We took a pause from posting on our blog these past two months as the months of June and July were set aside to reunite with family, friends, and churches before our scheduled departure to Costa Rica this fall. Although our whirlwind tour took us to California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida and Oregon, it was a blessing to share what the Lord has been doing in our lives the last twelve months.
One of our summer highlights was visiting the men and women of our military at Mountain Home AFB. The Air Force Base is located seventy-five miles east of Nampa with a population of over 3,200. Our friend and Protestant Parish Coordinator, Laura Bondurant, invited us to share at Liberty Chapel and spend the day with those who faithfully serve our country. Although the base’s primary mission is to provide airpower and combat support capabilities in worldwide operations, our own mission that Sunday morning was to strengthen and build up the Christian community through prayer and words of encouragement. As we spoke on the subject of being “like a good soldier of Christ Jesus...” from 2 Timothy Chapter 2, we reminded the Airmen the privilege of serving like our Lord Jesus Christ as we submit to His will and not ours.
A young married couple from Texas came to us and told us about the challenges facing those who serve in active duty. The wife held their tender, little baby in her arms as her husband spoke of the toll separation takes on families in the military. As we asked how we could pray for them, they asked us to pray for their family and all the families who serve at the base. Hearing the burdens and listening to their hearts, caused us to bond with those who we had just met. Our entire day was spent listening, encouraging, praying and learning from them what it’s like to wear the United States uniform.
As the evening came to an end, Tony and I felt humbled to have had the opportunity to spend the day with those who sacrifice so much in order that we may enjoy the freedom we easily take for granted.
"Carry each other's burdens, and in this you fulfill the law of Christ, " - Galatians 6:2
|Chaplain Candidate, Seth DeBartolo & Senior Airman, Andrew Keating|
|Protestant Parish Coordinator and friend, Laura Bondurant|
|Stephanie Higgins, wife of Capt Christopher Higgins|
|Mountain Home Air Force Base, ID|
|Holt Park, Mt Home AFB|