Friday, May 20, 2005

Still kicking

I apologize that I haven't posted in so long. I've found myself on the road a lot lately, and very busy with some change of missions that came down from higher. The optempo here goes from one extreme to another. I think the best description I've heard regarding the pace of life here is that, "there are long periods of boredom interrupted by brief moments of chaos and tragedy." Fortunatley there is nothing "tragic" at the moment, but there is plenty of chaos.

My last post really recieved a lot of attention, and I appreciate all of the tremendous feedback. Since that day I have found myself contemplating the plight of these children frequently. They truly are the hope of this nation. Our success or failure in shaping a brighter future for them will have tremendous implications for this entire region and ultimatley the world. I have a strong desire to find a way to do more for them, and I have some ideas I hope to share later. If you have some ideas, please let me know.

Until then...

john

6 Comments:

Blogger TheAnvil said...

Hello Mr. Upperman,,,

Or may I call You John? Well I picked out some movies to send to You,, for all the Guys today (Jason). I just wanted to say "Thanks " for putting some Human faces up for us to see back home.I have seen some things I wish I hadent seen( on the net).......( but which are real too! beheadings.)

I really dont know what to say anymore.....I have sat here for an hour typing and deleting.....I have tried to type many things tonight about school, history,life, being in the hospital,,,etc...............................but in the end it boils down to what I first prayed for at a bible study years ago,,,,,,that everyone, soldiers, Iraqi citizens, and even Iraqi soldiers would be protected and saved.

Pray for the enemy?,if we all did that then what?,,,,we would find that we( ourselves) are our own best enemy.

1:50 AM  
Blogger TheAnvil said...

Hello Mr. Upperman,,,

Or may I call You John? Well I picked out some movies to send to You,, for all the Guys today (Jason). I just wanted to say "Thanks " for putting some Human faces up for us to see back home.I have seen some things I wish I hadent seen( on the net).......( but which are real too! beheadings.)

I really dont know what to say anymore.....I have sat here for an hour typing and deleting.....I have tried to type many things tonight about school, history,life, being in the hospital,,,etc...............................but in the end it boils down to what I first prayed for at a bible study years ago,,,,,,that everyone, soldiers, Iraqi citizens, and even Iraqi soldiers would be protected and saved.

Pray for the enemy?,if we all did that then what?,,,,we would find that we( ourselves) are our own best enemy.

2:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS that was my first time bloging,,,,didnt mean to post twice,,,

ep417, rear gaurd.

2:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello John:

It is truely a blessing to see and hear how God is working through you and you commrades to bring love and hope to the children of that nation. I can see that the Lord is sustaining you and I know that you will do even greater works for the Kingdom because of this journey. Is there anything I can send you and/or the children of Irag? You and your family are always in our prayers.

Love,
Andrea and Alfred

7:55 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Hi there, I replied to your last post as well...my brother in law is deployed to Baquba and has a blog: chaplainracer.blogspot.com

Anyway, my husband spent a deployment in Iraq, and during the entire thing, whenever we'd pack a box to him...about 3 times a month...we'd pack the empty spaces with little things that he could give the kids. He's a medic, so he would go give immunizations and hand little toys, stickers, etc to the kids.

We struggled with the fact that he was never ever supposed to hand out any "religious material", but he had such a desire to do so. In the end, we never sent anything that had a strong Christian message to give out to the kids.

This probably hasn't been much help at all. Sorry. :) All I can say is with the absence of so much, the kids in Iraq appreciate everything. :)

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you get that quote " the life of an infantry man long periods of boredom interrupted by short periods of terror" from? My geology professor is making us find who originally said that quote...but its not Derek Ager he got it from some one else. please let me know!

8:23 AM  

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