The 2nd Annual ‘Faith and Hope Community Breakfast’ took place in Rapid City on Thursday, March 28. The program’s MC and FHA Executive Director, Dale Bartscher, believes that, “This year it is imperative that we rally our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and church to join in public prayers—seeking healing and blessing for our nation—practicing, protecting and preserving our freedoms to gather publicly to worship and pray.” This is what #440 West River friends did as they gathered that morning at 6:30 a.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn for breakfast, fellowship, prayer and an inspiring program.
Our guest speaker was Lieutenant General “Jerry” Boykin (Ret.) who spoke on the theme “God loves a warrior”. With a mix of humor and spiritual urgency he shared how his faith helped him survive major battles, rescue missions and a personal sever injury. He caught everyone’s attention when in a moment of intensity he said, “We must live our faith, and we cannot compromise. Want to create a strong foundation in your children? Let them see you pray.”
He currently serves as the Executive Vice President of the Family Research Council in Washington, DC. Previously he served at the Pentagon as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, overseeing the gathering of intelligence during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
LTG Boykin had a distinguished military career that began in 1971. He was one of the original members of the US Army’s Delta Force and was privileged to ultimately command these elite warriors in combat operations. He participated in operations around the world, beginning with Desert One, the failed 1979 mission to rescue American hostages held in Iran after the Islamic revolution that toppled the shah. He participated in the invasions of Grenada and Panama in 1983 and 1989 respectively, accepted the surrender of Manuel Noriega and headed the chase to capture Colombian drug czar Pablo Escobar in 1992. In 1993, he clashed with Muslim warlord Osman At-to in Somalia, chronicled in the film Black Hawk Down. LTG Boykin ultimately served as the Commander of the US Army Special Forces Command.
His memoir, Never Surrender: A Soldier’s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom, was released in 2008.
LTG Boykin continues to support our military and promote a strong national defense as a board member with Freedom Alliance, and he encourages patriotism and public service as a board member with the Joe Foss Institute.
His most important mission is as an ordained minister and Founder/President of Kingdom Warriors, a non-profit ministry that encourages Christians to be bold in their faith.
Prior to the LTG Boykin’s presentation those in the room bowed their heads and lifted their hearts in prayer. We prayed for our community, state and nation as we prayed through the ‘7 Centers of Influence’ —
- Prayer for Government
- Prayer for the Church
- Prayer for our Military
- Prayer for the Family
- Prayer for Education
- Prayer for Media
- Prayer for Business
The morning concluded on time and with many wanting MORE. The singing of the Patriotic Hymn, ‘God Bless America’ ushered friends out the door and on their way to serve a world which so desperately needs the Lord. Here are several recorded comments from folks who were in attendance:
- “I am so impressed with General Boykin. Thank you for putting together a great event that convicts us of our faith and legacy.” (CH)
- “God was definitely here. Unashamed!” (SW)
- “I am a future warrior – hopefully in the Delta Force. The General said he is not a hero, but he is my inspiration.” (JT)
- “I gained so much from attending. It helped me deal with so many ‘Little Problems’ and put them in perspective and accept God’s will for me.” (DL)
Psalm 33:22 “May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you…”