Claim: Battalion chaplain requests prayers for soldiers delivering voting machines and ballots in Iraq.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
As a transportation battalion, my unit will be delivering the voting machines and the ballots to villages and cities throughout Iraq during the upcoming elections.
I will pray with my soldiers before they leave on their convoys and move outside our installation gates here at Tallil. My soldiers are at the nerve center of the logistic operation to deliver the voting machines and election ballots. They will be driving to and entering the arena of the enemy. This is not a game for them it is a historical mission that is extremely dangerous. No voting machines or ballots. No elections. Your prayer support and God’s intervention are needed to give democracy a chance in this war torn country. Thank you for reading this
Thank you for your prayer support for me and my family. Stand firm in your battles.
Captain Lyle Shackelford
Origins: Captain Lyle Shackelford is indeed a real person, currently serving as a chaplain with the 57th Transportation Battalion.
Our attempts to contact Captain Shackelford about this item either bounced (due to an overquota e-mail inbox) or went unanswered, but his wife was kind enough to inform us that he did write the message quoted above, that his inbox has since been flooded with responses to his prayer request, and the Army had to issue him a new
Bobby Welch, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has also urged all Southern Baptists to “pray fervently for the upcoming elections in Iraq.”
Last updated: 28 January 2005