A Sheep's Journey Continues
Posted on November 17, 2020 8:00 AM by Ken Slaughter
In 1985, a 17 year old joined the Navy to become an Electronics Technician and Nuclear Reactor Operator. As he studied subatomic particle physics, he found himself absolutely in awe of the unparalleled design and perfect operation of what he knew to be basic building blocks of all matter everywhere. By the grace of God, he also came to know, love, and worship the Great Designer/Creator. That young man was me.
I was honorably discharged in 1991 following 6 years active duty. Christ had changed my life and I began following Him very intentionally. Over the years, I was often surprised and always pleased where He led me. I learned that I was most satisfied when I followed most closely. I thought my greatest surprise was when He called me to be a pastor. But after 17 years of pastoral ministry, God surprised me again: At age 53, I’m going back into the Navy, as an active duty Chaplain!
Not many 53 year olds sign up for active duty military. Even fewer have taken a 30 year break in their military career. Could I be the only one? Perhaps. But it doesn’t matter what others do. God has opened doors that were shut. He has made it abundantly clear that for me and my wife, this is what it means to follow Christ.
So, I’m resigning as the Prayer Encourager for CABA. Already, God has called someone to take this ministry into the future. Someone else will now experience the twin blessings of growing in prayer and encouraging others to do the same. If you are that person, contact me and Mark Snowden. I encourage you to faithfully follow the Great Shepherd. Talk with Him regularly. And finally, I encourage you to pray for me and the men and women of the Navy and Marine Corps. Pray that I will be an adequate encouragement to them… that they too, along with all of us… may follow our Great Shepherd wherever He may lead.
--Ken Slaughter has served as Prayer Encourager for CABA and pastors Mt. Repose Church, Milford.