What stared out as a special request for K-cups and Tide pods quickly shifted to Operation Kind Bars; a special request for something healthy, delicious and portable. I wished I could give more details, but I must adhere to OPSEC (Operations Security).
With a deployment of 6 months for the 12 Airmen we adopted, I wanted to be sure they received a minimum of at least one package from home each week they are deployed. Because of the outpouring of love and support, that goal was reached, and then some! Praise God!
Unfortunately, I did not expect so many roadblocks with the mail. I have been sending packages of hope for nearly 10 years and this is my first experience with delays and roadblocks; which quickly began delaying their packages. Instead of the boxes flowing in every 10-12 days, the packages were being held up and delivered all at once, causing their limited space for storing personals to reach their maximum capacity. Because of situations beyond our control, our Airmen have had to ask us to cease all future boxes. This broke my heart! I know how much these packages mean to each and every one of them and I was a little disappointed that the plans I thought were God’s weren’t.
With nearly 15 additional boxes already packed, ready to ship, and needing a home, I began asking all of my contacts if they knew any military personnel that could use them. I stand in awe how God used 12 deployed Airmen to bless other troops across the Middle East and back home. Two boxes were sent to a Soldier at Fort Carson , one box went to a member of our church family also serving in the Middle East, and the remaining boxes will be distributed throughout the Middle East thanks to the contact my son in law (a Marine) gave me. God is so so GOOD! Our boys were happy to hear that because of their special requests, other troops will now be blessed.
“The heart of man plans his ways, but the Lord establishes his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9
Again, thank you for the love, honor, care, and support you continue to show towards our troops! Packages of Hope would not be possible without your love and support! Please continue to pray for our troops and our leaders.
“Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did unto me.” – Matthew 25:40
Below are pictures of some of the boxes we sent out. Most of the Tide Pods had already shipped before I was able to take a photo, but we shipped tons of Tide Pods.
With a Grateful Heart,
Lisa Marie Barrett, Director