feedback was honest, and at times very brutal. However, it was the best learning experience that one could have as they provided very honest feedback. One of my classes was designed to teach sensitivity to nurses and crusty war-veteran NCOs. Ah, only a fool would have assumed that he could accomplish that objective. I do wish my successor better results. The nurses told me they were already “sensitive” and the NCOs indicated that sensitivity was not part of the Army s leadership model. As a result, I worked with that particular course s curriculum committee to recreate the class contents into a new packet. The NCO Academy now teaches “sensitivity” to the NCOs, so there can be no doubt that it s okay to be sensitive in some situations. The nurses are taught sensitivity through other classes designed for them. And, the Chaplain is now teaching them how they can work with the Chaplain to help Soldiers! Again, the Lord gave me grace in front of some very tough customers. And, He also gave me favor in front of the curriculum committee. Praise His name. In Christ, CH (MAJ) Nils Juarez-Palma, Army Active Duty


Life after the Military Bob and Jane Elliott (many of you remember them) leased their home in Tulsa, OK. They spent 5 years on the road finding our Full Gospel Churches when CFGC was in its infancy. They traveled, lived in a 5-wheeler in all 48 states, and they flew to Hawaii and Alaska. This was after Bob retired as a Colonel, US Air Force Navigator. Following is a brief report from their trip across the Channel in Europe: Due to high waves the pilot was unable to board our ship this AM. 70 knot winds resulted in our returning to the ocean. It is now Monday (5/11/09) and we are safely at dock in Belgium.…This ship is so huge that we really did not know there had been a problem until we tried to go outside. The waves were 10 to 15 feet, which is really not a big deal for a ship this size. It was a big problem for the pilot boat and pilot who is required to join the ship before we can enter the harbor…. Yesterday we celebrated Mother’s Day on the beaches of Normandy…. There are other adventures for those after retirement. For some, retirement has meant refirement in terms of new preparations for service. Others have seen doors open cross-culturally in China, Eastern Europe or the Caribbean, while a few have returned to their families as caregivers for aging parents. Whatever stage of life, sense of call, or form of adventure or fun, there is great meaning and purpose for our CFGC friends and chaplains following “retirement.” From Iraq Friends and loved ones, Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Things here continue to be extremely busy. Your prayers and co-laboring with us continue to yield overflowing fruit in the kingdom of God. I share some of the testimonies of God s fruitfulness and faithfulness: 1. We have had many professions of faith and renewal of commitments of faith, along with many baptisms. 2. Many marriages have been saved and made stronger as we have conducted the “Fireproof” movie event and “Fireproof Your Relationships” series in our services. The testimonies continue to come in! 3. We probably have the highest worship and spiritual event attendance of any unit like ours in the army, with about 2,400 Soldiers attending this past month. 4. My assistant recently informed me that we are conducting twice as many services and spiritual enrichment events per month than other units who have been where we are, and that we have THREE TIMES the attendance! Wow! 5. Some of you have prayed for us concerning things that we could not give you specifics on, but we labeled them “strongholds.” Those strongholds for which you are praying have been falling with astounding success that continues to get enormous attention at the right levels. Keep praying! 6. Although Baghdad is not in our area, we had two Soldiers at the clinic where the shooting took place. Both were killed. During this time, I was in a two-hour prayer session with one of the chaplains, and we had been led to pray over our entire area. Both of us had a dream a week and a half earlier about a snake trying to enter our area. – CH (CPT) Rod Mills, Army Active Duty CFGC Staff Schedule Jun 14 Flag Day, Army Birthday 21 Father s Day

Jul 04 Independence Day Aug 09 Change of Sr. Pastor, Ft. Smith AR


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