Amber: Thank you so much for joining us today! It is an honor to have you visit. To start, could you tell us a little about yourself and why you chose to join the U.S. military?
Stephen: My name is Stephen Novak. I am a senior at Corban University majoring in Criminal Justice with the goal of a career in federal law enforcement. I desire to serve the Lord in my career. I joined the military because I wanted adventure and wanted to see the world. I wanted to serve my country as well and learn about the military.
Amber: What branch(es) of the military have you served in? How would you describe your overall experience?
Stephen: I served in the Army National Guard as an Infantryman. My experience was very good and worthwhile. I looked at the military as a huge witness field for Christ.
Amber: Could you share at least one of the ways you saw God working in your life during your term of service?
Stephen: Later on during my Iraq tour, I was able to lead my fellow soldiers in prayer before going out on missions.
Amber: Do you recall any lessons you learned about humility while in the military that we could also learn from?
Stephen: I learned that my way was not always the right way. There are a variety of ways to get a job done and it is not worth the effort sometimes to argue about who is right and who is wrong. Save your energy for the physical and spiritual enemy.
Amber: What are some of the needs you or other military men and women you know have? What are ways those of us on the "home front" (so to speak) could help meet those needs?
Stephen: I do know they need hygiene items. Q-tips are really handy as well as Baby Wipes. Good Gospel Tracts are perfect to send as well.
Amber: How can we pray for you specifically, as well as all those in the military?
Stephen: Pray for wisdom and guidance for leaders to make the right decisions at the right time. And to be leaders and make decisions. Pray for soldiers to stay alert and confident in their abilities and for God to help them recall information at the proper time.
Amber: Thank you for sharing with us today, Stephen!
And readers, please leave an encouraging comment for Stephen. This is a great opportunity to thank one of our military men for his service!