Tuesday, September 05, 2006

A HEROs Send Off

My brother Richard Hines and my cousin Michael Hines both graduates from Collinsville High are on their way to IRAQ for a year and a half stay. They and over 140 other men and women from the Oklahoma Army Guard will be leaving in the morning headed first to Ft. Dix. There they will receive training and briefing on their objective and by Christmas will be headed into harms way. We had the family get together to send them off with prayers and good wishes for their safe return.

Richard married a year ago and two months ago he and his wife Keshia welcomed a bouncing baby boy into the world. Michael has a girlfriend who has added a sparkle to his eyes that has been missing for a long time. Both of these women will have a hard road over this next year. Please pray for them.

The boys (men as my brother continues to remind me) have been trained to be the best they can be. They believe in the reason for their deployment into the middle east. I ask that you pray for a hedge of protection to surround them. Please pray for their courage and inner strength. Pray for their walk with GOD to strengthen and for their safe return.

I will continue to post updates along with pictures as I get them. I will keep you posted to specific prayers that are needed.


Amber Ishmael said...

Julie , your request are in my prayers . They will be safe in jesus name ! If you want to let their wifes know that they are more than welcome to call me or e-mail me any time , i know how it is to be left here , wonderind , hopeing and praying everyday . If you need my # just e-mail me . You and your family are in my prayers .

love Amber Ishmael
Wife of SSGT Doug Ishmael .

Anonymous said...


I also graduated from CHS (1985). I have been here in Iraq for 6 months now. It's not the greatest of places but some of the people are genuinely nice. Tell the boys to trust in their training, stay alert, and if something doesn't feel right to check it out carefully.

My prayers are with them and the rest of my extended Oklahoma family. May God bless you all.

Kelly Wathor