SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras (BP)--While scores of Southern Baptist military chaplains minister to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, others are serving faithfully in other hot spots, often in isolated regions.
In the mountainous heart of Honduras, for example, where the four military branches work together in drug interdiction, Chaplain (Maj.) Dan Thompson and Chaplain (Capt.) Paul Cartmill serve some 500 soldiers who are part of Joint Task Force-Bravo located at Soto Cano Air Base near Comayagua.
Even though enemy fire may not be as prevalent as in the war on terrorism in the Middle East, the troops in Honduras are on the front lines of efforts to stem the rising tide of illicit drugs entering the United States -- tantamount to another attack against the U.S., but much closer to home.
Thompson, 38, has served as a chaplain since 1996, first in the Navy and now in the Air Force. His military service began as an enlisted Marine. He's halfway through a six-month deployment to Honduras from Germany, where he's stationed and where his wife Erica and their three children are now based.
"Even though we don't have bullets flying over our heads, it's still important to make worship services and Bible study available to our military," Thompson said. "My vision is to enrich the spiritual fitness of Joint Task Force-Bravo, providing opportunities for our people to come to worship and study the Bible -- just as they could outside the military." Read More