Serve? Should it be a noun or a verb?
Well, GOOGLE says this:
Serve, the verb, could be when you serve your church by being on a committee OR to serve food at the church’s latest potluck dinner!
Serve, the noun, could be a serve in tennis.
There are other ways to serve, or to be served, such as a court summons–YIKES! Today, though, we are going to talk about serving others–as military, the police force, a firefighter, or any other first responder. In particular, I am about to tell you the real-life story of an amazing man who has served and continues to serve others.
Two weeks ago, I received an email from a retired United States Marine who served active duty for more than 10 years and 35 additional years in the Reserves (combat in Vietnam and Kuwait). He then went on to be a police officer. Twelve years ago he was ordained into the ministry but asked for no congregation. He asked this so that he would be free to serve where he felt the Lord was leading him. He has retired from 45 years in law enforcement and is now continuing to serve as a voluntary Police Chaplain and serves both military and law enforcement personnel and their families–in his words–in an effort to give back.
Chaplain (Col.) Ray R. Fairman, Ph.D, is this lifelong Marine and police officer–now Police Chaplain. He has been deployed to disaster scenes such as Hurricane Katrina and college shooting scenes like VA Tech and Northern Illinois as well as natural disasters. He encourages and counsels the first responders: police, EMT, fire, and national guard men and women.
Chaplain Fairman is absolutely committed to this ministry and has been giving away Bibles and other sources of inspiration and hope wherever he deploys. Most recently he ministered to over 1,300 school resource officers. (This is where the story comes around to My Inspiration Cards.)
A friend of mine is a School Resource Officer (SRO) and attended this conference in Florida a few months ago where she met Chaplain Fairman. She also happens to be a very talented artist and designed the backs of several decks of My Inspiration Cards--particularly the 2 decks I am about to mention.
This SRO handed Chaplain Fairman a deck of these cards at this conference in Florida. Well, let me tell you this–I was truly humbled to the core upon receiving Chaplain Fairman’s email telling me that he would like to provide these “guardians of our freedom” (as he calls the military and first responding personnel he meets) with decks of
“My Inspiration Cards.” In particular, he would like the Armor of God and Serve and Protect decks (that were designed to honor these military and service personnel) for his ministry–to hand out, along with the Bibles he supplies–to those who are helping the victims of tragedy. Can you imagine what those first responders see, deal, and cope with? I would imagine they need some inspiration, hope, and encouragement while processing all they encounter.
Each playing card of My Inspiration Cards has inspirational and uplifting scriptures. There are no jokers but 2 Angels in each deck–which also feature an uplifting scripture. Each deck comes in a nice acrylic case with a gold elastic band. The Armor of God deck has 15 different inspirational scriptures and the Serve and Protect deck has
6 different inspirational scriptures. Please visit the website for more information.
Since he finances his own ministry out of his personal retirement funds (or God’s funds as he refers to them), he cannot afford to give all military and first responders to whom he ministers a deck of these cards. I am hoping to be able to assist him in some small way; however, My Inspiration Cards is not large enough for me to be able to donate the hundreds of decks of cards he needs–though I would like to be able to do so.
In addition to the school resource conference, he encounters many opportunities and attends many projects during the year to use and hand out these cards–such as the disaster relief I mentioned earlier. Chaplain Fairman believes there will be about 800 officers at next year’s west coast training conference and would like to be able to give as many of those officers as would like, a deck of these inspirational playing cards. If you are interested in making a donation of a deck of cards–either Armor of God or Serve and Protect –to his ministry, we can make that happen for you.
If you wish, you may place an order through the website, MyInspirationCards.com/store and/or contact me. I will be happy to send Chaplain Fairman a deck for you along with your message of encouragement. I will send or email you the receipt for your records.
As I write this, I am sitting here at the computer marveling at how God works to put people in our lives. He put my artist friend, the SRO, in my path who then put Chaplain Fairman in that same path. The decks that she designed for My Inspiration Cards are Serve and Protect, Armor of God, Anchored in Christ, Fully Rely on God (this deck is particularly great for children), and Praise. There are other decks available such as Faith, Hope, Blessings, Old Testament, and Rejoice that make wonderful gifts for any occasion.
Chaplain Fairman is an amazing volunteer Police Chaplain with a very inspirational ministry. After he got in touch with me, I wanted to help but unfortunately I don’t have unlimited resources; in fact, they are very limited. I thought about this and prayed about it. My husband and I are going to do what we can and send him a deck or two of cards. Would you like to help him spread some inspiration to school resource officers, first responders, military personnel, and those he meets along his path? Each deck is just $10 and comes in a nice acrylic case with a gold elastic band.
If you would like to help, just visit the website/store and check out with PayPal or other means that are offered. You will have the opportunity to “add special instructions to the seller” during checkout. Simply indicate that these cards are for the Chaplain’s ministry and I will take care of the rest. You can print your PayPal receipt there or I will be happy to send/email you one. You may also leave a note of encouragement for him during this checkout.
If, however, you would like some of these cards for yourself, no problem! I will be happy to mail them to you free of shipping charges. Simply go to the website here–or use the link in gray at the top of this post that says Shop for Cards–to place your order.
If you would like to read more of what this former Marine, Police Officer, and Chaplain is all about, his website is www.rayfairman.com.
For all the men and women who serve our country and those who wait patiently at home, I salute you and hope this is a small way to honor you.
Hmm. . . Serve. . .
Let’s make it a verb and
do what we can to spread the Lord’s love!
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