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Another Special Life in Christ

These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the role model!
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!

Sgt. Jennifer Denise Nelson:

She was born 3 September 1976 in Tallahassee, Florida & teaches 8th grade in Clover Junior High School in South Carolina. She is the daughter of a soldier; her father served in the Army for 22 years.  "I'm also a P. K. (preacher's kid).  Right before my dad retired, he became an ordained Baptist minister.  I have two very supportive parents who love Christ, and a younger sister who also loves Christ.  After detouring from the righteous path for many years, I decided to seriously follow Christ in 2003, when I was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  God manifested Himself to me in ways I could never have imagined and I give him all praise, glory, and honor!"

We were privileged to have been invited by our kinfolks (Ann & Klaus) to attend a Benedict College Concert Choir performance at St. John Baptist Church, Columbia, S. C. on my 61st birthday, 12/5/43. It was a mix of Christmas and patriotic singing for over 500 mostly African American attendees. It was a fine and rousing performance. But there was an unexpected surprise in store.

A slim young African American lady, dressed sharply in her Army uniform, stood to deliver a message. With a sweet countenance and clear voice she told of her belief in America & of being away in Baghdad, Iraq, and actually spending Christmas in one of the palaces of Saddam Hussein in 2003. She spoke of the courage of our men & women in uniform and their need for our nation to stand firmly for them as they defend us. And it became crystal clear to me that she was a true Jesus follower. I feel like her words were given to her by God, Himself (and she later agreed with me). Her talk was so riveting that the entire audience vigorously & completely leapt to its feet with a standing ovation! It was my honor to meet her very briefly, afterward.

In spite of the bad news about our society in the news media daily, I hear enough from the Jennifer Nelsons of our country to remain strongly hopeful for the future of our nation.

As best as she remembers her speech, Sgt. Nelson has sent it to me and has graciously allowed me to post it, as follows:


"Good evening.  First, I'd like to give honor to God for allowing me to be here this evening.  I count it a blessing to be able to stand before you on this occasion.  Last year at this time, I was stationed in Baghdad, Iraq living near Saddam Hussein's Presidential Palace.  Not many people can say they spent Christmas in Saddam's palace, and I'm not so sure many people would like to be able to say that.  Anyway, Thanksgiving had just passed but was still fresh in my mind.  Christmas was rapidly approaching, forcing me to deal with the fact that I'd spend yet another holiday apart from my family and friends.  I was upset, sad, and afraid.  But, somehow, I managed to find joy in the season.

"Right now, we are all safely gathered in this place to celebrate Christmas and all it means to us.  At this very moment, a service member is making the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life so we can all be here.  Now, if we each had our way, I'm sure none of us would choose for this country to be at war right now.  The fact of the matter is, we are a nation at war; and those service members need our unwavering support. Each day, those men and women are separated from their loved ones, and they forego the comforts of everyday life we often take for granted.

"Now, this season conjures up phrases like, 'peace on earth' and 'good will toward men.'  Unfortunately, there are forces in this world that seek to disturb the peace we try to enjoy.  There are individuals that would rather harm men than act kindly toward them.  Those are the forces that our military is fighting.

This year, I am back in the classroom as an eighth grade teacher.  It's still a war zone of sorts, but the battle's a little different!  In the spirit of the season, I'd like to give all of my students gifts.  But, these gifts can't be bought at the local mall or Wal-Mart.  Things like appreciation for freedom, patriotism, and love can't be bought.  They must be taught, and each of us can be the teacher.  So, today and each day, stop for a moment and reflect on the sanctity of life and the cost of freedom.  Remember a Solider, Airman, Sailor, or Marine in your prayers, thoughts, and kind deeds.  Most of all, honor him by teaching those with whom you come in contact to do the same.  May God bless you."

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(posted 8 December 2004)


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