I received this email…friend of a friend…and I think it’s such a fabulous way to support the troops.
Some I have had the opportunity of talking with directly, others are hearing this for the first time: I have been deployed to Afghanistan in an emergency status to fill in for a chaplain that was killed here recently. I will be here for ten months, in a region that is highly dangerous and hazardous in many ways to my Soldiers and the local populace. We are here to make life better for the locals, and we have our work cut out for us.
My men and I are greatly in need of your prayers: prayers for protection, for perseverance, and for hope and courage in the face of the challenges we face. I am asking that each of you commit to some time of prayer, either daily or weekly, with some specific prayer or scripture verse you will pray and reflect on, in our behalf. If you so accept, I ask that you send those verses/prayers so that we can know them and join in as well. If your prayer or verse changes, please update that with an email–even if it is a different one every week/day. My goal, vision and hope through this project is not just to surround my men with a prayer hedge of protection, but to get all of us praying more and taking time to acknowledge the presence and purpose of God in our lives.
Thank you in advance for your support!
This is from Fr. Kevin Peek. I’m not going to post his email or snail mail addresses here, but I’ll email anyone who requests it. Or you can post your scripture verses here, and I’ll be sure to forward them. He has limited internet access, so I don’t want him flooded with spam. If any of you belong to a prayer group that wants to spiritually adopt him and his troops, I suggest one email from the group to help minimize the volume in his inbox.
I got the same email yesterday. He said Mass on the base where Jim is stationed on Saturday night – they know each other from Atlanta. It was nice for Jim to see a face from home – and a priest at that!! Fr. Kevin will get back to Jim's area about once a month, so they will see each other with some regularity. He's a wonderful priest and our soldiers are blessed to have him.
Father Kevin is wonderful! His homilies are amazing. He is godfather to a friend's son here and came for his FHC. Thanks for passing this on.