Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, once said: “Appreciate everything your associates do. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.” He was right! Everyone loves to hear that they are appreciated. When we express appreciation for another person, we demonstrate that we recognize their value and respect them.
In 1999, the U.S. Congress declared the month of May to be Military Appreciation month, a time to pray for and support those who are serving our country and have served in the past. Nothing shows our servicemen and women that they are valued more than knowing that others care about them and are concerned with their physical and spiritual welfare.
Faith Comes By Hearing is honored to work with over 1,500 Chaplains from every branch of the service, serving around the world. Thanks to the generosity of thousands of U.S. church congregations, over 515,000 military men and women have received Military BibleSticks through these chaplains. Often, they write back to tell us how much they appreciate Military BibleSticks and the difference they make in the lives of our troops:
On behalf of our unit, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the 150 Military BibleSticks you provided. It really does mean a lot to us to know that we have the genuine support of Faith Comes By Hearing behind the fighting force. Many of the troops in our unit have benefitted from the Military BibleSticks that you sent. We now have enough Audio Bibles to sustain us through the duration of our deployment. We have troops from many different faith backgrounds, which is, as you know, one of the many great things about our United States. These tools of the faith will no doubt strengthen the morale and spiritual health of our Soldiers and, prayerfully, bring others to the Savior. Thank you again for your successful action in raising Soldier morale and aiding in the religious support of our troops.
This month, your church can express appreciation to those serving our nation by funding Military BibleSticks. It takes just $25 to provide a Military BibleStick Kit, which includes a card to request free MP3 Bibles for spouses and children so an entire military family can be blessed. Learn more by visiting MilitaryBibleStick.com or by calling us at (800) 545-6552.
Thank you to Desert Grace Community Church (Yuma, AZ), Augustana Lutheran Church (Sioux City, IA), Winkle Baptist Church (Coulterville, IL), Newcastle Foursquare Church (Newcastle, WY), Ocala Christian Church (Ocala, FL), and over 7,000 other churches who support our troops by providing God’s Word on Military BibleSticks. Well done!
Image: A young Soldier in the field listens to his brand new Military BibleStick for the first time.