Chaplain Brings Faith with Prayer

An Army Chaplain has made his mark by praying with soldiers before every convoy departs Al Asad, Iraq.  Chaplain (Capt.) Michael Lanigan is the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Chaplain.

“I come out here every night, this is exactly what I feel like God has designed me to do–to bring faith to the fight in a place where men and women just need encouragement.”  Lanigan said that he does not inspire with just his words, but with God’s words, and that he believes that is a powerful thing.

The Chaplain also notes that faith, not his position as Chaplain, is what the Soldiers seek.  The troops will often pray among themselves:

The great thing is that it is not just about me; a lot of the other Soldiers and platoons will choose someone with a strong faith to give their own prayer.

The Chaplain desires to serve his Soldiers, and provide them the reassurance that God is with them.

Lanigan believes there is a rewarding experience which exists in serving Soldiers, and said, “Anytime they can be reassured that God’s with them when they face difficult times, it is all good.”


  Photo credit: US Army Spc. Cory Grogan