Romans 10:14

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?[a] And how are they to hear without someone preaching?

I’ve heard it said many times, “GOD really has a sense of humor.” The further down this pathway of life the more I agree.

December 1967 I found myself serving with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines in a place known as Vietnam. As a young man I remember even to this day how scary the whole process was. When I first arrived I knew that I was going to be there for 14 months so I might as well make the best of a bad situation. At the end of my 14 months I had just about figured out how to prevent so many causalities and decided to return for another tour of duty. Sad to say at the time I was not a Christian even though I’ll admit that I did A LOT of praying. I remember that I made A LOT of promises to GOD if HE would just get me out of certain situations. I feel very comfortable that I was not the only soldier to pray those kinds of prayers. I do understand today that GOD’s ways are much higher than my ways and that GOD always has a plan. I know that GOD protected me through those 22 months and 14 days knowing that I would one day surrender my life to HIS service, For the past 35 years I have sought to be the best servant in the ARMY of GOD that I possibly could be for HIS GLORY.

A couple months ago I was invited to return to Vietnam, not as a tourist but as a teacher. I was invited to teach Vietnamese Pastors. To be very honest I was BLOWN away with the thought of returning to a place that had left such huge scars on my life. I have accepted the call and now preparing myself for what I know will be a very emotional trip. I do pray daily that I forget about the things behind and just focus on being obedient to our HEAVENLY FATHER. I can’t think of a better way to honor my fallen buddies and friends than to serve our HEAVENLY FATHER in a place like Vietnam that has caused so much pain and suffering.

With all that said I need your help. This trip is very expensive and I certainly don’t have the funds nor does BWCM. I believe that BWCM money is intended for Nicaragua and would not even consider asking our board to fund this through BWCM. With that said would you prayerfully consider helping us to return to Vietnam and teach Vietnamese Pastors? If you want to send a check to BWCM and mark it for Vietnam it would be tax deductible.


By HIS GRACE, Donald