By Chaplain Scott Noyes, North Dakota Army National Guard – Afghanistan, with Andy Meverden
Mid-point assessments are common in life; in navigation, corporate boardrooms, and even military deployments. Chaplain Scott Noyes sent in a brief, but exciting, mid-deployment assessment. His words are few, but the accompanying “Storyboards” with captions, give depth to their meaning and results. Scott writes:
My Greatest Blessings:
Surviving our first half of deployment has been my greatest blessing. Lots of moving parts here in Afghanistan; including our unit ministry team (UMT) movement. God has kept us safe in travel and has blessed our ministry. My chaplain assistant is a growing believer in Jesus Christ; and I was blessed to baptize him also (see photo below). As I encourage service members and civilians, I have witnessed God’s activity of change take place in many lives. God continues to schedule ‘divine appointments’ that I am able to witness and engage.
My Theme for this Deployment: “Not for busyness – but being about God’s business.” I am not interested in my plans – but God’s. And I have been blessed to sit front row to His show.
Pictures Worth Thousands of Words!
- That I stop trying to please everyone; stop trying to do it all – but focus on the priorities of God; and that I stay energized in body and spirit.
- Pray for my assistant Rick – that he continues to grow spiritually
- Pray for our team – 136th CSSB (Combat Sustainment Support Battalion) team/leadership. I have encouraged our leadership to model with better ethics and morals. The tongue has given us much trouble.
- And finally, pray for our families back home. That the Lord will give wisdom and discernment in managing those areas our Soldiers left void; strength and comfort in our absence.
Join Chaplain Noyes in prayer as he enters the second half of this deployment. Pray for the requests listed above, and especially that he and his team will “finish well!”
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