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Visitors to the Expo have a chance to write inspiring messages on bibles that will be shipped to service men and women deployed overseas.

An American Idol star performed at the American Bible Society event.

At the Sunbelt Ag Expo, James Williams of Perry, Florida wrote an encouraging message inside a bible that will go to a deployed soldier.

What did you write?

"Thanks for all that y'all do and the sacrifices y'all make," said Williams.

The bibles signed are being loaded on this military truck to be shipped to service men and women around the world.

As folks wrote inspiring messages, former American Idol contestant Krista Branch sang her hit "I am America" and other patriotic songs.

"I think soldiers have a particularly hard time dealing with certain things so what better resource than to give them the word of God," said Branch.

American Bible Society Organizers say they have 15,000 bibles.

"The pastors in Moultrie, Georgia a ground swell of activity have already signed 3,400 bibles," said retired Col. James Puchy and executive director of national ministries at the American Bible Society.  "Their churches have done that but we're hoping the wonderful folks at Sunbelt are going to sign the rest of those 15,000."

"It's a great cause for the troops and what they do for us," said Williams.

He hopes you'll stop by the tent and an encourage a deployed member of our armed forces.

In the 1860s, the American Bible Society provided Civil War soldiers with pocket-size copies of the Bible.

Now it provides customized Bible for each branch of the Military.

Here's a press release with more information:

Oct. 18-20: South Georgians Offer Deployed Soldiers Hope on the Battlefield

Sunbelt Ag Expo Attendees Join American Bible Society & American Idol Star Krista Branch to Help Soldiers Deal with the Pressures of War

 

MOULTRIE, Ga., Oct. 17, 2011—During the Sunbelt Ag Expo Oct. 18-20, attendees will have the opportunity to help troops battle the fear, despair and loneliness of war by sharing a message of hope, encouragement and comfort. American Bible Society, a first-time exhibitor, is inviting Sunbelt attendees to place a note of encouragement inside camouflage Bibles to be sent to deployed troops across the globe. The American Bible Society tent is also hosting American Idol alum Krista Branch, who will perform patriotic songs to honor those currently serving our nation.

"It is the greatest honor to provide Bibles to those who give so much to protect our nation and our freedom," said Retired Col. James Puchy, executive director of national ministries, American Bible Society"I know firsthand of the incessant and unsettling pressures of military life, and how only God's Word can help when faced with the trauma, grief and physical injuries that are all too common on the battlefield."

Of the 1.6 million service members who have been deployed since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began in 2001 and 2003 respectively, one in five will return home with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. The Bible provides a message of hope during these times of intense need.

Almost since its founding, American Bible Society has offered the hope of God's Word to those in military service. In the 1860s American Bible Society provided Civil War soldiers pocket copies of the Bible. Today, it provides customized Bible resources for each branch of the U.S. Military.

 

WHAT:
Sunbelt Ag Expo attendees will sign camouflaged Bibles to be given to active military deployed across the globe. All are welcome to visit the American Bible Society booth to participate in this free activity and hear American Idol Star Krista Branch perform. In addition, Heritage Church (Moultrie) will host a free concert featuring Krista Branch Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

WHO:
One of the nation's oldest nonprofits, 195-year-old American Bible Society is partnering with the Sunbelt Ag Expo and local churches including Heritage Church in Moultrie to provide Bibles with notes of encouragement to chaplains for deployed military personnel.

WHEN:
Oct.18-19, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET 
Oct. 20, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

WHERE:
Spence Field, 290-G Harper Boulevard Moultrie, GA 31788;
American Bible Society booth at C-13

MORE DETAILS:
SunbeltExpo.com

 


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