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Taking the gospel ‘behind the wire’

September 2019 | by Andrew Hill

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The Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA) is delighted to be placing two new Army Scripture Readers (ASRs) this autumn.

Tracey Blackwell and Chika Onugha were recruited last year. They have undergone theological training at seminary and also in the field with established Scripture Readers. They will now deploy to their operational posts.

SASRA has been bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to the men and women of our Armed Forces since 1838. Scripture Readers have worked in almost every operational theatre in the world.

In the Second World War they accompanied the British Expeditionary Force to France and were evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940. SASRA landed with the troops at Normandy in 1944, worked with the ‘Desert Rats’ (7th Armoured Division) in North Africa, and also served in the Far East.

SASRA has undertaken its gospel work around the world and has even been instrumental in establishing churches in Nepal. SASRA enjoys the profound privilege of ministering the gospel ‘behind the wire’, where the church is not free to go.

The ministry continues today, and it is the desire of the trustees to grow the work so that every individual serving in the British Army and the Royal Air Force can hear about the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Armed Forces comprise mostly young people (the average age of serving soldiers is 23), and up to 10,000 young people, mostly teenagers, are recruited each year. Most have never been to church or held a Bible.

The nature of their duties means that they need to be prepared for serious injury or death, have a robust moral compass for making difficult decisions under immense pressure, and have the resilience to cope with high-pressure scenarios.

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The only real answer to all these needs is the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord-willing, ASR Blackwell will commence her ministry in units around York. ASR Onugha’s work will be among units in the Midlands. Please pray for them as they take up their posts.

You should find a camouflaged envelope with your publication this month. If you would like to know more about our work, support us in prayer or support us financially then details are enclosed.

‘Pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the Word, to declare the mystery of Christ’ (Colossians 4:3).

Andrew Hill Executive Director of SASRA

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