Operation Soldier Care was represented at the Kingdom Missions on January 27 and 28.
Our very devoted OSC volunteers Leta Langavin, Shelly Foulke, Lora Jones and Tina McIver did a great job over the weekend representing the OSC mission. Many people stopped by to see what we do and how we have been helping the troops over the years.
Thank you ladies for your dedication. Mission accomplished!
The OSC Ministry is pleased to report the stats for our care packages for November and December 2017, in addition to the January 2018 mailing.
During these three months we continued to send packages to 43 troop members deployed to the following countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, Kuwait, Poland, Qatar, South America, Germany and the South Pacific.
Our shipment breakdown had a total of 241 boxes going out, which included 36 bibles and 286 tracts. With the Christmas holiday we tend to have higher numbers for cards and letters. A total of 1,020 cards and letters went out during this time. We also shipped 60 handmade Christmas stockings with candy in the December’s boxes to the troops. They are always a big hit too!
These shipments weighed in at a total of 2,773 pounds with a cost of $12,167 with funds to spare.
This has all been done with the help of faithful partners, BLG’s and individuals who have given time, money and talent to support our ministry.
A big thank you to everyone and I give praises to God for all that He’s done!
Each Christmas we have faithfully sent Christmas stockings to the troops. This mission could not be so successful without the very talented hands of Laura and Lauren Paul, along with their friends and family members. Year after year the troop care packages and stockings count has fluctuated, but Laura and Lauren’s steadfast faithfulness has not.
For Christmas 2017 they crafted 60 handmade stockings for our troops overseas. The sight of them all hanging was too amazing not to share.
Thank you ladies for using your gifted hands to support our troops at Christmas. This is a blessing not only to our soldiers but to our OSC Ministry here at First Baptist Church Naples.
Dear Operation Soldier Care,
We received our first 4 packages today!!!! The Airmen loved them. Please thank the kind people of the church for us and continue to lift us up in your prayers.
I am myself a “Born Again” Christian and Southern Baptist. We were super happy to hear that Operation Soldier Care and the First Baptist Church of Naples was spearheading this endeavor.
SMSgt. Richie and 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
The OSC Ministry is pleased to report that the 118th shipment for the troops went smoothly and was a huge success. All of the care packages have arrived to their final destinations in the following countries: Afghanistan (55), Iraq (12), Korea (1), Kuwait (3), Poland (2), Qatar (3), South America (3), Germany (1) and South Pacific (1).
Our shipment breakdown had 81 boxes going out with letters, 15 bibles, 92 tracts, and each had a “Stars For Our Troops” that was supplied by the Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute http://www.msawi.org/
A big thank you goes out to American Gold Star Parents, Len and Esther Wolfer for the “Stars For Our Troops” and to OSC volunteer and Blue Star Mother, Joan Colosimo for her coordinating efforts.
American Gold Star Parents, Len and Esther Wolfer are the proud parents of MAJ Stuart Adam Wolfer who was KIA on April 6, 2008 in the Green Zone, Baghdad, Iraq
The shipment weighed in at 932 pounds with a total cost of $3,857 with funds to spare for our remaining three shipments for 2017. This will be helpful when it comes time to send our final shipment out at the end of November for Christmas. All the financial help this year has really made a big difference.
But wait, there’s more good news! There were two milestones OSC had reached in August 2017. The first milestone is that for this packing session we officially had adopted our 1,300th soldier. That’s hard to believe, but so very true. As troops returned home others have gone out and the names had continued to come in. Our list keeps growing too!
The second milestone happened on August 23, 2017. On that day Operation Soldier Care celebrated 14 years as a ministry of FBCN. Yes you read that right. Fourteen years! We could not have accomplished this milestone without all the help of faithful partners, BLG’s and individuals who have given time, money and talent to support our ministry. You all have been a blessing to our troops. You all have touched lives all over the world. Because of you I am so very grateful, and wish everyone many blessings in return for their generosity.
At this moment in time I am feeling thankful and give praises to God for all that He’s done! Amen.
The Wolfer family has not allowed their son, Stuart’s, voice to be silenced. The Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute (MSAWI) was established so that his legacy of leadership, commitment to his country and community service will continue to live on and to inspire future generations of children, adults and leaders. The MSAWI website can be found at http://www.msawi.org
MSAWI has a special project that is truly touching lives in a beautiful way. Their “Stars For Our Troops” project takes worn, used American Flags and turns them into a prized possession for our Armed Forces and Veterans. They are using the “stars” from retired flags and giving them to our troops and Veterans as a special recognition for what they are doing or have done for our country. Stars are being created and distributed by the 100’s.
Each star is placed in a protective sealed bag with a note to the soldier or Veteran. The note reads:
“ I am part of our American flag that has flown over a home in the U.S.A. I can no longer fly. The sun and wind have caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that you are not forgotten.”
For the August 12, 2017 Operation Soldier Care packing session OSC volunteer & Blue Star Mother, Joan Colosimo, coordinated Stars For The Troops to be placed in all of the care packages going out to our deployed soldiers and Marines. This was a first for OSC and we hope to do it again in future packing sessions as new soldiers get added to our packing list.
Our care packages have successfully arrived to their destination points. We pray that the troops will be blessed by this beautiful gesture of “Stars For Our Troops” from Len and Esther Wolfer. We also pray that the Wolfer’s commitment to our troops continues to spread and inspire future generations.
God bless and many thanks to Len and Esther and to Blue Star Mother Joan Colosimo for a successful mission accomplished!
By His Grace,
The OSC Ministry is pleased to report that the shipments for 115th, 116th and 117th packing for the troops were a huge success. All of the care packages have arrived to their final destinations in the following countries: Afghanistan, Diego Garcia, Iraq, Korea, Kuwait, Poland Qatar, South America and Yemen. Amen and blessings to our troops on foreign soil!
Our shipment breakdown had 198 boxes going to Army troops, 19 boxes to Marines, 6 boxes to our Navy troops, and 19 boxes to USAF troop members.
In the 242 care packages we included 24 bibles, 302 tracts, and 242 cards and letters. Each care package definitely helps lift the troops spirits as they serve our country away from family and friends.
All together the three shipments weighed in at 2,783 pounds with a total cost of $10,872.00 with funds to spare for our remaining 2017 shipments.
Please continue to pray for our troops as the heat of the summer is upon them. Work can’t be easy so prayer is a definite need at this time.
Until next time, we continue to give all the praise and glory to God as He provides for our troops! In Jesus name we pray.
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