Soaked Soldiers

short term mission trip, Air Force Academy, Soldier for Christ, perseverance
Fifteen years ago my husband helped with a short term mission trip.

Uphill hikes with heavy packs in the Mexican sunshine took the team to remote villages where they shared Christ.

One morning they awoke to find their tents, sleeping bags, and gear soaking wet. But there wasn't a single complaint.

You see, this was no ordinary team. These Air Force Academy cadets had given up their spring break to sleep in these muddy tents.

They were soldiers on a mission, prepared by the rigorous Academy training.

And they are examples for all Christians:

"Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer." 2 Timothy 2:3-4

Since my Commanding Officer is Jesus, this is a reminder I need. How about you?


  1. Gail, I love this. A great contrast to the teachers who are telling us that a life of faith is one of prosperity and ease. The Bible never promises comfort, but a mission, a purpose, and the grace, mercy, and love of God. Thanks for blessing me once again.


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