GraceConnect E-News, No. 65, Week of September 15, 2014

Communication-Conversation-Conservation

The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

Angels on the Battlefield 

“Call me Barrett, just Barrett,” he said.

A member of Victory Mountain Grace Brethren Chapel in Hyden, Ky. (Sam Baer, pastor), Barrett served seven years in the Marine Corps during some of the most volatile years in recent history. He asked that the names and places of his account not be divulged, but his story is validated by two Silver Stars, one Bronze Star, and four Purple Hearts for his time in service.

Seven years in the Marines will leave anyone with plenty of stories.

“Something like that you can’t hardly forget,” he said of his time in combat. “You wake up in cold sweats. Sometimes you’re in tears.”

One story, though, stands out.

It was October of 2002. “We were in a remote area where they had a big bunch of terrorist training grounds,” he explained. “Over there in the desert, it doesn't get dark until midnight. And it was hot out there.

“It was 11:45 at night. And I was the point man calling the formation with a seven-man team. We were about a half mile from the cave where we were after this man. I don’t have to say his name. All of the sudden I hear a pop. So I look up. I see…a trail of fire coming at us real slow. It was an RPG [Rocket Powered Grenade].

“By the time I tell my men to get down, it [the RPG] lands 3 feet in front of me. All I could do was throw my right hand in front of my face.”

A bright light flashed.

“When the light flashed … it was like a wing that had no blemish -- not one feather was bent or crooked or anything. It was the prettiest white that I have ever seen in my life and when it flashed across my face in the 115-degree night...I felt cool, peace, and safety. It was an angel.”

His best friend, who had come to Christ only a few days before, was the first to fall.

“My first buddy was split in two,” Barrett recalled. “His right side fell right and his left side fell left. The next guy [behind him had his head blown] completely off of his shoulders.”

Barrett was the only member of his seven-man squadron who had not yet committed his life to Jesus. He was also the only one to survive the blast.

“The surgeon who did my surgery…told me that in his 31 years of serving in our U.S. Navy and serving through four major warsthat he had never seen anyone in his whole career take an RPG that close and not lose one limb.

“And if people don’t know that God is real after something like that…tell them to call me.”

Barrett has attended Victory Mountain Grace Brethren Chapel for the past three years, where he helps teach Sunday school classes and junior church.

“My role at this church is to show that God can do anything with anybody because I’m living proof,” he said.

“Some people would call me highly decorated,” he said of his medals of honor, “But the Lord earned them. I’m just a holder of them. I’m just somebody who dwells in the Lord’s mercy. I’m one of the luckiest men in the world.”

From Around the Web...

Here are a few links from Grace Brethren churches that you might find of interest…

Grace Church, a Grace Brethren church in Wooster, Ohio (Bob Fetterhoff, pastor) is celebrating 75 years as a congregation. Check out this video featuring retired missionary George Johnson, who recalls the early missionary vision of the church.

In January of 2015, Asia's Hope will host more than 150 local pastors and leaders from the impoverished, remote villages in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. During this three-day conference, they will partner with local and regional leaders to provide this much needed teaching, training, fellowship, and encouragement to local pastors, many of whom minister under circumstances of extreme hardship and persecution. If you would like to partner with Asia's Hope in providing this opportunity, click here to donate or contact addison@aisashope.org to find out more.

Japanese Ministries of Greater LA is a ministry that uses surfing and choir ministries to build relationships and point people to Jesus. Watch the video here

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Events in the FGBC

September 19-20 – Women and Scripture Class, Winona Lake, Ind. (WGUSA)
October 6-8 – Central Focus Retreat, Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon, Ohio (FGBC)
October 17-19  Leadership Summit (WGUSA)
October 20-22  – East Focus Retreat, Holiday Inn and Suites, Ocean City, Md. (FGBC)
November 11-24 – Cambodia GO Team (WGUSA)
January 26-28, 2015  –  Southwest Focus Retreat, location to be announced (FGBC)
March 16-18, 2015 – South Focus Retreat, Florida FFA Training Center, Haines City, Fla. (FGBC)
June 21-27, 2015  Great Canadian Adventure, Toronto, Ontario (GBC)
June 21-27, 2015 – Encounter Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga. (EWP)
July 14-19, 2015 –Momentum Youth Conference, Marion, Ind. (CEN) 
July 23-26, 2015 – Flinch Conference (national conference), Newark, N.J. (FGBC) 

FGBC – Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
GBB – Grace Brethren Boys
WGUSA – Women of Grace USA
EWP -- Encompass World Partners
CEN -- CE National

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