Two have been added to the roster of Grace Brethren chaplains, according to Larry N. Chamberlain of the Eagle Commission, the organization that serves as a strategic link between Grace Brethren people and military chaplains around the world.
Captain John Arnoldbik just completed Chaplain Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Jackson and is being assigned to Fort Lewis, Wash. He will be joining a combat brigade that is scheduled to deploy to Iraq in August. John is ordained by Grace Community Church (Don Shoemaker, pastor), a Grace Brethren church in Seal Beach, Calif. Pray for the Arnoldbik’s as they move to Fort Lewis and as he prepares for his deployment overseas.
John and his wife, Jensen, is pictured above with Pastor Don Shoemaker at the Chaplains Appreciation Dinner at the 2008 annual conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.
1/Lt Charles Pridgen, ordained by the Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Ind., was approved this month by the accessioning board for active duty in the U.S. Army. Charles sent this note upon receiving the good news of his selection: “I cannot express in words how my family and I are feeling at this moment — overjoyed would be an understatement. I know that you all share in this joy with us. On behalf of my family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you who persevered and prayed for and with us during this long journey. I know in reality that the journey has only just begun. I will keep you all posted as more news becomes available. Please feel free to spread the good news far and wide. God does hear the prayers of the Saints and good things come to those who wait upon the Lord. ( Isa. 40:31).”
Pray for Charles and Ada (pictured at right) and the children as they move to Fort Riley, Kan., following Chaplains School at Fort Jackson.