Operation Bandanas has been a great ministry partner and ministry multiplier with meeting the spiritual needs of soldiers undergoing US Army Infantry Training. They have been user friendly and made it possible to place Psalm 91 Bandanas in the hands of hundreds of our soldiers. Once our partnership was established they have made sure we have a ready supply on hand ready for ministry without us having to submit new requests. I wish more organizations were this proactive and willing to help!
Operation bandanas has really encouraged me as a soldier! On my last deployment they sent me 3 boxes of bandanas to pass out. My whole unit was covered, and the unit next to us! Then when I had free time I would stand on the boardwalk in front of the dining facility and hand them to soldiers as they passed by. I don't remember one person turning them away and it opened the door for me to encourage them in the Lord!
I carry mine in my breast pocket over my heart, not as a good luck charm but as a reminder that God is with me and His promises are true. Thank you so much for loving and encouraging me while I was away from everything I hold dear in life.
Sgt. King Leslie
B Co 1-141
The service members here love the bandanas because they are easy to carry all the time. There is always a place for the bandanas in our uniform. They become an extension of our uniform. The bandanas can do so much for the service members. It is obvious that they need these bandanas in this very hot weather. When there is a violent sandstorm here or when there is strong wind, the bandanas are indeed very useful. The military people use them to cover their faces, clean their sunglasses, wipe their faces and even clean their weapons with the bandanas. The bandanas really take good care of us. And there is another side to the bandanas.
The Bandanas with the printed Psalm 91 becomes also sacred for the service members. They display the bandanas in their tents and in their offices. When other people see the bandanas being displayed, they become curious to read the Psalm 91 on the bandanas. Reading curiously the Psalm 91 on the bandanas becomes their introduction to something spiritual. Reading the Psalm 91 becomes their prayer and their union with the Divine. It is a very practical tool to have a connection with the Divine Presence. Bandanas become a profound moment of knowing and talking to Someone beyond oneself. The Bandanas become something much more. There is the feeling of security because we carry it all the time. This feeling of security is not only the bandana itself but the presence of the Divine that we discover when we read the Psalm 91 in the bandanas.
Operation Bandanas is changing the lives of our soldiers, saving them physically and spiritually, one at a time. Many have never heard the word of God. The bandanas gives the chaplains the opportunity to tell them a little about the imporatnce of God, faith, prayer in their lives. The bandanas give them something tangible to hold on to, and keep close when they are fearful and in dangerous areas or situations. These bandanas are a reminder that God is watching out for them, someone loves, prays, appreciates and supports them back home. Op. Bandanas supplied, free of charge, numerous bandanas to families in our militry family support group to send to their soldiers that could not otherwise have purchased them. God Bless Mary for her passion toward our soldiers in this way. Ronna Jones, Coordinator, Military Family Support Group, Triangle Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC 919-661-7755, firstname.lastname@example.org www.tribaptist.org
These bandanas have encouraged many Soldiers and family members by reminding us of God's presence and protection everywhere we go. One Soldier's wife said, "I never let my husband deploy without one". Thanks so much for your loving support and the reminder that Almighty God is in control!
As a Battalion Chaplain in Iraq, I attended every convoy briefing and provided the final pre-convoy prayer for 12 months. Soldiers appreciated the prayers and the time we spend with them before they went out on a dangerous night convoy. Occasionally I went with them and they felt they had God with them. But on the nights that I could not go with them (there were many), soldiers always asked for things from my Chapel, tha had religious significance. I often gave them bibles, tokens with scriptures in them or simply a prayer, but when Operation Bandanas came around, I could not keep the bandanas in stock long enough to let the troops know I had some. Soldiers appreiciated the praticality of the bandanas in the dessert,but more importantly, the scripture inscribed. Every time I went to a convoy briefing before they got ready to go out, i would see troops wearing their bandanas, some under their helmet and others would have it in their pockets. What a blessing!! CH (CPT) Ruiz - US Army
As an Army wife I have been blessed by the mission of Operation Bandana. My husband, a chaplain went down range to do a morale tour for his chaplains and to encourage soldiers during a difficult time. I was given an Operation Bandana through a military minstry , Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC). My 2 children and I wrote personal prayers on his bandana and I tucked into his BDU pocket. He discovered the bandana when he was in the field. It reminded him that we were praying for him and for his mission of encouragement. Today it is framed and hanging on his office wall. It has become a spiritual touchstone that reminds us all of a time when God used His word and our prayers to support each other. Thank you, Operation Bandana for having the vision to honor and help military personel everywhere and their families in spiritual support.
I am writing on behalf of Operation Bandana. While in Afghanistan from November 2009 to November 2010 I received about 100 bandanas from my Brigade Chaplain. I was with an Aviation unit at the time and we had a transportation platoon that would convoy outside of the wire to bring supplies to other bases or to recover damaged vehicles. Before the Soldiers would roll out I would lead them in a prayer. Many times we read Psalms 91. The Soldiers were very appreciative of the bandanas. Some of the Soldiers stretched out their bandanas and hung them up in their trucks, and others wore them. The bandanas offered them a physical reminder of God’s presence in our lives while facing potentially dangerous situations. The prayers and the bandanas were much appreciated by our Soldiers.
This past summer I was assigned to a Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 82nd Airborne Division. We are scheduled to deploy early next year to a very dangerous region of Afghanistan. We are a Battalion of over 800 and this time it will not just be a platoon going out but all of us will be out on the roads. Outside of the Bible the bandanas serve as a great physical reminder of God’s presence in our lives, especially during dangerous situations. I am looking forward to being able to provide each of our Paratroopers a bandana before we deploy early next year.
Thank you and God bless,
Chaplain (CPT) John Monahan
HHC 1-508 PIR 4BCT 82nd ABN
Fort Bragg, NC 28310
It has been a blessing to work with Operation Bandana.
Because you should see the expressions of joy on the faces of our Soldiers and dependent family members as they receive a Bandana. They are blessed by receiving it, knocked out by the Army friendly pattern, and encouraged by the message of Psalm 91.
Then, you know why.
Furnished and shipped to our address at no cost to our organization, sent to give to people as we mobilize for a year's Active Duty service, Operation Bandana has provided a blessing that will stay with our people for the tour and likely through the remainder of their military career. It is an item that is convenient to carry with a timeless message to ease the anxious heart.
God bless us all!
CH (LTC) Ben Hodge
113th Sustainment Brigade
Operation Bandanas ' bandanas have been a great addition to our Chaplain's Box at Military Ministry. The Chaplain's tell me that the troops love them and that they want more. All I have to do is to pass on their request to Operation Bandanas and they graciously and timely take care of the need. This is a wonderful organization that provides a practical as well as a spiritual gift to oue Service Men and Women. This is a great cause to support.
My son was in Iraq in 2006 and again in 2008 with USMC. When he deployed in '08, a friend of mine sent us a Bandana with the 91st Psalm on it....John folded it and put it between his heart and his flak jacket and wore it every day on missions. When he came home it smelled sooooo bad! (He was there Feb-Sept) I washed it, ironed it and had it framed for him for Christmas! He cried when he opened it and now has it hanging in his new home! Now, whenever I know of a soldier being deployed, I try to get a Bandana in his/her hand. It is a wonderful "witnessing" tool, I have had so many letters from soldiers thanking me. I know there have been seeds sown and God is watering, nurturing!! This is an amazing Ministry!!
I wanted to write and tell you what a blessing Operation Bandanas has been to my soldiers. I have given away hundreds of these to U.S. servicemembers across Afghanistan. They become a precious, cherished gift of hope, comfort, and love. Servicemembers often put them in their helmets to absorb the perspiration of the desert heat and symbolically remind them of God's protection over them. Sometimes they simply put them in their pocket and then use them when needed. Other times, when a soldier I am counseling will begin crying, I will present them with one of these to wipe their tears away. What a blessing to be reminded of God's protection over your life every time you pull it out. The Psalm 91 bandana is a very relevant way for every servicemember to take the comforting, Holy words of the Bible with them wherever they go. Mary Gray and her staff are kind, courteous, and caring professionals. They are the best--God bless them. Chaplian Eric Bundrick, US Army Afghanistan
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