Sunday, January 25, 2015
Founded in 2001
4.8 Million Served

Armed Forces

Armed Forces

During his famous Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln said that America is a nation “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” He proceeded to question whether or not such a nation “can long endure.” The testing ground for such a nation, as he observed, was not in the halls of academia or before the high courts. Rather, Americans prove defend their nation’s existence on the field of battle.

Since the conception of America, the United States military has stood as a line of defense between the American people and those who would see this great land conquered. During World War 2, it was the American military that crumbled the fascist war machines of Europe. Even today in Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops are fighting to rid the world of the disease that is radical militant Islam.

Edmund Burke once said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The United States military is our nation’s promise to both ourselves and our neighbors that evil will never triumph.

The men and women who volunteer to stand downrange of enemy fire deserve our prayers.

Through the “Adopt our Troops” program, you can both register and adopt a specific member of America’s armed forces in prayer. What greater gift could you provide these troops than intercession on behalf of our omnipotent God?

Please take the time to adopt one of these soldiers and pray for them every day. If you know a specific member of the military, please register them. More than anything we could personally give them, our troops need our support through prayer.

Featured Member of the Armed Forces for Prayer

PrayFocusArmedForcesRay Mabus, United States Secretary of the Navy

Raymond Edwin “Ray” Mabus, Jr. was born in October 1948 in Starkville, Mississippi. After attending public schools, he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in English and political science. He earned an M.A. in political science from Johns Hopkins University, and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He served two years in the Navy as a surface warfare officer during the Vietnam era, and worked as a law clerk in the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mabus began his political career working in Washington as legal counsel to the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. He later returned to Mississippi to work in the governor’s office. He was elected state auditor, serving for four years, during which time he participated in a large FBI sting operation which recovered millions in misspent or stolen public funds.

In 1987 he was elected Governor of Mississippi, the youngest governor in the nation at the time. President Bill Clinton named him to be the United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, which he did for two years. During that time, a border crisis involving Yemen was defused. On his return, he was involved in commercial enterprises.

President Barack Obama nominated Mabus to become Secretary of the Navy and his nomination was approved by the Senate.

Mabus was previously married to Julie and they have two daughters. He is currently married to Lynne, and has a stepdaughter. He is a Methodist.

IN THE NEWS: In a ceremony christening the new USNS Trenton, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said, “this ship represents the hard-working men and women of New Jersey and the importance of the American cities along the Delaware River. It represents American shipyard, factory, and assembly line workers who have been the backbone of the Arsenal of Democracy since President Franklin Roosevelt coined the phrase more than seven decades ago. It represents the American spirit of hard work, patriotism and perseverance. The USNS Trenton will carry these values and this spirit around the world. It is tailor-made for our 21st century operations and mainline security missions, from the wide expanses of the Pacific to the littorals of Africa.” The joint high-speed vessel – a 338-foot aluminum catamaran –is a fast, intra-theater transportation system for troops, military vehicles, supplies and equipment.