Our men and women in all areas of the military need our encouragement and our prayers. I had been given the honor of being employed by the Army as the "Chaplain" of the Yakima Training Center (Washington State). As a civilian, I was contracted by the Army to be a Chaplain. It was a great ministry. In September, 2009, the Army decided to eliminate the job, as a contract Chaplain. Since 1 September, 2009, I volunteered as Chaplain for YTC. God has used this for His glory. In October, 2010, the Army finally provided an Army Chaplain for Yakima.
I worked with civilians and military who were stationed here as well as our troops who come here for training for a short time. We gave them encouragement from the Word of God, we pray for them, tell them of God's love for them and His "Free Gift" of salvation.
I let the soldiers know that I care - that the folks back home care and that God loves them. The soldiers; both men and women; are very responsive in receiving the Gospel literature and with talking to me as Contract Chaplain for the Military. They need someone to listen to them and pray for them as well as pray with them. I often go through the barracks and talk with them and listen as well as distribute the Military Edition John Romans and Army new Testaments. These are all provided by local churches and Bible Believing Veterans.
During the years that I had been working with the troops that were sent here to train; the Yakima Chamber of Commerce donated items that my assistant and I took out to the troops. We have taken bottled water, juice, coffee, soup, hot chocolate , and various snack items etc. all free of charge. I have prayed with many of them and offer the John / Romans and New Testaments to the troops. Morale has been boosted and soldiers have been helped. We have seen many soldiers receive Christ as Saviour through this ministry. I have been called out on suicide watch for soldiers and council with many soldiers.
Holidays are very important. Imagine how lonely you would be if you were thousands of miles away from home. Your spouse and children are miles away from you. We need to work together to encourage them. I took candy and other items to them for the holidays. We have also brought soldiers to our church services, upon their request.
Our military is highly trained; professional and willing to fight for their country. Please pray for them. If you know of anyone in the military, please write to them and encourage them. Send them a "care package" from time to time.
God Bless Our Soldiers And God Bless America.
Dr. Charles Bonner, Pastor Bible Baptist Church - Former Chaplain Yakima Training Center.