Special Forces – Canoga Park, CA

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In the summer of 2010, I was visiting and explaining our ministry to some pastors in southern California who had Christian schools. My last meeting was with Pastor Tim Rasmussen. Since that time we have come to Faith Baptist Church in Canoga Park three times. This week was a busy week, and at times, I was not sure what the Lord … Read More

Special Forces – Kansas City, MO

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In 2013, the team’s last War of Special Forces of the year was the week before Thanksgiving at Eagle Heights Baptist Church. I remember that the last night we had freezing rain and sleet. For some reason we attempted to play one of the games outside. When we returned this year, the youth director told me that whenever he is … Read More

Special Forces – Pleasantville, IA

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This is the first time one of our teams was at Pleasantville Baptist Church in Iowa. We were encouraged with the good spirit in the church. They have built a new building on a new location and have a great opportunity before them. It was a blessing to get to know Pastor Potter. He joined us for many of our … Read More

Special Forces – Greenville, NC

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This is the fourth time since 2010 the team has been at Trinity Christian School in Greenville, NC and the fifth time overall. The first time I met Pastor Ken Cash was when we conducted the War of Special Forces in the 90’s while he was a youth pastor in Kinston. He has since come to be the pastor of … Read More

Special Forces – Deltona, FL

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Wow! What a week. We have enjoyed coming to Deltona Christian School and Faith Baptist Church now for several years every other year. It is always a blessing to labor with the Herchroders and now with Mike Foster who is an assistant there. One of the marks of the week was that there were over 50 salvation decisions and some … Read More

Special Forces – Orlando, FL

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Over the years our team has had the privilege of laboring at Tabernacle Baptist Church and Heritage Prep with the War of Special Forces. We have enjoyed laboring with Pastor Steve Ware and the youth pastor, Markus Secrist. They have been a great blessing! This year was no exception. Pastor Ware was on a mission’s trip this year to Africa … Read More

Special Forces – Statesville, NC

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A few weeks ago, Jamel Hamka contacted me about the team coming to his church and school to conduct the War of Special Forces. Quite a few years ago, I met Jamel doing the War of Special Forces at the church/school where he was youth pastor. I told him that we didn’t have an opening until 2019 unless he took … Read More

Special Forces – Greer, SC

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In 2013 the team came to Calvary Baptist in Greer for the first time. The team returned in 2015 and now again in 2017. Each time we have enjoyed working with the students. This time was no exception. The weather was challenging during the War nights. On Wednesday it rained hard while the teens played big ball volleyball. On Thursday … Read More

Special Forces – Arcadia, FL

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The team has had the privilege to come to Heritage Baptist Church in Arcadia for four years in a row. We appreciate so much Pastor Bedell and his wife and their burden for their mission field. This year we were thrilled to see over 30 teens respond to get saved at the Gospel invitations. May the Lord continue to work … Read More

Special Forces – Tampa, FL

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In 2007 the War of Special Forces came to West Gate for the very first time. It is hard to believe it has been 10 years since our first visit. We have come to love and appreciate these good people. If you are ever in Tampa, visit West Gate Baptist Church. One young man came all three nights, but didn’t … Read More