Thursday, August 2, 2007

Project Prayer Flag

Project Prayer Flag is a grassroots military support project that places American flags, inspirational bookmarks, and handwritten letters of support and prayers from Americans into the hands of those serving overseas in the military.

The project began in 2002 when pastor-and-wife team Shawn and Angelica Black of Orange County, CA - both retired military - began distributing pocket-sized American flags and cards of encouragement to military members deployed in the war on terror.

"In the beginning, we thought of it as a short-term project, and only a small group of local people were involved," Black said. "In 2004, the project grew nationwide, and by 2005, it took on a life of its own. Now we have about 200 to 300 volunteers showing up every two to three months. The can produce about 50,000 to 60,000 kits in one setting."

Recently the group supplied 17,000 packets at the request of the US Army's 4th Infantry Division stationed at Fort Bliss, TX, to be included in deployment kits.

The Department of Defense's military-support program "America Supports You" recently invited "Project Prayer Flag" to join forces in its efforts to support members of the US Armed Forces.