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A young soldier was in his bunkhouse all alone one Sunday morning
over in Afghanistan. It was quiet that day, the guns and the
mortars, and land mines for some reason hadn't made a noise. The
young soldier knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week. As
he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them
out across his bunk.

Just then an army sergeant came in and said, "Why aren't you with
the rest of the platoon?"

The soldier replied, "I thought I would stay behind and spend some
time with the Lord."

The sergeant said, "Looks like you're going to play cards."

The soldier said, "No sir, you see, since we are not allowed to
have Bibles or other spiritual books in this country, I've decided to
talk to the Lord by studying this deck of cards."

The sergeant asked in disbelief, "How will you do that?"

"You see the Ace, Sergeant, it reminds that there is only one God.

The Two represents the two parts of the Bible, Old and New

The Three represents the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

The Four stands for the Four Apostles: Matthew, Mark, Luke and

The Five is for the five virgins that were ten but only five of
them were glorified.

The Six is for the six days it took God to create the Heavens and

The Seven is for the day God rested after working the six days.

The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons
and their wives, in which God saved the eight people from the flood
that destroyed the earth for the first time.

The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy. He
cleansed ten but nine never thanked Him.

The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to
Moses on tablets made of stone.

The Jack is a reminder of Satan. One of God's first angels, but
he got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways and is now
the joker of eternal hell.

The Queen stands for the Virgin Mary.

The King stands for Jesus, for he is the King of all kings.

When I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 total,
one for every day of the year.

There are a total of 52 cards in a deck, each is a week, 52 weeks
in a year.

The four suits represents the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
and Winter.

Each suit has thirteen cards, there are exactly thirteen weeks in a

So when I want to talk to God and thank Him, I just pull out this
old deck of cards and they remind me of all that I have to be
thankful for."

The sergeant just stood there and after a minute, with tears in his
eyes and pain in his heart, he said, "Soldier, can I borrow that
deck of cards?"

Originator Unknown

Please let this be a reminder and take time to pray for all of our
soldiers who are being sent away, putting their lives on the line
fighting for us. Send this on so that we can have a multitude
praying for our people and our country.

God Bless America!

Items that our Soldiers need while in the Mid-East

If you know of anyone who has been deployed overseas consider sending them a package with any of the following items:

Batteries (AA, D cell) Tapes or CD's
Video's (non-pornographic) Travel Games (checkers, chess)
Puzzle Books (crossword, word search) Books
Magazines Playing Cards
Paper, Stationary Pens, Pencils
Wash Rags Shoe Insole Cushions
Hair Brushes, Combs Nail Clippers
Travel Sewing Kits Chapstick
Sunscreen Disposable Razors
Tooth Brushes, Toothpaste Tuna Lunch Kits
Zip Lock Baggies Dental Floss
Pop Top Canned Foods Mouth Wash
Baby Wipes Q-Tips
Eye Drops Saline Nasal Spray
Deodorant Hand Lotion
Cushioned Socks Cereal (Variety Pack - Small Boxes)
Ramen Noodle Soups Hot Chocolate
Powdered Iced Tea Mix (Sweetened) Foot Powder
Soap, Shampoo Instant Oatmeal
Granola Bars Canned Nuts
Instant Coffee Coffee Creamer (Powdered)
Beef Jerky Fly Swatters
Packaged Cookies Facial Tissues
Condiment Pkgs (ketchup, mustard) Individual Packets Tylenol, Advil
Toilet Paper Box of Moist Towelettes

The following items are prohibited from being sent over-seas. Please keep these in mind when shipping anything to our troops.

* Aerosol Cans
* Firearms and Pyrotechnics
* Flammable Liquids or lighters
* Any matter depicting nude or semi-nude persons, pornographic, or sexual items
* Alcoholic beverages or materials used in the production of alcoholic beverages (distilling material, hops, malts, yeast, etc.)
* Pork or pork by-products
* Any matter containing nonauthorized political material. This refers to material that could be used to impose our political view on the host country. It does not prohibit mailing a US flag or a picture containing a flag to a service member.
* Religious Material contrary to Islamic faith. This refers to material that speaks out negatively against Islam and material sent in bulk in an effort to convert or evangelize. It is acceptable to send a Bible or religious tapes or books to a service member.

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