Left to right are recipient Wayne Sheley,
Brown, Bill Gossett and Orville Schaffer.
Local veterans Bill Gossett, Orville
Schaffer and Wayne Sheley awarded honorary black belts
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[November 15, 2017]
- On Sunday, three area veterans were recipients of Honorary Black
Belts during the morning services at Prairieland Christian Church in
Master Instructor of Lincoln Tae Kwon Do, Scott
Brown, did the honors of bestowing Bill Gossett, Orville Schaffer
and Wayne Sheley with black belts with their names embedded, and
large plaques designated as Dan Certificates.
The presentation was made by Master Brown, who is a Deacon at
Copy of the presentation provided by Brown:
Let me begin with the acknowledgement of what
an honor it is for me to serve as a Deacon here at Prairieland
Christian Church. I have here a couple of verses that I pray will
inspire the “Sheepdogs” of our country to include God in every
aspect of their lives!!! “Sheepdogs” need to allow God’s presence in
their lives to provide the strength and courage necessary to
adequately defend our nation. Arrogant physical strength without God
often fails when placed under extreme pressure, but God’s presence
in our lives will provide the necessary strength and eliminate the
fear of death when God’s warriors face the same extremes.
From II Samuel 10:12 ‘The word of God says to “Be strong and let us
show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the
cities of our God and may the Lord do what is good in his sight!’
From Psalm 31:24 ‘The Word of God says to “Be strong and let your
heart take courage all you who hope in the Lord!’
I Corinthians 16:13, ‘Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be
courageous; be strong!’
These passages are referencing spiritual strength in the face of
adversity and/or evil presence.
I’m in a unique position in my Deaconry duties as the Master
Instructor of Lincoln Taekwondo in Lincoln. Periodically, I will
select unique individuals within our community for the receiving of
an Honorary Black Belt. The qualities I look for in these
individuals are long term leadership, integrity, humble attitude,
and service. This is not an award I take lightly!
This presentation today is to honor the military service of three
Logan County gentlemen who have humbly and honorably served God and
their church, our military, their families and last, but certainly
not least, their community. I’m honored to be in a position to
present this prestigious award to these three. The wealth of
knowledge and the mentorship these men bring to any venue has won
admiration and my highest respect!
I have consulted with our Prairieland Minister Joe Sanders, our
Youth Minister Ray Allen, and Elders within the church. We have
collectively concurred that awarding this honor on our Veteran’s Day
weekend to these gentlemen would be an entirely appropriate gesture
of appreciation as one of these men is a member here at Prairieland.
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Our goal, as always, is to assure
that God receives the glory for such opportunity!!! We are so
pleased that you men and your families have joined us here at
Prairieland Christian Church today. May Joe’s sermon touch your
hearts as the Holy Spirit through Joe’s preaching always touches
Would you three gentlemen please come
forward at this time?
Left to right: Gossett,
Shaffer, and Sheley with Brown in the background
I’d like to introduce Wayne Sheley, Bill Gossett, and our own
Orville Shaffer. These men served honorably in World War II and/or
the Korean War. This time carried some of the darkest moments and
yet some of the most glorious days of our nation’s history. This
award is the highest recognition that I personally can honor you
with for your many life’s accomplishments. You men are worthy of so
much more!!! Please allow me the honor of presenting this award in
the presence of our congregation as recognition of your lifetime of
continued service to our country and within our local communities.
Everyone needs to fully understand that as significant as this award
may seem, nothing compares to the award of eternal life that Jesus
Christ’s sacrifice has allowed us all! May anything we do on his
behalf bring honor and glory to our Lord!
Here is the prayer for these men;
I pray that you would bless these men the way you have blessed this
world with their presence! I am so thankful for how each has touched
the lives of so many throughout their lives and that you have
provided opportunity for our church to recognize their value to all
of us! Please place these men in the protective hands of your Holy
Spirit and continue to provide each with pleasant memories of the
phenomenal impact they have had on our community! It’s in Jesus’
name I pray!