"Almighty God, we pray these things and ask your blessings from this kingdom as we await your eternal kingdom on earth. Amen."
Chaplain Jack Miller delivered this devotional to a mixed group of celebrants-both Christians and Muslims. This balancing act between politics and faith was only a small part of Miller's duties as the sole chaplain in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In Kingdom Collision, West Virginian pastor and doctor of divinity Jack Miller presents an engaging account of his five-month deployment as chaplain of the 64th Air Expeditionary Group, part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Chaplain Miller vividly charts his path from first realizing the danger he was in to forming strong, meaningful relationships with his staff, the personnel who came to him for worship and advice, and his community. Along the way, Miller helped soldiers cope with devastating news from home, worked with an underground Christian church to bring aid to those in need, and lived under threat from the Muslim secret police-in Saudi Arabia, propagating Christianity is punishable by death.
Miller began his deployment daunted by the spiritual weight of his mission as chaplain. He ended his duty having performed the most baptisms of any chaplain in the history of Eskan Village Base, where he was stationed. Kingdom Collision is full of the lessons Miller knows it is his responsibility to share: "Liberty is not a privilege given by a government to its subjects; liberty is a human right, a gift given by the hand of Almighty God. Lest we forget."