We love our troops. We want the best for them. Many of us pray for their strength, their reflexes and ultimately their safety, as they sacrifice to protect America's freedom and security.
Another amazing group of Americans— the Chaplain Corps of the United States Army— serves our troops by providing moral support, counseling and religious services. Did you know there are over 1300 Army Chaplains in the Southern Baptist Convention alone? These chaplains are both ordained clergy and commissioned Army officers.
Captain Jose Rondon (pictured left) serves as Chaplain at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. Over 86,000 military and civilians are trained there each year.
In August of 2018, Rondon said, "We have seen 1,459 soldiers come to Christ since March of this year. God is doing great things at Fort Leonard Wood among the hundreds of soldiers who have come to know Christ personally.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"There is nothing more exhilarating in life than seeing people come to Christ." - CH Rondon<br><br>CH (Capt.) Jose Rondon shared his excitement after 1,400+ Soldiers professed faith at <a href="https://twitter.com/fortleonardwood?ref_data-src=twsrc%5Etfw">@fortleonardwood</a> at his place of ministry. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ArmyChaplainCorps?data-src=hash&ref_data-src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ArmyChaplainCorps</a><a href="https://t.co/5eSgELHD6l">https://t.co/5eSgELHD6l</a> <a href="https://t.co/WK3e0Eilyq">pic.twitter.com/WK3e0Eilyq</a></p>— Army Chaplain Corps (@ArmyChaplains) <a href="https://twitter.com/ArmyChaplains/status/1031955339430817792?ref_data-src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 21, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Chaplain Rondon meets with individuals and ministers at packed Sunday services. He is intentional about listening to each soldier and speaking the hope of Christ into their lives.
The Southern Baptist military chaplains said that this situation is not out of the ordinary. In fact, tens of thousands have come to faith in Christ in the past couple years. More chapels have been built by the Army Chaplain Corps from 9/11 to today than any other period in American history.
It warms our hearts to know that brave men and women are caring for our troops.
Founded in 1775, the Army Chaplain Corps has been inspiring and supporting our troops through war and peacetime for centuries now.