U.S. Army Major & Chaplain Jeff Struecker tells his personal story of survival on the battlefield in Mogadishu that inspired the movie Black Hawk Down. He joined the Military to transform the world but after that night he realized that there is only one force great enough to transform the world, Jesus Christ. He challenges us to transform the world through Jesus wherever we go.
- Joshua 1:9 ESV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
- Isaiah 41:10 ESV Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
- Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
- Matthew 28:20 ESV Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Transcript by Youtube:
I’m gonna give you a little bit of my story and I want to tell you how God used a few moments to totally transform my life and to send me in a direction that I would have never considered going and in fact the reason why I ended up in army chaplain today it’s because of just a few minutes a long time ago in Mogadishu Somali now to set the stage for you when I was 18 years old I was in my hometown and I had no idea what I was gonna do with the rest of my life so I went to talk to an army recruiter now I had what every 18 year old guy had on his mind when I was about to finish high school ladies it’s not what you’re thinking I really really wanted to transform the world and so I went to talk to an army recruiter and I said what is the toughest job in the army there was two guys in the room that day and there was an argument between these two guys and it was an argument about Special Forces versus Army Rangers and they started going back and forth about which one was actually apps it was actually the toughest and after a few minutes my recruiter convinced me that serving as an Airborne Ranger in the army was the toughest assignment that you could possibly do so I said okay how do I do that….