by: Erica Bryant Updated:
WAXHAW, N.C. - A care package sent last year to servicemen and women overseas sparked a mission that's growing.
A bible inside that shipment really touched one soldier.
The voicemail from an anonymous serviceman overseas sparked a new ministry for Rev. Donnie Crump.
“You could tell in his voice it meant so much to receive a bible and God told me we need to send Bibles to these soldiers,” said Crump.
Crump and other members of Howie Baptist Church in Waxhaw are now packing a shipment of 2,500.
They have sent Bibles to U.S. military members as far away as Egypt and Afghanistan.
Cameron Havey just returned from serving in Afghanistan. He remembers receiving the Bible and the impact of war.
“I have a lot of guys with what they have seen and heard makes them want to turn away from God. They ask, ‘how can God let that happen?’” Havey said.
He is helping to send this next batch to his unit, which was just deployed again without him.
“They don’t have church on Sunday. They work every day and night, never have a break and having a Bible, to them, would mean the world to them,” Havey said.
Church members write personal messages inside.
Crump said compared to what veterans give us, this is a small token, but with a powerful message of faith.
“They are fighting for our lives and we’re here at home fighting for their lives and we want to see them come home and receive the message of the love of Jesus Christ,” Crump said.
For more information on Bibles for soldiers, click here.