Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Pray for Iraqi Elections

Received via email: > Captain Lyle Shackelford > Battalion Chaplain > HHD, 57th Transportation Battalion > > As a transportation battalion, my unit will be delivering the voting > machines and the ballots to villages and cities throughout Iraq during > the upcoming elections. (January 30/31) Our convoys are prime targets > for the insurgents because they do not want the equipment to arrive at > the polling stations nor do they want the local Iraqi citizens to have > the chance to vote; timely delivery must occur so that the elections > occur. Encourage your friends and family members and those within our > churches to pray specifically for the electoral process. Historically, > the previous totalitarian regime would not allow individual citizens > to vote. Democracy will not be realized in Iraq if intelligent and > competent officials are not elected to those strategic leadership > positions within the emerging government; freedom will not have an > opportunity to ring throughout this country if the voting process > fails. > Announce this prayer request to your contacts throughout your > churches, neighborhoods, and places of business. Those with leadership > roles > within the local church post this message in as many newsletters and > bulletins as possible. There is unlimited potential for God's presence > in this process but if we do not pray then our enemy will prevail (See > Ephesians 6:10-17) A prayer vigil prior to the end of the month may be > an innovative opportunity for those within your sphere of influence to > pray. This is a political battle that needs spiritual intervention. A > powerful story about God's intervention in the lives of David's mighty > men is recorded in 2 Samuel 23:8-33. David and his warriors were > victorious because of God's intervention. We want to overcome those > who would stand in the way of freedom. David's mighty men triumphed > over > incredible odds and stood their ground and were victorious over the > enemies of Israel. (Iraqi insurgents' vs God's praying people). They > don't stand a chance. > I will pray with my soldiers before they leave on their convoys and > move outside our installation gates here at Tallil. My soldiers are at > the nerve center of the logistic operation to deliver the voting > machines and election ballots. They will be driving to and entering > the arena of the enemy. This is not a game for them it is a historical > mission that is extremely dangerous. No voting machines or ballots. No > elections. Your prayer support and God's intervention are needed to > give democracy a chance in this war torn country. Thank you for reading > this e-mail. Please give this e-mail a wide dissemination. > > Thank you for your prayer support for me and my family. Stand firm in > your battles. > > Blessings, > Lyle > Captain Lyle Shackelford > Battalion Chaplain > HHD, 57th Transportation Battalion >

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