Last week our EMT class deployed to Bossier City, Louisiana, to work alongside the Samaritan’s Purse Ministry in the continuing efforts to help people recover from recent flooding. I continue to stand in awe of God’s hand of blessing upon our men as they diligently work to meet the needs of others, both physically and spiritually.
While working there, our men displayed the character and discipline that God fashioned in them during their time at ALERT. Throughout the years we have heard many testimonies from people who regained a new hope in the young people of America as our men diligently served them and met their needs.
This past week, one man spoke of the hope that was restored in the lives of him and his wife. The husband said he had, “…given up on today’s Christians; I didn’t think true Christianity and neighborly love existed. I mow the church yard weekly…yet no one is reaching out. We were youth leaders at one time. We had lost faith in that generation as well. ALERT changed that during the last couple of days.”
Tomorrow (Thursday) our Basic Training Unit 55 will be facing the challenge of their 12-hour hike between Lake Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend Reservoir on the “Between the Lakes Trail,” in East Texas. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated as they undertake this grueling hike.
Please pray for all of us as we prepare for the Family Conference next week; that we would have renewed energy and be thoroughly prepared to serve the families attending so that they receive God’s blessing together.
Colonel John Tanner
International ALERT Academy
One Academy Blvd, Big Sandy, TX 75755