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Jeff's Afghan Diary

Not long ago I received an email from Jeff Courter, a member of the Illinois National Guard, now on duty in Afghanistan. Jeff volunteered to write regular reports of his tour of duty, beginning with his immediate feelings about leaving his family and heading off to a dangerous battle zone.

-- Jeff Courter

Jeff's generous offer to share his wartime experiences on the GodWeb was something I could not refuse, especially because he sees his service to this country very much as a journey of spiritual discovery in which he will learn more about his own faith, as well as the Muslim faith of the Afghans with whom he will be working as a military advisor.

I have enjoyed reading Jeff's early emails and the first of his articles. I invite you to share the journey with Jeff. And you are invited to send a message to Jeff. Please leave comments for Jeff here.

November 22 -- Happy Thanksgiving

November 18 -- A Prayer of Thanksgiving

November 14 -- Deep Thoughts on a Cold November Night

November 11 -- Broken Trucks and Bribes

November 9 -- The Polish Army


November 8 -- Captain Kirk -- Major Tom

November 2 -- Each Moment Counts

November 1 -- Air Drop

Oct 31 -- Remembering the Dead

Oct 28 -- Hunting the Taliban

Oct 14 -- The Uses of Baby Wipes

Oct 12 -- An Afghan Meal

Oct 10 -- Muslims in America

Oct 6 -- Looking For Work

Oct 5 -- Taliban Rockets

Oct 2 -- A Land Without Toys

Sept 30 -- After The Lies

Sept 28 -- On The Border of Pakistan

Sept 26 -- My Ramadan

Sept 22 --A Note To My Readers

Sept 21 -- A War Over Values

Sept 17 -- Waiting In Kuwait

Sept 15 -- God's Role and Our Own

Sept 7 -- There's No Place Like Home

August 27 -- Going Home

August 26 -- Forgiveness

August 23 -- Exercise

August 22 -- Heroes

August 21 -- A Reason For Hope

August 20 -- Thoughts of Home

August 19 -- Resisting Despair

August 18 -- The Rule of Law

August 16 -- Helicopter Ride; Sadness Inside

August 13 -- Coping With Bad Feelings

August 8 -- Mutiny

August 4 -- Snake Bites and More

July 31 -- God is in Control

July 29 -- Captain Kirk

July 24 -- The Firefight

July 19 -- Zulu Time

July 18 -- More Frustrated Each Day

July 15 -- Bravery is No Substitute for Skill

July 14 -- A Day I'd Rather Forget

July 12 -- The Death of a Comrade

June 30 -- The K-Mart War

June 25 -- The Sheep and the Goats

June 24 -- A Devout Muslim

June 23 -- Learning Pashto

June 22 -- Shura, A Meeting of the Elders

June 16 -- We Saved A Life Today

June 12 -- Water and Bees; Fire and Ice

June 11 -- Progress, Energy and the Taliban

June 10 -- Pashtun at the Movies

May 25 -- Running Low on Water

May 24 -- A Broken Pump

May 23 -- My Birthday in Afghanistan

May 22 -- Answered Prayer

May 20 -- The Rule of Law

May 19 -- On Patrol

May 16 -- God Reigns

May 10 -- Mother's Day Surprise


May 3 -- My Son's Birthday

May 1 -- Longing For a Shower

April 11 -- No Pulse!

April 10 -- Ready to Go; Ready to Stay

April 8 -- Our Easter Celebration


April 6 -- Good Friday Thoughts and a Prayer

April 3 -- A Bit of Bluffing

April 1 -- Emergencies

March 30 -- Life at the Firebase

March 29 -- Stuck in the Desert


March 28 -- Moving Out

March 26 -- My Patience is Thin

March 22 -- Ghost Stories

March 21 -- I Detest Cable News!

March 20 -- Happy New Year Afghanistan!

March 19 -- Soldiers Question War

March 17 -- A Belated St Patty's Day

March 11 -- The Web Keeps Us in Touch

March 10 -- Standards of Living

March 9 -- A Matter of Trust

March 4 -- A Conversation About Prayer

Feb 24 -- My Background

Feb 21 -- The Right War

Feb 20 -- Something Gained; Something Lost

Feb 4 -- Kabul

Feb 1 -- In Country

Jan 29 -- Bon Appetit!

Jan 27 -- Kyrgyzstan Stopover

Jan 19 -- Happy Surprise

Jan 14 -- Moments Savored

Jan 13 -- Shit Happens

Jan 4 -- Disappointment

Jan 1 -- Happy New Year

Dec 28 -- Celebrating Christmas

Dec 22 -- Rules of Engagement

Dec 19 -- If Our Cause is Just

Dec 13 -- I Am Become Death

Dec 12 -- Reading the Quran

Dec 7 -- Preparing for War

Dec 3 -- Through the Valley

Nov 26 -- Leave Taking

Nov 22 -- Guilt?

Nov 20 -- Regrets?

Oct 30 -- Halloween's Eve

Oct 15 -- A Different Kind of War

Oct 10 -- "Dad, Why Do You Have to Go?"

Oct 7 -- Every Minute Counts

Oct 4 -- The Journey Begins

Please leave comments for Jeff here.

   

Charles Henderson

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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and author of Faith, Science and the Future, published in 1994 by CrossCurrents Press. He is also the author of God and Science (John Knox / Westminster, 1986) which he is now rewriting to incorporate more recent developments in the conversation taking place between scientists and theologians. He has also written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Commonweal, The Christian Century and others.

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