Freedom to serve
    June 29 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    During our May board of directors meeting we enjoyed a very enlightening special report from Larry Jones, senior consultant for military and chaplaincy ministry with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC). Colonel Jones also serves as the State Chaplain for the N.C. National Guard. Joining him were Capt. Tommy Watson, a chaplain to the N.C. Army National Guard who recently served in Iraq and Specialist Humberto Kantu.

    As I listened to these soldiers share with members of our board, I was reminded again that our soldiers deal with many problems and family situations back home at the same time they are putting their lives at risk on the battlefield. It is hard to imagine what it must be like to pack up, deploy overseas and not know for sure the next time you will get to see your family and friends.

    I want to share with you a new outreach of the BSC designed to serve our wounded warriors called “Operation Crossroads.” Col. Jones has developed this ministry to help soldiers in the Warrior Transition Battalion, a non-deployable unit in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.

    About 500 sick and wounded soldiers are part of this unit. Some soldiers are from the Fort Bragg area, but many are not. The ministry will help match individuals, as well as local churches, with specific needs of soldiers at Fort Bragg, as well as at other military installations and in local communities where wounded warriors live and receive treatment across our state.

    Various opportunities exist for this ministry. You and volunteers from your church can sit in the hospital waiting room with a soldier’s family or visit a soldier in the hospital. You may bring meals to the family waiting at the hospital or help a spouse with household chores. This is a great opportunity for your church to be on mission for Jesus right here in North Carolina. I encourage you to contact Col. Jones (ljones@ncbaptist.org) and find out how your church can get involved.

    As I reflect on the observance of Independence Day, I think about our soldiers. I am so grateful to our soldiers who serve in order that people can experience freedom and safety. All too often in this country we take that for granted.

    I also think about the freedom, or liberty, that has come to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Not only has Jesus Christ saved us from our sin, He has made it possible for all who trust in Him to have the freedom to serve Him and to serve others. Our salvation in Christ means we have freedom to shake off fleshly desires and put on an attitude focused on loving others.

    This year, on July 4, thank God for those who have sacrificed in order that you may enjoy freedom. Thank God for the freedom you have as a new creation because of His Son.

    “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 
    6/29/2010 6:15:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments




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