Friday, July 11, 2008


Spc. Francisco G. Martinez, a 20 year old was killed by a sniper on March 20, 2005, in Ramadi. His father Francisco Martinez was never in favor of the war. He disagreed with it from its inception. Now Franciso is preparing to head to Iraq himself. After a 17 year absence he re-enlisted and volunteered to go to Iraq. The death of his son caused him to evaluate his life and dedicate himself to doing all he can to see that other boys come home. At 44 he knows what his mission is, in his own words;

"We are responsible for everybody’s security on that base," he said. "For me, it’s very clear. It’s not at all abstract. If the Kurds and the Sunnis and Shia get along better and everyone’s lives are improved and they have fair elections, great. But my job is to make sure that everyone who is on that little clump of land comes back alive and well for their airport reunion. That transcends politics."

He leaves his wife and his 7 year old daughter behind, as he heads to the country where his son died. His pay as a Staff Sergeant will be $4400.00 per month, at least half of what he was making in the civilian world. Yet he has found what it is that he is to do that is greater than himself and calls for sacrifice. In fact his sacrifice could be the same ultimate one that his son paid, but he goes anyway, believing he can a part of the solution.

And that is the great example for the rest, to be part of the solution. Wherever God has placed you, be a part of the solution. Instead of complaining and seeing everything wrong, be a part of the solution. This man could have found it very easy to spend the rest of his life complaining about the war and the administration, particularly since he disagreed with the war from the beginning. Yet he did the opposite, he decided to see what he could do to help.

Thank you sir for your great example to the rest of us and may God keep you safe and bring you home to your wife and daughter!

blog you later,
pastor tom