Here are two photos from a dinner in April 2016, held here at Fort Benning, GA. Pictured with us in the group photo is the Lauofo family, who received an award as “Volunteer Family of the Year,” presented at the dinner. Staff Sgt Lauofo volunteers as a pastor in one of our chapel services here. His wife leads the music in the service, and their son helps with the powerpoint. They have been serving our Basic Enlisted Trainees for 4 YEARS now, and over 200 attend this service each Sunday!! Every few weeks a new group cycles through, so imagine the hundreds – even thousands – they have shared the Gospel with over 4 years! It has truly been an honor to know and love them, and serve here at Benning with them, and we rejoice that they have been recognized for their exquisite volunteerism! Such an amazing testimony!
The other picture is of James with an officer in the Chilean Army. There are many foreign students and exchange officers here at Fort Benning. Since James is bilingual, he enjoys getting to know many of these Soldiers, and we consider it a rare opportunity to reach a mission field right here among us!
Thank you for praying for us as we serve our men & women in uniform here at Fort Benning, and their amazing families!
~ James & Elizabeth Schaefer
Greetings to all our Eagle Commission prayer partners!
We wanted to update you about our recent move (Nov 2015). After James received the wonderful news in October that he was selected for promotion to Colonel, the door was open for him to be assigned as the Installation Chaplain of Fort Benning, Georgia, with the 3rd largest Army Active Duty component in the States! We were amazed and greatly humbled by the workings of God through your prayers! We had spent 3 ½ years at Army Central Command, so it was hard to leave – we are so grateful for our time there, the boundless opportunities for ministry and the amazing friends God gave us while there. Now we are beginning a new stage in our journey in the “mission field” of the Military.
Gradually, we are getting to know folks and get familiar with all that goes on here, and my, have we been so amazed to see the ministries of all the Chaplains and Chapels here at Benning! It’s really thrilling! And to think we are now a part of it all! We are so very thankful for the prayers of many that God has used to bring us to this point! We pray that we are useful in His hands as servant-leaders for the growing of the family of God here at Fort Benning! Please pray for daily wisdom for James as he guides and mentors this group of Chaplains (about 40) and the decisions that must be made everyday that affect the lives of thousands of brand new Army recruits who come here to receive their training. It’s a huge responsibility, and your prayers are truly needed! Elizabeth needs wisdom, too, as she mentors the Chaplain Spouses group.
A note on our family – our son & and his family still live near Anchorage, AK, and little Abigail is now 2 ½ (and just too far from us!). Our daughter & her husband live in Warsaw, IN, and are enjoying life on the lake there. We were able to visit in IN this last year, and hope to make it to AK this year sometime.
We just thank each of you, our friends & family, for your wonderful prayer support which God has used to bring us to this point in ministry. May God bless you for such kindness, love and support!
James & Elizabeth