Peace and safety was on the minds of many people in Whitby, Ontario, when Hebron Christian Reformed Church hosted a community prayer service for troops around the world, particularly those serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
About 70 people spent an evening praying together for the military, their families, and for governments and countries. They also lit candles and listened to the personal stories of others.
Paul and Jacqueline Mack, whose son serves as a chaplain in Afghanistan, spoke from the parents’ perspective. Christine Caswell shared her experience of losing a son in combat.
Joey Buwalda, a member of Hebron CRC, said, “God’s sustaining love was evident from both speakers, and their honest reflections enabled the attendees to pray with informed empathy.”