Was Thanksgiving good for you? Are you looking forward to Christmas? Don’t forget about our military forces who are in various places around the world.
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Christmas Cards For U.S. Military Forces
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This will be the fifth year that our ministry has made known a U.S. military chaplain who can receive Christmas and cards and give them to U.S. military troops. This year, a Chaplain, who is a U.S. Army Major will distribute the cards to military service members in Afghanistan. We will provide a way for you to send your cards to our military forces. The last date for first class letters and priority packages to be mailed to the chaplain to be delivered by Christmas is December 3. But, a late letter or package is better than none. In past years we have also provided a way for our Jewish troops to receive Hanukkah cards. This year Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 6 at sunset, and ends on Monday, December 14 at sunset.
An Army chaplain may actually minister to troops of all of the military services, whether they are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard. They maybe active duty, or members of the guard or reserve. Therefore, it is important that envelopes and letters are addressed and written in such a way as to not show a lack of respect for anyone’s branch of service. Many addressed cards can be placed in a priority mail box. This is a tremendous witnessing opportunity. You will be given instructions on how to address cards and priority mail boxes and envelopes. We will tell you to know how to address an envelope and how to write a note or letter to the troop; not all troops are male, female, or of any one particular branch of service. It is therefore important to take that information into consideration.
Be sure to check with a local post office for details of packaging and customs forms. Also be aware of local customs for the things that made be included in “goody boxes.” You may consider whether or not you want to include your personal address or information on the envelopes or letters. If you remember the movie, “The Christmas Card,” you can understand that a soldier may show up at your Church, or other place. So, you might want to show the address of your church, as opposed to your personal address.
Because of the anti-military environment that is present in our nation and around the world, please consider safe places where you can share this information. Churches, (various class groups); patriotic organizations (VFW, American Legion, Lyons Club, etc.) The Chaplain is a busy man. He should not have to be concerned with hate mail.
Please consider the importance of sending cards to our troops. Please don’t treat this post as junk mail. You will receive a rich blessing from this type of ministry. Not everyone has the same appreciation or understanding of Christmas. The purpose of this ministry effort is to let our troops know that we love them and that we are praying for them.
John 15:13 New International Version (NIV)
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Yes! I am proud to be an American. And, yes:
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
May We Never Forget – The USA was attacked before there was a GITMO.