Good Day All,
Just want to send a quick update while I have a few minutes waiting to get onto a bird that will take us to our next location to visit our Soldiers. This is essentially our ministry, getting to travel to eight small remote bases throughout Afghanistan to meet and offer Religious Support to our Soldiers.
We are wrapping up our second round of “BFC” or Battle Field Circulation. Some of our visits are welcomed and some we are there for a quick visit to gauge morale and then are gone. I often find myself considering the life and times of Paul as he traveled and was building the Church, knowing he was not always welcomed and in opposition.
I am connecting with 30 of my Soldiers daily with encouraging words through Facebook Messenger and we are bringing snacks and hygiene items to our Montana Soldiers as we travel. We also just started the small group study “Case for Christ” with six Soldiers at our home base, which has been wonderful for all of us. We just recently surpassed the 25% mark in the deployment which is hard to believe, and as we move forward I trust more hearts will turn towards Christ through relational ministry.
I will leave this correspondence with some prayer requests. Thank you for your time, love and prayer. I think of my family and our support often and thank you tremendously for your contribution to my journey.
–For visits to see Soldiers to be fruitful and glorifying to God.
–For the Bible Studies and growth amongst some Soldiers who were not Christian prior to this deployment to continue.
–For my continued growth and development. My greatest request to God in this journey has been for Him to place strong Christian men in my path to help me grow and He has done nothing short of this…and tenfold.
–For my spiritual gifts to continue to be utilized.
–For Angie and our kids. Being a “single parent” is proving to build character for all of them.
–And last, for our Soldiers and my connection with them to prosper. Some are experiencing challenges at home. Because we are scattered, we have been limited with the ability to counsel and encourage promptly, yet at the same time, we have learned how to be resourceful to support immediate needs.
Director of Chaplaincy, Andy Meverden adds: “Though written to me and a few others, Ryan’s update and insight informs and encourages us all. Quietly, there’s been an uptick in the number of our chaplains deployed away from their families; many into harm’s way. Join me in praying for Ryan, his family, and the other 195 CBAmerica chaplains and their families scattered across the US and around the world.”