The State of the Bible in the U.S. Military Community

God’s Word is a powerful force of comfort and strength for U.S. Service members and Veterans

Over the last few months, the latest State of the Bible 2020 report has provided our praying community with valuable insights on how to pray for increased Scripture engagement in America. This month, we invite you to pray for the U.S. Military community.

The latest chapter, Chapter 8: Scripture Engagement and the U.S. Military, reveals the importance of God’s Word for U.S. Service members and Veterans especially when they face unique stresses.

Amongst the data we learn:

  • One-third of Service members (33%) read the Bible at least once a week
  • When faced with traumatic events and other stressors, Service members and Veterans often seek help from chaplains and counselors
  • As deployments increase, service personnel are more likely to value a Military community that shares their religious faith

The research indicates that many members of the Military community turn to the Bible, their church, and their pastor or chaplain for spiritual and emotional support. That’s why providing God’s Word to Military communities so vitally important.

Helping Our Military Find Strength in Faith

Since its founding, American Bible Society has supplied more than 60,000,000 free Bible resources to Service members, Veterans, and their families, through the Armed Services Ministry. Today, we are still providing biblical resources for the over two million Americans who serve in the U.S. Military, and over 17 million Veterans of the Armed Services.

Here are three resources for active Military and Veterans:

  • Military Bible Challenge. A 75-day online Military Bible Reading Challenge to establish daily bible reading and engagement habits.
  • God Understands Video Experience. Eight different reading studies tackling the sacrifice of Military service.
  • Journey of a Military Wife. An online experience and study specifically for Military wives.

Praise God for the new, innovative ways his Word is being shared with the U.S. Military. We are praying that his Word will bring healing and comfort for every U.S. Service member, Veteran and their families. Will you join us?

Let’s Pray Together:

Father, we pray for every active duty Service member, Veteran, and their families to experience the peace and comfort found in your Word. We also pray that you’ll favor the work of chaplains, churches, and organizations serving the U.S. Military.

To get Chapter 8, Scripture Engagement and the U.S. Military, download your free ebook below.

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Nena Podbury
Nena Podbury

Nena Podbury is a Prayer Mobilization Associate at American Bible Society. Originally from the Bronx, she served in children’s ministry for 12 years doing Sidewalk Sunday School. Nena is married with two children, Noah and Emilia.

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