Special Forces Week #8 Jacksonville, FL

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

Several years ago the team was at Victory Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL.  It was a privilege to return.  I was encouraged with the good spirit in the church.  Their pastor, Marty Massito, just retired and you could tell the Lord used his ministry there.  He was a former Army Ranger in Viet Nam so you know which team he … Read More

Special Forces Week #7 Check, VA

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

A few months ago Pastor Warren Brown contacted me because of a burden he had to reach the young people in his county.  As a result the team came to conduct a three night rally in Floyd County, Virginia.  We held the rallies right after school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the town of Floyd near the high school.  … Read More

Special Forces Week #6 Sumter, SC

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

In 1996 the War of Special Forces was conducted for the first time for an entire tour.  The team’s second week was in Sumter, SC.  The Lord did a lot things in hearts during that week.  A few years ago I met a former student who was serving the Lord who testified of God’s working in his heart during that … Read More

Special Forces Week #5 Fredericksburg, VA

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

This is the third time our team has had the privilege of being at Faith Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, VA. The former pastor Don Forrester, a blind man, has been used of the Lord to build Faith Baptist to what it is today. Pastor Watson Morgan is now pastor and we enjoyed working with him and his staff. The Marine … Read More

Special Forces #4 Salisbury, MD

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

This was the first time the War of Special Forces team was ever at Faith Baptist in Salisbury, MD. We were very encouraged with the good spirit and attendance on Sunday.  We enjoyed working with the teens there and the leadership.  Pastor Tim Binkley was the youth pastor and was a blessing to our team! On Monday the team had … Read More

Special Forces Week #3 Frederick, MD

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

In 1998, I came to People’s Baptist Church in Frederick, MD for the first time. Since that time the team has been back periodically.  This year we were greatly encouraged with all the Lord did in the hearts of the students as well as the good attendance each night of the War of Special Forces.  Pastor Ramler is traveled with … Read More

Special Forces Week #2 Edinburg, VA

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

In 2003 our team had to leave the Virginia coast because of an impending hurricane about to make landfall. We came to Valley Baptist church in Edinburg, VA. It is on the other side of the “Blue Ridge”. I had visited here on a Sunday morning passing through and was impressed with the church. After the hurricane, the next week … Read More

Special Forces Week #1 Beaver, WV

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

Ever since 1997, the Minutemen Evangelistic Team has had the privilege of periodically coming to Victory Baptist Academy in Beaver, WV. We appreciate Pastor Roberts and how the Lord has used him in this area. This year we had 106 on a high night. The energy for the competition was intense and although the Marine Recon had a slow start, … Read More

Special Forces Week #12 Yonkers, NY

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

Since the year 2007, the team has had the privilege of visiting Hudson View Baptist Church in Yonkers, NY every other year.  This year the church has a new pastor and it was a blessing to labor with him and the people of HVBC.  Pastor James Flowers was an assistant in Charleston, SC.  I had met him once before.  Although … Read More

Special Forces Week #11 Clinton, NC

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

In 2012 and in 2013 the team had the privilege of coming to New Life Baptist Church for the War of Special Forces.  Both of those times were in the fall.  This time we came in the spring.  There were no pecan trees yielding their tasty treats or cotton fields white with cotton, but there were great opportunities for another … Read More