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Why do ALERT men shout “Strong to serve, sir!” when they are called to attention? In Matthew 20, Jesus called his disciples to follow his example, and serve those around them. “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” Matt 20:28 ESV. Developing a servant’s heart is part of becoming like Jesus. When we go on deployment, we get to serve hurting, needy people and show them the love of Christ in a tangible way. This often brings the opportunity to share the gospel, and many times we have had the privilege of seeing someone turn to Christ as their Savior. Service is one way we can each be like Christ and faithfully answer His call to “make disciples of all nations.”

Stand strong,

Captain Phillip Vanderford

ALERT Battalion Commanding Officer