SMDC hosts prayer luncheon
July 17, 2012
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Members of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command recently took time to come together and fellowship during a prayer luncheon
Chaplain (Col.) Douglas Kinder, USASMDC/ARSTRAT command chaplain, welcomed members of Redstone Arsenal to Von Braun III cafeteria meeting room as SMDC hosted its first initial quarterly prayer luncheon July 9.
"We are really pleased with the turn out today, we had just about every chair filled," Kinder said. "This is going to be the beginning of something great, and we hope people feel led to come to future luncheons."
Kinder's message for the day was "How to Apply Spiritual Resiliency in Your Life" and how, especially in the military, one's spiritual relationship can be a safety net as servicemembers face their many obstacles.
He also spoke of the command's plan to host quarterly prayer luncheons, not only at Redstone Arsenal but also in Colorado Springs, Colo., Fort Greely, Alaska, and the Kwajalein Islands.
"We are planning on doing these quarterly, and not just here, but we have come up with a comprehensive plan to have them quarterly in Fort Greely, Alaska, in Colorado Springs, and the Kwajalein Island," Kinder said. "We absolutely want people to come to these, and if we have to get a bigger meeting room, we will."
During the luncheon there were numerous guests who took the chance to come together with songs and scriptures from the Bible.
Members of SMDC leadership spoke of the fellowship shared and how these events give the SMDC workforce a chance to spend time together and share in their faith.
"Today's prayer luncheon was outstanding," said Col. Jimmy Jenkins, SMDC chief of staff. "The message that Chaplain Kinder gave was powerful, on target, timely and he delivered it in such a way that you can tell that it is not something he is just reading to you. It is something that he has lived, and he wants to share it with you.
As the prayer luncheon came to an end, one of SMDC's civilian team members said that the event was well worth the time, and she plans on attending them in the future.
"I thought this was great. It was very inspirational," said Amanda Sams, an intern with the SMDC Technical Center. "I took away that God is with you through all of the challenges in life, and as long as you trust him, you can do anything.
"People should come to the next one," she added. "I think it is great that they are going to do them quarterly, and I will definitely come back."