Story number 1 for 11 Mar 2003

By March 11, 2003

(Middle East)–We begin today in the Middle East where troops are pre-positioned near Turkey and waiting for a face-off with Iraq. This period is difficult for soldiers, but it often helps open the doors for ministry, so says General Dick Abel, director of Campus Crusade’s military ministry. He says The JESUS Film Project plays a key role in outreach. “That’s a time that you do your continuing training, in whatever combat arms you’re in, but there’s a lot of wait time. That’s a time when you do a lot of thinking, too, and that’s a time where people understand they’re going into harms’ way, and it’s a time when they’re quite vulnerable, actually.” According to Abel, chaplains are saying that sailors and Marines respond well to the video, but there is much more to do. “Our goal has always been to put the JESUS video on every base and on every ship in the armed forces. We’re seeing that happen, and seeing results of it. As long as they’re using it, just like God’s Word says, His Word will not come back void.”

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