A powerful video of nearly 500 US Marines at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California declaring “there is no God like Jehovah” in an inspiring rendition of the Christian worship song “Days of Elijah”, takes Internet assault.
Merrie Pardee Baldwin, the Christian volunteer who first posted the Marine Worshipers video on her Facebook page on Sunday, told the Christian Post in an interview Friday that she hoped the video would inspire Americans to pray for the Marines, which many are worried about. the situation with ISIS in the Middle East.
âI’m really happy that this video has gone viral, but what I hope is that I want people to pray for our troops. That’s my intention. I want more people to pray for our troops because that there is so much bad news in the media that I want people to see something positive, âshe continued.
âWe are doing prayer request cards with them and the majority of them are very concerned about ISIS right now,â she added.
Merrie is a member of Arbor Christian Fellowship Church in Lake Forest, Calif., And has volunteered at Camp Pendleton worship services every second Sunday of each month with her husband, Jim, for the past two years. Services, billed as âFaith Warriorsâ, take place every Sunday evening.
She explained that the video was taken last Sunday. In the video, the Marines sing the lyrics to the song in unison while raising their hands in praise and shouting “Oorah!” to points.
Merrie said the idea of ââvolunteering for worship services is a spinoff from a Christmas activity they used to run on base.
âMy church, we used to go to Camp Pendleton at Christmas. We had an AWANA program (like the Christian version of the Boys and Girls Club) in our church. We would go there and bring gifts at Christmas for the guys from a company called LIMA Company, those were Marines who had been injured in training, âshe said.
âWe were bringing care packages just to cheer them up. And the kids, my husband and I loved going, so we asked what else we could do, and found out they had this service. every Sunday night called Faith Warriors. We were assigned the second Sunday of the month, âMerrie explained.
Since having the opportunity to help, Merrie, who works in federal law enforcement and whose father was in the Air Force, has taken the opportunity to help very seriously.
âEvery other Sunday we go down and the Saturday before I bake thousands of cookies. So I bring cookies with me because most guys are homesick and their mom or wife misses him,â he said. she declared.
âI give them a bag of cookies and we have the church service, and my husband and I stand in the back and we’re just there available if they need advice or just want to talk to someone because they’re homesick or to pray with them, âMerrie explained.
âFor me, I’m a military kid. My dad was in the Air Force, and I work in federal law enforcement for the Treasury Department; and to me, that’s just a way of saying ‘thank you’ to these guys, âshe said. noted.
âThe sacrifices they make to serve our country amaze me a bit, so I’m honored when I can say thank you,â she added.