Rapid Deployment Kits Serve as Spiritual Care Packages

Military Ministry provides soldiers with spiritual truth and comfort

Soldiers like this one are asking life-and-death questions and looking for comfort Photo by Guy Gerrard

Cru Military is reaching troops around the world, from military bases to the airports they fly through on deployment, to the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Every month, they receive requests for more than 20,000 Rapid Deployment Kits.

Packaged in a waterproof bag, each kit is small enough to fit in a soldier's pocket and includes a Bible, daily devotional, and evangelistic booklet. As they read the inspired words of scripture, they can know with confidence that God is with them -- that they need fear no evil.

One military chaplain serving in Kuwait is so thankful for Rapid Deployment Kits -- in this case, received by troops who are recovering from being wounded. He wrote,

"Thank you very much for all of the (spiritual) care packages you have been sending. The sailors, soldiers, Marines, and airmen at the Wounded Warrior Barracks have received them as they are recovering. Most of these service members will be returning to their units when their recovering is complete. They will never forget how you helped them during one of the worst times in their lives."

The Lord is opening doors in brand-new places; another chaplain just wrote this e-mail:

"Could I please get [some materials] to assist me in reaching out to the troops with the Word and with God's salvation? We have been accepted by the airport commission and management to open a `Welcoming Center' and minister to the troops that are in transit at our airport."

"We will soon surpass the 2 million mark in Rapid Deployment Kit deliveries since Sept. 11, 2001, mostly through military chaplains who ask for them," says Brenda Anthony, Communications Manager with Military Ministry.

One mother of a deployed soldier wrote, "Thank you for keeping Christ in the minds of our soldiers with the Bibles and devotionals. He is needed there so badly as Comforter and Shepherd."