Christian soldiers going onward
January 11 2002 by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor

Christian soldiers going onward | Friday, Jan. 11, 2002
  • A two-star general who commands a warfare school leads a prayer breakfast and reminded the unit chaplain that he didn't work for the commander, he worked for the Lord.
  • A three-star general interviewing a staff sergeant for a position as his aide asked the soldier if he had any questions. The enlisted man said his only question was whether the general was a Christian because he couldn't take the job if the general wasn't a Christian.
  • A legal secretary who is a member of Village Baptist Church prayed for her boss, an Army lawyer at Fort Bragg. The lawyer later approached Frunzi and a chaplain, saying he was concerned about being "left behind." The lawyer had read one of the popular books from the series of that name. He became a Christian.
  • A Navy Seal who is chief of staff for Frunzi's unit said he can't start a day without prayer.

    "The word 'quit' is not in his vocabulary and I know prayer is the reason why," Frunzi said.

  • The top enlisted soldier in a Ranger unit gave up his spot in an airplane so the unit chaplain could jump into combat with his unit during a recent operation.
  • A lieutenant colonel gave his commander a Bible and a two-page letter telling about his Christian beliefs.

    "There are a growing number of Christians defending their country," Frunzi said. "All are men and women of action."

  • Friday, Jan. 11, 2002

    Christian soldiers going onward

    By Steve DeVane BR Managing Editor FAYETTEVILLE - Christians are playing an active role in the military, an Army officer told N.C. Baptists attending the State Evangelism Conference on Jan. 7. Lt. Col. Bill Frunzi, the deputy director of logistics for Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, spoke about what God is doing in the military. Joint Special Operations Command oversees secretive special operations forces of the Army, Navy and Air Force that work together on counter-terrorism missions around the world.

    Frunzi is a member of Manna Church, a nondenominational congregation in Fayetteville. He received a standing ovation before and after his remarks.

    Bruce Martin, the pastor at Village Baptist Church in Fayetteville, introduced Frunzi. Village Baptist Church hosted the Evangelism Conference.

    Martin said he asked Frunzi to speak after Brig. Gen. Gary L. Harrell, the director of the Army's Joint Security Directorate in Tampa, Fla., had to cancel because he is in Afghanistan helping search for Osama bin Laden.

    Martin said Harrell was the on-site commander in Mogadishu, Somalia, during the operation portrayed in the movie, "Black Hawk Down." Eighteen Army soldiers were killed and more than 70 were wounded during a firefight Oct. 3-4, 1993.

    Also in Somalia at a later date, Harrell was involved in a mortar attack in which he was injured and several other soldiers were killed. The impact threw Harrell into the air.

    Back in Fayetteville, Harrell's daughter was in Sunday School at Lafayette Baptist Church. She interrupted her teacher and asked if they could pray for her dad.

    When Harrell came home it was determined that the Sunday School class was praying at the time of the attack.

    "God was protecting that man of war," Martin said.

    Frunzi said that while Harrell was commanding a Fort Bragg unit, he allowed the unit chaplain to "push the envelope" in sharing the gospel message with soldiers. The practice continued even after some complained about the chaplain talking openly about Jesus and using Army computers to spread the Christian message.

    Frunzi told about the commander of a medical unit who publicly professed his love for the Lord during his promotion ceremony. The commander of Fort Bragg and other generals were at the ceremony, Frunzi said. He also gave the following examples of Christian faith in the military:

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