Two days before Thanksgiving, Jean and I visited a weekly Bible study at Schofield Barracks, HI. Led and hosted by a seasoned active duty couple, the group includes seven newly commissioned officers as well as a second mid-grade seasoned couple.
During group prayer time a young Second Lieutenant Military Intelligence officer said, “I have just taken leadership of my first platoon. I found in serving on the staff for the last few months that my limitations are less visible and that they only affect me. As a platoon leader though, my weaknesses affect soldiers. Pray for me to grow so I can lead them well.”
My immediate thought was, “This is what right looks like.” Let me explain.
That evening was a microcosm of our OCF Purpose: “To glorify God by uniting Christian officers for biblical fellowship and outreach, equipping and encouraging them to minister effectively in the military society.” It included:
- A seasoned couple giving their time and opening their home to serve others,
- Authentic fellowship focusing on scripture, prayer, and each other,
- Transparent sharing and vulnerability in an Christ-centered environment,
- Young leaders joining peers to grow in Christ and encourage each other,
- A new officer expressing her need of God’s power through her fellow believers’ prayers, and
- A selfless request that spoke of a primary concern for those she was called to lead.
One simple request from a platoon leader in one small group at one location on a single evening. But when multiplied over the weeks and miles of hundreds of Christian fellowships, just consider how the Spirit might work!