I received the following email today from a member of the United States armed forces stationed in Iraq. For security purposes and personal reasons the name of the writer will not be revealed.
You will not remember me, since I do not recall any interaction with you beyond a few handshakes on Sunday mornings. However, I attended Emmanuel Baptist while I was a student pilot at Vance in 2000-2001, and I never had the opportunity to show my appreciation for your dedication to the church and unflinching exposition of the Bible.
My wife (who also attended pilot training at Vance) and I have fond memories of Enid -- in part because we met there at the "Grace Place" (a ministry of Emmanuel), and because of the church family we came to know and love in Enid.
Presently I am serving a year-long tour in Baghdad. Yesterday I bumped into another pilot in Saddam's old palace who also attended Emmanuel (isn't God great!), but who I had not seen since I left Enid. He mentioned your blog to me, and so I wanted to take the opportunity to say "thank you".
I grew under your preaching, and I appreciate the exaltation of God's grace you brought underpinned by his great sovereignty. I know that God is calling me to preach and teach, and I have been mentored by your labor to faithfully expose God's word. May God bless you, your family, and Emmanuel. I will look forward to reading your blog.
A US Air Force Pilot
Daniel once stood in the Babylonian palace as he defended the one true God before King Nebuchadnezzar. Saddam once lived in the Babylonian palace before 'He who hold's the heart of the king in his hand,' saw fit to remove him. I may have never been to the king's palace in Babylon, but at least Grace and Truth To You has made it.
It's a great time to be alive.
In His Grace,