Two members of the American Bible Society (ABS) John Edgar and David Isais spoke December 3rd at Charles and Polly Cason’s home on the Isles of Capri. Their concern at this program was our military. ABS is committed to bring not only a Bible to each deployed person but also support them with struggles they might have at home and overseas.
The Military Edition of the Bible has a special portion in the front that is being used by the deployed person along with the family. The E100 (Essential 100) Bible reading starts in Genesis and ends in Revelation. The deployed person and the family are to read the same reading at any given time and discuss their thoughts across the miles. They can also be used in small group discussion. These reading are also on disk and can be downloaded to a cell phone or computer.
The chaplains of all faiths are now more involved than ever with military needs. In fact they are taking the lead to point out that God understands when there is a feeling of anger, or guilt, a feeling lifeis unfair or without meaning and when there is a fear of death.
The chaplains are on the front line, jumping out of planes, knowledgeable about all phases of the job in order to counsel the troops and their families and bring hope. Since the chaplains are embedded with the troops they follow them from deployment to home and reach out to families as well.
These counselors guide individuals to a deeper faith through sharing their stories with one of the Bible stories and forming a new story, their new story. The ABS materials can be used individually, in a small group, in a chapel setting, during deployment, in a family setting, or in coordination with off-post churches.
There are also work books for men and women to help identify their strengths through scripture engagement, with a leader’s guide for the counselor.
All the people who attended the ABS program at the Cason home were presented with a challenge coin, a challenge to lead a life of excellence and to pray for the American Bible Society in the entire world.
For more information on American Bible Society programs and materials go to www.bibles.com