• CH Buddy Winn


We've packed our duffle bags and loaded the trucks. Soon we will be looking back at Minnesota with longing and love for those we left behind who sent us off with tears in their eyes, and we'll be getting on with our mission.

5,000 Minnesotans praying for Red Bull Soldiers during the 34th Infantry Division Departure Ceremony on September 20th, 2018 at the Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Saint Paul MN. Photo by Angie Struemke

I don't think John Lennon was a great theologian, but he did say, "Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.” If you have faith in God, I believe this to be true because you have hope!

Jesus is the last, greatest, and only hope for humanity. The miracle of the resurrection goes beyond the mere existence of life where there was no life. It's that we have HOPE in knowing His calling, His riches, and His power! (Ephesians 1:18-21)

We say, "I hope it'll be a good deployment."

That means one of two things:

1) I'm not really sure what to expect and I guess I'll try to survive it though I can't be sure what to expect,


2) my confident expectation in God's calling, riches, and power will help me in my weakness, bring me to a place of success in my tasks, help me love my brothers and sisters as we accomplish the mission and prepare for our next seasons of life!

You have more to say about how things go than anyone else. When it comes to how the deployment will go - you get to choose!

Be encouraged: God loves us and will equip us from now until our mission is complete.

LEADER PRAYER: Lord, it's times like these when we turn our hearts towards you for strength. Cover us with your hand of safety as we travel and help us all transition into this new season so we may thrive and not just survive as we seek your will and your way. Amen.

Blessings on your week -- I look forward to sending the next E4I from Fort Hood, TX.

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