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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Shot Down Over Europe

By Scott Harrup
Oct. 31, 2010

Kenneth D. Barney served as a lieutenant with a crew on a B-24 bomber during World War II. One day, they flew over Romania on a mission to bomb some oil fields so the Germans would not be able to make fuel for their tanks and planes. But Lt. Barney and his crew were shot down. Two crew members were killed, but the rest parachuted to safety.

Lt. Barney was the only one who made it to the ground without being injured. “Thank God, He brought me through without a scratch,” he later said.

Lt. Barney and his companions were taken to a prisoner of war camp. It was tough being a prisoner, but he was happy to find that the Canadian Red Cross had placed some Bibles in the camp. Lt. Barney read the whole Book of Isaiah in one afternoon and the entire Bible in less than three months.

“After the war,” he said, “I didn’t bring back any Nazi helmets or guns as souvenirs, but I did bring back that Canadian Red Cross Bible. I wouldn’t part with it for any amount of money.”

Lt. Barney built his life on the foundation of God’s Word, and it supported him when he was in enemy hands and facing an uncertain future. He went on to become an ordained minister in the Assemblies of God. He served as a pastor and then as the editor of the Fellowship’s adult Sunday School curriculum. He also wrote many articles for the Pentecostal Evangel.

On Thursday of next week, November 11, the United States will observe Veterans Day. Veterans Day honors men and women like Lt. Barney who have made great sacrifices to protect our country. Do you have a relative in the Armed Forces or know a family with someone in the military? Maybe you could make a Veterans Day card for them or send one to someone serving overseas.

This Veterans Day, take time to remember and pray for veterans who have served and protected the United States as well as those presently in the Armed Forces who face danger so we don’t have to.

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