Bibles, Bullets and Borscht - A U.S. Chaplain and the Ukraine Military

Bibles, Bullets and Borscht - A U.S. Chaplain and the Ukraine Military

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In the early 1990s, R. Glenn Brown, retired pastor and military chaplain, was at a crossroads. After half a century of ministry, he was a still-vibrant man with a desire to continue serving God. But, he did not know what to do with his "retirement years." He turned to the booming California real estate market, thinking to supplement his pension with lucrative transactions, but found this endeavor frustrating and unfulfilling. Asking God to show him "what to do," he was unprepared for the answer.

Ukraine, recently liberated from Soviet oppression, was reaching out to the West for direction with its newfound freedom. A Ukrainian general wished to learn how Christianity might replace Communism as a behavioral guide for his command and was looking for a retired U.S. military chaplain who could give instruction. R. Glenn Brown's experience fit the bill exactly, and he was contacted by an American missionary who gave voice to the summons that echoed St. Paul's "Macedonian call."

As this book goes to press, Rev. Brown, in his late eighties, is making plans for his 38th trip to the Ukraine. Twenty-two years of service to the Ukrainian military and region at large, have established an orphanage, servicemen's Christian centers, a school for Gypsy children, and support for local churches. This is the story of an amazing example for all who find themselves wondering, "What do you do when you don't know what to do?"

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert Glenn Brown was an ordained Assemblies of God minister for over 50 years and is now associated with Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches. A retired Navy Chaplain, he served in the United States Army, Air Force and with the Marines. He pastored for nineteen years in the U.S. and since 1993 has traveled regularly to Eastern Europe establishing an orphanage and ministering to the local military. Brown is a graduate of the University of Denver, Princeton Seminary, Denver Seminary and the Navy Senior Chaplains' School. He and his wife Donna live in Sequim, WA.

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