Strength for Service

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Overview

Strength for Service to God and Country on display

Before it went out of print, more than one million copies of Strength for Service to God and Country were distributed during World War II and the Korean War.

Fifty years later, Evan Hunsberger was inspirited by his grandfather’s worn copy and republished the book as his Eagle Scout project in 2002.


While many World War II veterans reported dhow the original book carried them through difficult days and years following the war, it was underestimated how much the pocket-sized books would be appreciated today.

 

“Soldiers like the format and they like the way in which it ties them to pat generations. Patients and staff find the book just as uplifting today as it must have been for men and women in World War II and the Korean War. The books continue to touch more souls every day.”

Major John L. Kallerson, senior chaplain
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC


After publishing more than 460,000 copies, the Strength for Service team introduced a second volume, Strength for Service to God and Community, a book written for professionals and volunteers who serve as first responders.


Strength for Service to God and Community coverWe often forget that after families and friends of victims have been rescued, comforted orconsoled, it is often our first responders who need emotional and spiritual support.


Strength for Service to God and Community provides spiritual encouragement and emotional strength for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and all those who are engaged in the service of others in time of greatest need.


The Rev. Dr. Daniel G. Tackett, director of the International Police and Fire Chaplains Association, said the book will be an important tool for police and fire chaplains.

  • Strength for Service Facts

    Below are some interesting facts about Strength for Service and the impact it continues to make in the lives of our military.

    • Since 2002, Strength for Service has been distributed to more than 400,000 people.
    • Strength for Service’s website includes the devotionals from the book.
    • In 2008, more than 35,000 books were distributed, proving the need for Strength for Service continues to be great.
    • Strength for Service has partnered with a variety of military service organizations to increase distribution of the books to our nation’s troops.
    • Strength for Service is a member of America Supports You, a Department of Defense program recognizing citizens' support for our military and communicating that support to members of our Armed Forces and their families, at home and abroad.
    • Strength for Service’s team travels to events informing chaplains about the book and the support of churches and individuals to provide it to the military free of charge.

    “In the past few hours, I showed the devotional online to a fellow chaplain who is leaving tomorrow for northern Iraq for 15 months. He was excited about the prospect of getting some of the Strength for Service devotional guides. He will join his unit that just arrived in Iraq and whose commander is a previous parishioner of mine. He is requesting 100 to 120 of the devotionals for the three hundred troops he will be caring for driving convoys from Turkey to Baghdad.”

    Captain Steven Lambert, chaplain
    U.S. Army, Alaska
  • The Goal

    Help us give a copy of the Strength for Service to God and Country daily devotional to every active duty member of the United States Armed Forces. You can participate in the effort to underwrite the publication and distribution of one million copies of this historic book.

    Strength for Service has proven to be a real blessing to my husband, Bill, who is proudly serving in our armed forces stationed in Kuwait. He has shared the book with some of the other men in his unit and the chaplain now uses my husband’s copy every day when he prays with the helicopter pilots as they prepare to make their flights.”

    Deborah Johnson
    Hiram, Georgia
  • Domestic Distribution

    Many scout troops and other community organizations also distribute the books to police, firefighters, paramedics, prison guards and other public servants in their local communities. Discounts for bulk purchases have made this effort affordable.

    “Thank you and all who have contributed to publishing Strength for Service. You have touched many lives in a positive, faith-promoting way. Please continue the good work. God bless and simper fidelis.”

    Chaplain Lieutenant Stuart
    101st Airborne, Fort Campbell, Kent.
  • Special Editions

    For large quantity orders (10,000 or more copies) special bindings with type or logo of a sponsoring church or organization may be added to the stamping on the cover. Call 866-297-4312 for information.

    “I really appreciate the copies of Strength for Service to God and Country! I work with basic training soldiers––as well as drill sergeants and some other soldiers. I get many requests for religious reading material––especially since the basic training soldiers aren't allowed to read other materials––so this book really helps. It is a great durable book that can go anywhere with them.Thank you for this ministry you provide for our soldiers. It is a real blessing, and can certainly have great eternal value!

    “May God Bless each of you involved with the Strength for Service project.”

    Captain Doug Hoover, chaplain
    2-10 Infantry Battalion
    Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Make a Tax-deductible Contribution

Strength for Service Publication Fund
General Commission on United Methodist Men
PO Box 440515
Nashville, TN 37244-0515
(615) 340-7145

Ordering Information

For orders of 1-24 copies order from Amazon.com

For ordering quantities of 25 or more:

  • Toll free: 866-297-4312
  • Online: www.StrengthforService.org
  • By Mail:

    GCUMM
    PO Box 440515
    Nashville, TN 37244-0515

  • Strength for Service to God and Community order form (PDF) - $7 plus S&H*
  • Strength for Service to God and Country - $5 plus S&H*

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