LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Ron Nordan is not wielding arms on the front lines as American soldiers fight to wrench Iraq from the death-grip of a dictatorial regime.
But the U.S. Navy chaplain and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary graduate deals daily with both victories and casualties in the lives of those who are engaging in the war.
WICHITA, Kan. (BP)--Churches in Patrick Miller's hometown were celebrating April 13 after learning that their hometown hero had been rescued.
Army Pfc. Miller, 23, was one of seven prisoners of war rescued when U.S. Marines -- working on a tip from an Iraqi -- found the POWs in a prison just south of Tikrit, Iraq. They had been there for three weeks, wondering if they would survive, thinking about their families and contemplating death.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--They left behind their loved ones, their friends and their comfortable surroundings to liberate a country, dismantle a dictator and defend the freedom of their homeland, the United States of America.
WASHINGTON (BP)--President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair told the Iraqi people by television April 10 their country and freedom would soon belong to them.
"The nightmare that Saddam Hussein has brought to your nation will soon be over," Bush told Iraqi viewers. "You deserve better than tyranny and corruption and torture chambers. You deserve to live as free people. And I assure every citizen of Iraq: Your nation will soon be free."
An Iraqi, now living in Amman, Jordan, ponders the needs of fellow Iraqis in his homeland amid uncertain conditions in the wake of military intervention to end the regime of Saddam Hussein.
"American soldiers are dying to assure the political freedom of Iraq. As a Christian, I must ask myself, What am I willing to do for Iraq's spiritual freedom?" said John Brady, who directs Southern Baptists' work across the troubled region through their International Mission Board, based in Richmond, Va.
WASHINGTON (BP)--Hundreds of Iraqi citizens, helped by American Marines, toppled a huge statue of Saddam Hussein in the middle of Firdos Square in Baghdad April 9, bringing a symbolic close to nearly 30 years of the dictator's reign, while coalition forces continued to move closer to final victory in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
While placing a chain around the neck of the statue, Marines briefly covered the dictator's head with an American flag and then placed an Iraqi flag as a scarf around the neck before bringing the statue down. Iraqis then jumped and stomped on the statue, which had been erected last April 28 to celebrate Hussein's birthday.
Iraqis then pulled the head of the Saddam statue through the streets, CNN reported.
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--The battlefields of Iraq have become more of a mission field than Capt. Eddie Cook ever imagined.
Opportunities to share God's grace have uplifted even this firm believer -- who serves as chaplain and a master-rated parachutist in the 3rd Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division's 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment -- and helped him bring many fellow soldiers to Christ.
Members of the 3rd Battalion of the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment listen as chaplain Eddie Cook reads the Word of God. Photo by Tracy Wilcox, The Fayetteville (NC) Observer
He suddenly realized that though his previous silent prayers had been answered, God was waiting for him to speak up.
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--Jennifer Cook is used to life as an Army wife. She realizes the stresses and strains that come with the territory.
But Operation Iraqi Freedom is an addition to an already stressful time for Cook. Her husband, Capt. Eddie Cook, a 2002 Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary graduate, is a chaplain in the 3rd Battalion of the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment from Fort Bragg, N.C., currently deployed in the Middle East.