You Gotta Be There

What Special Forces chaplains have learned about the ministry of presence.
You Gotta Be There

Sometime after midnight, the Army airborne platoon met for the pre-mission briefing. In moments they would board aircraft in Kandahar for action against insurgents. This particular mission involved working in coordination with an elite commando unit.

At this time in Afghanistan, such missions were carried out every night that there was (1) good weather and (2) good intelligence. This night, they had both.

The paratroopers were to leave first, land a few kilometers from the target, and walk in without being detected to take up strategic positions around the target. Then, when the airborne troopers were in position, the commandos would land right on top of the target to try to capture a certain insurgent leader alive. But they had to be ready for anything.

As was customary for the airborne unit, after the briefing and just before their departure, their chaplain stood before them to read a Bible verse and offer prayer.

He quoted Joshua 1:9—"Have I not commanded you? ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
Tom Nelson: Deconstructing Biblical Assumptions
Tom Nelson: Deconstructing Biblical Assumptions
God's introduction as a worker in Genesis 1-2 forces us to reassess and rethink biblical stereotypes and assumptions to develop a doctrine of vocation.
From the Magazine
Portraits of the Pandemic
Portraits of the Pandemic
Editor's Pick
Listening to Podcasts Makes Us Better Preachers
Listening to Podcasts Makes Us Better Preachers
How the popular audio genre can help pastors fine-tune sermon preparation and delivery.
close