Students experience opportunity of a lifetime
A group of 29 Students and 6 youth sponsors from the Student Ministries of First Baptist Church of Carthage recently traveled to Fort Hood Army base in Killeen, Texas during Spring Break. “We wanted to show a little appreciation to our soldiers for their service and hard work that so often goes unnoticed,” Heath Bailey said. “I received so many blessings from the work we did and the many people we were able to meet on this trip.”
Sunday afternoon, the group handed out welcome packets to families new to Fort Hood that contained information about chapels in their area and events taking place on post. The students were able to talk to soldiers’ families and build relationships with them during this time.
Monday evening, they hosted a Kids Night Out with Cadence International Children’s Ministries at the Comanche Chapel on post. About 165 kids enjoyed games, crafts, and food at the event. Students were able to touch the lives of many spouses of deployed soldiers and their children. The group was awarded the Unit Ministry Team Statue for their work that night. “Working with the kids at Kids Night Out was awesome,” Nicole Holcomb said. “seeing their happy, smiling faces was the greatest joy.”
Each morning of the trip the students worked to create a Prayer Trail at the Servicemen Center Hospitality House. This Center serves soldiers who need a home away from home and also families visiting their wounded warriors. The students cut and cleared the path and painted their favorite scriptures on stones to line the path. “It was really fun to work on the prayer trail and amazing to see how fast we worked together to get it done,” Jake Cumbie said. “It was also amazing to see how God’s power was working through us on this trip.”
While on post, the students had the opportunity to look at Apache, Blackhawk, and Chinook helicopters as well as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle and a Humvee. They were able to get inside each vehicle, take pictures, and ask soldiers questions. For their service throughout the week, each student was coined by the Garrison Chaplain Colonel Jackson for excellence in the field of ministry. Youth Pastor James McRight said, "Many soldiers never get coined during their tour of service. It was such an honor for all of our kids to experience this."
“I’m really glad that I didn’t miss out on this opportunity of a lifetime,” Daniel LeBlanc said. “Through this trip, I gained pride for my country and a huge respect for those who serve in the military and their families.