What’s it Take to be in Special Forces?

I only know two young men who are in Special Forces, and they’re both incredibly gifted, bright, agile, calm, cool, and totally collected. Neither of them look like Hulk Hogan, and both of them look like somebody you’d want your daughter to marry. Did you know there are Special Forces in most military services around the world? In Russia they’re called spetsnaz, an acronym for “special purpose,” and that’s also a good definition, because these people are specially trained for special purposes behind enemy lines, such as hostage rescue, intelligence operations, and countering terrorism. I’ve heard they carry a challenge coin inscribed with “Anything Anytime Anywhere.” Michael Le Roy, president of Calvin College  Last night Dr. David Stevens was the guest speaker at Calvin College’s Spoelhof Society’s Spring Dinner and shared many stories about his incredible life as a missionary serving the medical needs of people the world over, but mostly in war-torn areas. Dr. David Stevens The crux of his address centered on a conversation he had with Colonel Worth one day while this legend of a man was directing a Special Forces detachment that protected Dr. Steven’s team of medical relief workers in a war zone.  Dr. Stevens asked Colonel Worth what he was looking for in recruits for Special Forces, and I want to share with you my synopsis of the 5 points Colonel Worth listed (with reflections by Dr. Stevens). Special Forces needs:

IMG_0634_21. People who are willing to volunteer and be set apart for a special purpose. (“Never volunteer; it’ll get you killed.” On the other hand, slimy crude oil can be transformed into a lens for precision seeing in a cataract patient; be willing to be transformed.)IMG_06502. Men (and women) who are fiercely loyal to their commander and country. (Dr. Steven told the story of a Dr. Mary, who went to the Congo even though she was terrified, and while there she learned that “in the battle between faith and security, I learned that my faith was my security.”)IMG_06403. Soldiers who can be highly trained, prepared, and cross-trained for their task. (Education and preparation can be acts of worship.) IMG_0632_24. Men who genuinely care about people (not just tough and able, but truly compassionate).IMG_06375. Individuals who are bold and willing to take risks. (The greatest risks bring the greatest results. As believers serving our Lord, we can be bold because we know the God of the Universe walks with us.)

Alan and Michael Le RoyReady to be part of God’s Special Forces?

Alan and me with Dr. StevensI beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2). IMG_0629(All pictures were taken last night at the Spoelhof Society dinner…mostly great people in God’s Special Forces, but not in the military!)

One response to “What’s it Take to be in Special Forces?

  1. rainawareness

    Oh boy

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