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January 12, 2007



"I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." (Matthew 17:20)
We never stop praying.


I pray that the faithfulness of your favorite king helps you somehow find the strength you need: "Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did--with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength..." 2 Kings: 23-25

Kat in GA: A Soldiers' Angel

(((hugs))) I was afraid this would happen... I'm so sorry. We will stand by you in prayer the whole way....

Judee Dufresne

Wow....I can only compare the pain of this to childbirth....If I looked at the hours of pain ahead I would have gone crazy....I looked at it as individual waves of pain with moments of relief in between...and focused on that relief. God never gives us more than we can stand and He will sustain you. You all are in labor, it's a helpless feeling for those who care about you to watch and wait, but together with God's help blessings will come. Psalm 91 over all of you, Love Judee


Awww. I'm so sorry to hear that you will not be rejoining your family as soon as you thought you would.

I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Here's hoping for the time to pass quickly, and that you'll very quickly be safe in the arms of your loved ones.


Dear Pastor,
Our Governor Pawlenty and Senator Nick Coleman, both Republicans, expressed dismay that the Minn. National Guard was singled out for this extension in Iraq. (editorial from Mpls. Star Trib 1/13/07 entitled, "Minn. Guard unit gets raw deal in Iraq"). The editorial concludes with this statement: "The policies that are keeping the Minn. National Guard 1st Brigade in Iraq..., are a tragic mistake. Protecting the MN National Guard requires that those policies be changed. And they will be changed only in the face of courageous, unremitting opposition from officials like Pawlenty and Coleman". The article also states that the Minn. brigade is the only American military unit now serving in Iraq to have its tour extended.
I think our politicians need to hear from us. These servicemen and women are our neighbors, friends and family and while we support them in the work they do, it is unjust and cruel to extend their tours of duty when they were expecting to return home in March.
I pray for the safety of our servicemen, their families at home juggling more responsibilities and often being ignored. I also pray for our politicians that they are granted the wisdom to bring all our troops home soon.
God bless you in your work.
Judy and Uncle Randy Luken

CC (2LT) Luis Figueroa

Brother if I could trade places with you I would do it, the thought of you being away from your family and loved ones brings sadness to my heart. Know this there are numerous people who are lifting you up to the throne of grace.

Our Heavenly Father will strengthen and keep you as you go forward serving Him and our soldiers!

2LT Figueroa
Staff Specialist

Pamela Miller

This is such a wonderful and literate blog. Thank you so much for keeping it, and all best to you.

Pamela Miller
Faith & Values beat reporter
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Diana Scurrah

All of you dear soldiers are in readiness to enter a combat zone at any moment. I am sure in an atmosphere like that you have questions about what enemies you may encounter and how you will perform - whether you will be victorious and if you will emerge from the conflicts without injury. In situations like this you can pray this prayer: "I know that You, Lord, have given Your Son to die for me, and You will not at this or any other moment, desert me. I do not enter this or any conflict alone. I know that You, who brought all things into being with a word, have the ability to protect me and keep me from harm. I know You can help me win the victory - the victory over any earthly or spiritual enemy. In You I can win the victory over my fear. YOU ARE MY ROCK. I PLACE MYSELF INTO YOUR LOVING HANDS, GOD. AMEN."
My respect and prayers go with each of you great guys. A MOM
Psalm 18:2 "The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer in whom I take refuge"

Cindy Upchurch

I heard throw the Patriot Guard that you are staying longer in the big sand box I am very sorry that you are staying longer than you had planned. I wonted to let you know that I am very proud of you all and wont to thank you for what you are doing to keep us free here at home my prayers are always with you
Cindy Upchurch
Mother of fallen hero Clinton R. Upchurch

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