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A Military Chaplain Under Fire Needs Your Help

by Ian on October 23, 2010

A Catholic chaplain from Ft. Carson, an army base here in Colorado Springs, has been sent to Afghanistan to replace the chaplain who was recently killed there.

We received the following message from him recently:

Blessed friends,

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!

He has also requested rosaries and other items so we have set up a Military Chaplain Registry for him. If you can, please purchase items from the list and we'll send them to him to pass out to the troops.

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Kate Raeder October 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Hi, I’m writing from Austin, TX. You can count on me for a daily rosary on your behalf and the people you are serving.

In Christ,
Kate Raeder

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Kathy October 23, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Ian,
Can you give us the Chaplain’s address so as to let him know the prayers we’re saying?
Thanks!

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Ian October 24, 2010 at 10:09 pm

CH (CPT) Kevin Peek
HHC 1-66 AR OCCD
FOB Walton
APO AE 09355

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Fran October 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Is there an email address where we can contact him with our prayers/verses as he asked?

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Nan October 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm

my prayers are with you and all others..

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Kathleen Clyne October 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Boy, I know you’re tired,
I know you’re worn, I know you’re torn
I now you’re losing all your hope
‘Cause you’re a long way from home
Boy, I know you’re worried
I know you’re scared.
I’d like to put my arms around you
And show you that I care.

Hope is in the Heavens, not so far away
Close your weary eyes, he hears each word you say.
He is all around you, feel him everywhere
He’s reaching down to touch you, Know he is there.
Deep in the heart of a war,
He hears a Soldier’s Prayer.

I’m praying he’ll protect you, guide you where you go.
Guard you from evils tearing at your soul
He’ll give you the freedom to speak your own mind
Give you his grace that transcends all time.

I pray for hope I pray for peace
I pray for unity between you and me
I pray the heavens will open some day and
God’s loving voice will sweep down and say
Deep in the heart of a war
I hear a Soldier’s Prayer.

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