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OPERATION: IRAQI FREEDOM Thousands of troops request Bibles Retired officer  swamped with orders for Scripture in Ziploc bag


As coalition forces continue their push into Iraq, thoughts of 
the battle that awaits them in Baghdad weigh heavy.

 "It's an inferno that awaits them. Let them try their faltering 
luck and they shall meet what awaits them," warned a defiant 
Saddam Hussein.

 While the soldiers have trained exhaustively for this mission, have the backing of the most powerful military in the world 
and Iraqi soldiers are surrendering by the droves, war is war. And six of their own have already lost their lives in the line of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 "We're basically on our plan and moving toward Baghdad, 
but there are still  many unknowns out there," Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 
summed up yesterday.

 One piece of equipment thousands are relying on for 
protection of  mind is the RDK, or Rapid Deployment Kit.

 Distributed by Military Ministry, a division of Campus 
Crusade for Christ, the RDK is a Ziploc bag full of Scripture, including the New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs and 
a 90-day devotional guide.

 Soldiers of the tropospheric platoon of V Corps' 578th Signal Company take time for prayer and reflection at Camp 
Virginia, Kuwait.

 As the Beverly LaHaye Institute first reported, the RDK 
figures prominently  in the gear shipped over to troops in the Persian Gulf, and ministry workers are scrambling to fill some 40,000 orders.

 Requests from commanders, chaplains, soldiers, sailors and airmen continue to pour in, including one scrawled message 
on a piece of cardboard which reads: 
"I have a Bible .but the guys in my unit don't have any. Can 
you send [Bibles] over?"

"I find the spiritual dimension of one's life extremely important
in the armed forces ... and certainly with soldiers protecting 
our freedom, going  into harm's way," retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Dick Abel told the institute.

 Abel runs the Military Ministry. He said demand for the RDK skyrocketed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

 "I was sort of overwhelmed by it," he said. "We sent out 400,000 prior to the war. We have orders for 40,000 and 
many of those are from the war zone."

 "The reality of death for a young person becomes quite 
apparent when you're going into battle. If you have faith in 
Christ, that gives you peace that passes all understanding, 
even in the midst of the storm or the battle."




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