During basic training, military recruits are able to attend worship services. This is the one hour during the week that these young men and women are able to relax, sit and not have to worry about the DI (Drill Instructor) or MTI (Military Training Instructor) bothering them. I suspect that many of these recruits nod off to sleep not because the sermon is boring or that they are not interested, but simply because they are exhausted.
No matter what domination, religious services at the training locations are supportive and welcoming places of refuge from the intensity of training. It is truly a mission to minister to these recruits, when they are under so much stress, homesick and tired.
While your recruit doesn’t have much time to read, you may choose to add some Bible passages to your letters.
“The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews, 11:1)
“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (2 Tim:2:3)
“With my God, I can scale a wall” (Psalms 18:29B)
“What can mortal man do to me?” (Psalms 56:11)
“Be still and know I am God” (Psalms 46:10)
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” (Psalm 91:11-12)
“Do whatever is in your heart, for the Lord is always with you.”
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. “(Proverbs 29:18)
“Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.” (Colossians 3:23)
“For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.” (Deuteronomy 20:4)
“The things that are impossible with men are possible with God”.(Luke 18:27)
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
“And we pray this order that you may life a life worthy of the life worthy of the Lord and my please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” (Colossians 1:10-12)
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grew tired and weary, and young men stumbled and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40)
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
“I thank Jesus Christ my Lord, who has given me strength, that He considered my faithful, appointing me to His service.” (1 Timothy 1:12)
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
“3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” 1 Philippians 3-6)
“12 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal;[a] but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Beloved,[b] I do not consider that I have made it my own;[c] but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly[d] call of God in Christ Jesus.” (3 Philippians 12-14)
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
I hope you find your favorite passage in the collection above. If not please, add your favorite and help us grow this resource for other parents and spouses with a loved one at basic training.