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Trinity Encourages U.S. Soldier

When a fellow believer is in need, the body of Christ should respond quickly with prayers, support, and love. This was evident throughout the past week as students and faculty wrote encouraging notes to send to Sergeant Chris Fakkema in Iraq.

Sergeant Fakkema, brother of Trinity student Chad Fakkema ’09 of Chino, California, is currently stationed in Baghdad. He and his troops have been under attack for the past three weeks. 

“I think that it’s good that people are recognizing him just for doing his job,” said brother Chad, “and that’s how he looks at it, just a job.”

The Trinity community was given the opportunity to sign an oversized note that will be sent to Fakkema in Iraq.  It wasn’t long before the poster board was covered in notes, words of encouragement, and Scripture passages. 

“Thank you is just not enough for all that you do!  We appreciate your strength and loyalty and are praying for you and your men to come home soon and safe.”

Sargeant Chris Fakkema, Iraq“The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” Judges 6:12

“We thank you for doing what many of us are unable to do.  Thanks for preserving our freedom.”

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

“Thank you for being like Jesus and sacrificing for others! We are praying for you and your troops—for your safety and quick return home. There is power in prayer.”

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11

There are now over 150,000 U.S. troops serving our country in Iraq. The Trinity community joins thousands of others in supporting our troops through prayer and gestures of support, fulfilling God’s command to comfort and encourage one another.


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