83,000 U.S. Troops Ask for Prayer
- Thursday, March 20, 2003
As war gets underway in Iraq, more than 83,000 U.S. troops have requested prayer. The Presidential Prayer Team is handling a mountain of such requests from the troops themselves and from their families.
The President also asked that we pray specifically for our troops and the families they've left behind in his March 6 press conference: "If we were to commit our troops, I would pray for their safety, and I would pray for the safety of innocent Iraqi lives as well."
The Presidential Prayer Team thereafter launched the "Adopt Our Troops" prayer campaign on its website and invites Americans to join with President Bush to "Pray for the men and women who serve around the world to defend our freedom." Over 270,000 people have adopted troops through this program in the past few days.
The campaign is designed to mobilize millions of Americans to both register the names of soldiers they know and to "adopt" a military person and their family, promising to pray for them daily.
As a reminder to those who "adopt," a downloadable free certificate, customized with the soldier's name, can then be printed from the website to post on the person's refrigerator, cubicle and other reminder locations.
The two-fold goal of the "Adopt Our Troops" campaign is to ensure that every military person and their family are prayed for, and also to counteract the negative aspects of anti-American sentiment.
"Military families need to know that their loved ones are being prayed for," says John Lind, the organization's Executive Director.
A prayer vigil and patriotic concert is also taking place in three cities over the next three nights (March 20-22). For more information, go to www.presidentialprayerteam.org/concert.
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