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January 29th 2015
Prayer for Richard Wright & Family
Dear Lord, another of our shipmates has departed and has gone to your heavenly kingdom. We pray that in your wisdom that his soul will continue under your blessed care. May you also give comfort to the family, his friends, and shipmates left behind. We ask this in Jesus' Holy name Amen.

Dec. 1st, 2009
Prayer for Armand
Lord God, you say that we are your people and can now approach your throne of grace. By your love mercy and grace we do that today for one of ours who is ill. Heavenly Father, You truly are aware of the struggle that Armand is experiencing -- the pain the despair, and even suffering. You know the desire of his heart is to be healed of this illness. I ask now for Your healing touch. I know that You are able and that just like in Bible times, You can heal him. I pray that ultimately, whatever happens, You will be glorified through him. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.

Jan 12, 2009
PRAYER FOR LEOLA FAY
Lord God Almighty, we who depend upon you each and everyday come to your throne of grace and ask that you be Leola Fay during this time of affliction. We pray that you guide the Doctors, the Surgeons and the nurses who will taking care of her. Lord, we also ask that you be with Larry as he too has to help Leola during this time. Give Him and her the strength to come out of this with peace in their hearts. Hope is all we have in you knowing that you care for us and love us. Forgive us when we fail you in all things. We your adopted children praise you.

Amen and Amen

“And again, I will put my trust in him.” --Hebrews 2:13

Brother Marty


AUG 19, 2008
PRAYER & BIBLE VERSE FOR CHUCK WESTBROOK
FROM OUR CHAPLAIN BROTHER MARTY…

Chuck,

One of the names of Our Mighty God is "Jehovah Rapha". The LORD God that heals us. Cancer roots dry at the command of our Great Lord. It's cells will stop spreading at the command of God. His Word will restore health to you. The bible further says this in the book of Philippians 2:9-10 "Therefore God has exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the Glory of God the Father”. This tells me whatever name the cancer has, be it prostrate, lung, breast, or cervical cancer, all will bow at the name of King Jesus. Healing can be attained by trusting in His Wonderful name.

PRAYER:

Dear Lord God Jehovah I pray for Chuck in what ever medicines or drugs to treat this disease that the Doctors prescribe. I pray that the Lord will work out His perfect will in your situation and bring about healing. We ask that The Great Physician will heal all those within our organization that have undergone surgery and radiation therapy and that the fire of God will destroy all the cancer cells. We ask for peace to all these and ask the healing virtue of Our Lord God will flow through every vein, tissue, cell, ligament and that healing will manifest itself. We believe that Gods desire is to manifest in your life. His desire is written in 3 John 2 “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along”. We ask for peace to all the families having cancer patients. We pray for provisions to cater for all the expenses needed to take care of theses patients. We pray for the blessings of God and that he will overshadow each and every one of you. We are in agreement with Gods word in Jeremiah 30:17 “ But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds declares the LORD.” So be it, in Jesus Name.

Amen.

Your friends and Shipmates
Marty


JULY 31, 2008
PRAYER FOR CATHY

This scripture defines all that Cathy Baker is about.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

"Love is patient, love is kind.... It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hope, always perseveres. Love never fails." Lord God almighty, you are there in all our times of trials, tribulations, and testing. You have given us the hope for all the future to come. Blessed are you. Blessed are those who would give their life for others. Bless Cathy and her family in these times. She gives much to be desired by others, let them see the love in her heart. Let us always trust in you, for we ask that you hold her in comfort. We ask these things in your name because we can approach your throne of grace, Amen.........Amen Mother Teresa once said these very great words of wisdom.... "God won't give me anything that I can't handle....I just wish sometimes he wouldn't trust me so much."

Brother Marty


JULY 20, 2008
PRAYER FOR ARMAND DIBELLA

Heavenly Father, we who are called your children are thankful that we can come to you for anything. The doors are open for us to communicate and to be forgiven. We come before you today Lord asking that you be with Armand and his wife Diane as he goes through this illness that has come upon him. Give him strength for the times when he's weak, guide the Doctor's and nurses as they care for him. We pray today in the name of Jesus Christ the one who gives us hope.

Amen

Brother Marty...


MAY 27, 2008
PRAYER FOR ALAN COX

Heavenly Father, here we are this morning, looking out at the beauty of this day that you have given us. Thank you for the SUN that shines and give us warmth, and the rain that waters this earth. I Pray this morning that Your SON shines in our hearts, and gives us both warmth and peace. Today Lord we come before asking that you be with a friend a brother in arms, one of Your children. Lord, Alan needs you during this fight that he has to go through. He needs your strength, your comfort, and healing. He needs to know that you will be there in this time of recovering from this Heart Attack. We pray to you O Lord, as his friends today. We lift him up to you. We ask these things in the name of the One who will come again, Jesus Christ.

Amen

Brother Marty...


March 7, 2008
PRAYER FOR OUR V.P. JESUS (PANCHO) VELASQUEZ.

Heavenly Father, we are so blessed to have you as our Father. You forgive us, you guide us, and you promised that you are always there for us in our times of need. We come before you today as your children asking that you be with one of our own, a brother and a son to you. Because we are you adopted family. Our approach comes in mystery as one of ours is suffering from an unknown illness. We ask Father that you give the guidance to his doctors, that they may find out what is wrong and be able to help our brother in need. We pray for his wife and that you give her the peace that she needs during this time. Again thank you Lord for loving us. Amen

Bother Marty...


DEC. 17, 2007
PRAYER FOR GEORGIA HAMMOND

Dear Lord, fear is something that we just like in any way, form or fashion. It tends to consume us and takes our thoughts away from you. We as friends and family of Georgia come before you praying for her strength, her hopes and her healing. After the surgery Lord, we ask for her comfort. We ask for your presence and confirm that you will are able to deliver her from her troubles and fears. You perfect love for us casts out all fear. We thank you for the promise that you will give us peace that only you can give. We ask that you give Georgia and Jack the peace that only you can provide. Let them receive that peace now as we ask you to still her troubled heart. We know that you are with her, and she shall have no fear.

We believe in the words of John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Amen.

Brother Marty


DEC. 13, 2007
PRAYER FOR THE TORTUGA ASSOC. PRESIDENT, LARRY FAY

God of mercy, love, joy and peace to the world. You are the source of hope for all that can be. We give you thanks for who we are, for our very lives, for what we can become. You call us to walk together, you call us to faithful to your word. We ask you for humility and courage to go through life as it is. Today we who have walked and worked together, come before you in our hour of need. We have a comrade who needs you touch, your healing, your comfort. We pray today for one of your children, Larry Fay who will be going through surgery, be with the surgeons hands, the nurses who will care for him during this time. Give him peace knowing that you hands will be on him on so many ways. Give him a quick and speedy recovery so that he may continue his work for you in this world.

We pray in the name and life of your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Brother Marty...


Dec. 11, 2007
PRAYER FOR GEORGIA HAMMOND...

Lord, in this holiest of seasons, we come before you. In this time of bright lights and celebrations, we can be blinded to the needs of others. Let us come before you this morning and confess how we lose our way during this time. God of hopes and joys we come before you asking that you be with Georgia Hammond during this time to give her comfort in her times of pain, a fast recovery, a quick healing of her body. She has done so much for others, now let this time of rest be for her a time of restoring. Fill our emptiness with the joy of your grace this season. Fill the voiceless with the promise of your Word. Forgive us when we let others lose their way. Holy in one are you. Be with us now and forever.... Amen

Brother Marty


NOVEMBER 13, 2007

PRAYER FOR MARY JANE & AL INNIS

Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus Christ, and by your Holy Spirit we come to you this morning. First we thank you for all the blessings great and small. We thank you for your love, mercy and grace. We pray this morning that we learn by your patience in suffering you allowed earthly pain and gave us the example of obedience to your Father’s will: We ask that you be near Mary Jane in her time of weakness and pain; we ask that you sustain her by your grace, and that her strength and courage not fail; heal her according to your will; and help her to always believe and have faith and never give up hope. Be with her husband who vowed that he would stay with her till death do them part. Give Al her husband the strength to endure and have hope for her. We come approaching your throne as your people today. For it is in your name that we ask these things.

Amen.

Brother Marty


October 16, 2007

Prayer for Jim Collins,

Lord God our healer, we come before you today to pray for a friend; One that some may know and yet others do not but yet we come as brothers and sisters in Christ. We ask Lord that you help Jim focus on hope. You have prepared for us eternal glory, even if we are overcome by disease and sickness. But yet we still have faith in you, we don't always know the plans that you have for our lives.

We pray today for one of our shipmates who is inflicted with cancer. We pray that the surgery went well and that good news will abound. We pray for healing, for comfort and for direction in his life.

Today Lord we want to thank you for tears for they can be tears of joy even in our sad times. Give Jim courage in the days to come. We who are your children ask these things in the name of Jesus your One and Only Son.

Amen and Amen

Brother Marty


October 16, 2007

Prayer for Kenneth Oberlecher (Obie)

Lord God, you deserve our thanks each and everyday, and sometimes we forget that. You bless us with great and small things and we lose track of what we have been given. I and so many in our organization Lord come before you this beautiful day with a prayer for a friend, a brother, a shipmate that is in need of your hand. We pray this morning for Kenneth Oberlecher, whom we call OBIE. You know him as one of your own Lord. We ask for his comfort during his trial, we ask for strength in the days to come, and hope for the future. You give us permission to approach your throne and we are here knocking at the door asking for your peace, in all matters. Go with us Lord and be the wind at our backs, for it is in his name, Jesus Christ your one and only Son that we ask.

Amen

Brother Marty


6/29/07
NEW PRAYER FOR DOC BAKER...

A few words of encouragement from our Chaplain...

Dearest Doc and Cathy

We can live without many things, but we cannot live without hope. Yet, sometimes when life's circumstances deal us one discouraging blow one after anther, hope can get kicked right out of us. Sometimes it's as if we don't even have a breath left to pray. We say "why bother, it's hopeless." Let me tell you that this is an old lie that we must resist with every last once of breath. As long as there is a breath of life in us, there is hope. WHY, you may ask? Because there is a God, and he is good.

"Brother Marty's Prayer for Doc Baker"

Heavenly Father, Lord God of us all. I come before you in behalf Doc and Cathy Baker today, and tomorrow. Lord I know that you look with compassion on those who suffer, and you have promised to comfort them. But it sometimes feels Lord that in our grief and suffering that no matter what our souls just can't be soothed. In just doesn't always seem possible that we will find healing even in your embrace. But Lord in those times be with us and the Baker's. Keep us and watch over them until they can be comforted by your love. For Lord, God I a friend, a brother, ask these things in your name. ... Amen

Brother Marty


3/8/07
PRAYER FOR DOC & CATHY BAKER

We are thankful, O Lord, that you are present with us in our times of need. We feel you when we are weary and you strengthen us. When were angry and upset you bring calm to our troubled souls; all our fears subside; and our hearts are filled with peace. I pray Lord that you give Doc and Cathy courage once again in their time of need. We as their brothers and sisters pray for their needs. We come to you, O Lord as Doc fights this terrible infliction called cancer, but we know it can be beaten because you are the one and only true healer of all things. Bless us with your love, mercy and grace. For it is in His name we come before you helpless and humble.

Amen

Brother Marty


PRAYER FROM OUR VICE PRESIDENT & HIS WIFE
3/7/07

Cathy and Doc Baker and Lola

We are sure sorry to hear about both Doc's and Lola's cancer problems. We will keep both of them in our thoughts and prayers. They both will be included in our daily rosary prayers and above to our Dear Lord that each of them will be touched by the Holy Spirit and be healed.

Jesus and Donna


2/1/07--- Our President, Larry Fay will have an operation on the January 13, 07 to clear the Carotid Artery in his neck. Please pray for him…CW

PRAYER FOR LARRY FAY FROM OUR CHAPLAIN...…

Lord, our God, our salvation and hope. Father we come to you this morning in prayer for a friend, a shipmate, a brother. We ask that you in your infinite wisdom and love be with Larry Fay one of ours and yours. I pray that you be with him as he goes through this surgery. I pray that you be the Doctors hands and guide them, be with the nurses as they take care of him. We come to you as your children this morning. You remind us that we are your adopted family, so as one of your children is going through this be with him and give him the strength and confidence he needs. We pray in the name of the one who brought us out of darkness into the light, your Son, Jesus Christ........

Amen

Reverend Ralph (Brother Marty) Martinez


1/5/07
PRAYER FOR OUR SHIPMATE, EDWARD FUGETT
(PLANK OWNER) 1945---10/06

Lord, it is in these times that we are the saddest; especially when we lose someone who was a shipmate that walked , talked and worked along side of us. But it is so much harder on the loved ones that he leaves behind. Lord we come to you as his shipmates praying for the family in the days, weeks and years to come. He will be missed by all who knew him. Give the family peace in their hearts, comfort in their sorrow, and the hope that we all have in you. Knowing that one day we will be together again. Bless us this New Year and the New Season. For it is in His name that we ask these things.......Amen

Reverend Ralph (Brother Marty) Martinez


12/7/06
PRAYER FOR OUR SHIPMATE, ERNIE WORLEY

Lord God we come to you in this cold, windy, bleak morning knowing that the SON does shine in our hearts. We don't know why we have to go through trials and pain, I guess just as the Israelites had to go to the Red Sea, we too must go there. You have told us to go forward fearlessly, that we should not think about things that lie ahead . That when we come to the waters they will part and we will pass over to our promised land of freedom. So we come to you O Lord asking that you be with Erine during his ordeal, that you give him the strength, the hope, and take away the pain so that he will know that you are with him. Thank you Lord for allowing us to come to you in all things. We pray this today in the name of the one who came to us in a manger.

Amen

Reverend Ralph (Brother Marty) Martinez


11/10/06

PRAYER FOR “DANIEL TALLOUZI” WHO WAS WOUNDED IN IRAQ AND IS IN
WALTER REED MEDICAL CENTER IN WASHINGTON DC.

Lord of all.

Father we come to you this day asking for the many soldiers, sailors who are away from home. We pray for their loved ones who miss them dearly. We ask that you be with these men and woman as they defend others so that they may live free. Be with those who have been injured in any way. Help them in their time of grief, pain or sorrow. Give them hope, strength, and the will to go on no matter what afflicts them. Lord, we know that one day there will be no pain, no blindness, the lame to walk, no tears and no sorrow. Thank you O Lord for these promises and more. Be with our leaders in the months to come as many decisions will be made, bless the children of the world. We ask all of these things in the name of the one who died on a cross for us. For it is in His name we pray and ask all these things.

Amen.

Reverend Ralph (Brother Marty) Martinez


11/03/06

PRAYER FOR OUR SHIPMATE FRANK WOODRUFF.

Heavenly Father, Lord of Lords, and King of Kings, we come to you once again in behalf of a friend, a brother, a shipmate who has taken ill. We know that you are the true healer and if it's your will you will make things better. We pray today for Frank and his family during this time. We ask for comfort, strength, and healing. Be with the Doctors and nurses, and all those who will help him during this time.

Thank you Lord for caring and listening to us

We ask these things in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.

Amen

Reverend Ralph (Brother Marty) Martinez


10/30/06

PRAYER FOR OUR SHIPMATE, KENNETH (OBIE) OBERLECHER

Lord, God.

In your infinite wisdom we come before you this day in behalf of a friend, a shipmate, one of your sons; Kenneth Oberlecher, (Obie). We come knowing that you are the one and only true healer of all things. Father, he has been stricken with an affliction once again. We pray for his speedy recovery and comfort and strength in his time of pain. Be with his family and give them the hope that they need and the days to come. We praise you this day. in the name of the one who saved us,

Jesus Christ your Son.

Amen

Reverend Ralph (Brother Marty) Martinez


10/26/06

PRAYER FOR OUR SHIPMATE, MIKE WILSON

Lord of all, we come to you this morning asking you to bless our shipmate as he goes through this time of crises in his life. We know that we can approach your throne of grace and ask for healing for our brother in arms. We pray if it is within your will you will hear our cry. Be with Mike in the days and months to come. Give him the hope, and confidence that he will need. Be with his loved ones during this time and give them all the strength and love they need to support Mike.

For it is in His name that we pray, and approach you O Lord! Blessed is your name.

Amen

Reverend Ralph Martinez


July 14, 2006
PRAYER FOR OUR SHIPMATE, JUAN SALAS

We come to you this morning thanking you for getting "Juan Salas" safely through the surgery. We know Lord that you were the Doctor's hands guiding him to what needed to be done. Our praise and thanks go to you Oh, Lord. We ask now that you be with him during his time of healing and be his comfort during pain. Be with the family in their time of need and help them to be strong in the faith and the days to follow. Lord, your grace is sufficient for us if we allow it to be. Bless us this day, now and forever.

Amen

Reverend Ralph Martinez
Acting Chaplain...


PRAYER FOR RON WALLACE, FROM (Jesus (Pancho) and Donna Velasquez)

Very nice prayer by Rev. Marty; and we would like to add our prayer for you.

Lord we pray that you will bless your servant Ron Wallace and give the Doctors that are tending him the wisdom and knowledge that they may need, so that whatever treatment or medication they prescribe will lead to thy servant's well being and good health. You alone Lord can do this, if it be thy will. We ask this in the name of your son, our Savior Jesus Christ. A-men.

Jesus (Pancho) and Donna Velasquez


JUNE 28, 2006
PRAYER FOR OUR SHIPMATE, RON WALLACE

Lord God,

We don't always know why we go through the pain and suffering that we do. We just don't know the plans that you have for us, but we do know that we have hope with all the promises that you have given to us. So, we thank you Lord for those this morning and the great and small blessings in life.

This morning, Father, we as an organization of crew members come to you in prayer and ask that you be with Ron, Lord God, as he goes through this treatment. Give him the strength he needs to do this and the healing if it is your will. Be with the family as they also need your strength for him and themselves. As always we come before as your people and ask all these things in your name.

Amen.

Reverend Ralph Martinez
Acting Chaplain...


JUNE 12, 2006
PRAYER FOR MARIA SALAS.

Maria is married to Juan Salas, SK3 who served on the Tortuga from, 11/1957 to 06/60.
jdmsalas@aol.com

Most gracious and loving Lord, we come you asking for a prayer of comfort and healing for Marie Salas. Lord your hand can touch her and mend her so that she can continue doing what she needs to do. We also pray for Juan, Lord during his time of a challenge by taking care of Marie. Give him the patience and the ability to do all that is need for her comfort. things. Lord be with both of them for there love seems to be strong for each other. Bless them for they are in your hands.

Thank you Father.

Amen


JUNE 9, 2006
PRAYER FOR OUR SHIPMATE, JOHN GARCIA…

Lord, you have said to call upon You in the day of trouble and you will deliver us. We call upon you now Lord, and ask that you be with John Garcia in his time of need. Deliver him from anything that binds him. Set him free from this affliction, and deliver him quickly and be that rock of fortress of defense to save him.

I pray that he will be strong and fit in the days to come. Be with his family and give them the confidence and hope that all will be alright. As always Lord, we come before you humbly on this day. Lord, and thank you for your blessings.

Amen

Reverend Ralph Martinez
Acting Chaplain...


JUNE 7, 2006
PRAYER REQUEST FOR OUR BRAVE TROOPS..

According to the weather reports, it is 122 degrees in Iraq right now - and the low will be 111! Our troops need our prayers for strength, endurance, and safety. If it be God's will, give these men and women the strength they need to prevail.

I am sorry but I am not breaking this one.....Let us pray.

Prayer chain for our Military...please don't break it... Please send this on after a short prayer. Pray for our soldiers...

Prayer

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen."

Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world.

There is nothing attached.... . Just send this to all the people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you, please...

Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine &others deployed in harm's way, Prayer is the very best one!!!!!

Kirk 'Bubba' Strickfaden
Rolling Thunder®, Inc.
Chapter 4 VA

~~~~Jack Hammond also sent a copy~~~~

Chuck Westbrook


May 26, 2006

Prayer for Travis Laird who passed away on May 16, 2006.

Lord God,

Father we come to you in this time to remember one of our own shipmates whom you have called home. He will be missed by all those whom he served with but he will especially be missed by his family and loved ones. I pray give the family the encouragement, the strength, and the comfort that they will need in the weeks, the months and the years to come. We look to you for all these things and more. Be with us now as we remember our shipmate, Travis Laird. He will be missed by many.

Bless us now.

Amen

Reverend Ralph Martinez
Acting Chaplain...


May 25, 2006

Prayer for our grandson, USMC, Corporal Brandon Craven, recently deployed somewhere overseas. Unknown area of deployment.

Thank you.

Jim Collins and family.

Heavenly Father,

We come to you this morning asking for the protection of Corporal Brandon Craven, USMC. Lord watch over him in his time of separation from his loved ones. Be with his family, especially his parents, Jim and Barbara Collins. It is sad to see a loved one serve overseas far from home. Let Brandon know that you are with him in all of his endeavors. Be with all the men and women serving our country no matter what their job might entail. I pray for the day to come when all weapons will be turned into plows so that we can feed the hungry, give thirst to those who desire living water, and clothes for the poor. Be with us now and forever. Your Servants and Disciples

Amen

Reverend Ralph Martinez
Acting Chaplain...


March 16, 2006

PRAYER FOR JUDY HOLLIDAY.

Lord, the day is before us. We first come before you thanking you for all the blessings yesterday and those that you will provide today whether they be great or small. Today Father, we come before you asking that you be with Judy Holliday, one of your children who is going through a difficult time in her life. We know that you are the true healer and we come before you asking Lord that you provide healing for Judy. We ask for comfort during her pain, and we ask for strength during her recovery time.

Be with those that love her and around her and let your angels hold her heart and hands. Give her peace in her heart knowing that you are always there close by. We pray all these things in the name of the one who came before us, we pray in his holy name, Jesus, Our Lord, The Bread of Life.

Amen

Reverend Ralph Martinez


2/18/06

PRAYER OR DOC BAKER WHO RECENTLY SUFFERED A STROKE.

Heavenly Father, only you know how scared we get sometimes, even though we try to hide it from friends and family. Lord, please take my fears and my anxiety away from me. Sometimes Father these are the only things that I have to give to you; they don't seem like much of an offering but here they are and I lay them at your feet. Lord, I put Cathy and Doc into your hands. Give them comfort and strength during these days and those to come. Cathy, God spoke these words and I say them to remind you: For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

Amen

By, Brother Ralph Martinez.


1/4/06 PRAYER FOR BUD TEESE & FAMILY.

The USS TORTUGA LSD 26 Association has lost another Shipmate Bud Teese and we pray to our Father that his spirit and soul will live forever in your Kingdom. We ask that the family and friends find love and wisdom in knowing that Bud will not be forgotten. We ask this in your name

Amen. Lawerence Fay, Chaplain.


DECEMBER 12, 2005

PRAYER FOR GLENN HOBKIRK, HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
(Glenn passed away on December 8, 2005)
Linda Hobkirk's e-mail--- l.hobkirk@mchsi.com

Our Father, many of our shipmates have taken the journey to your kingdom where they will no longer suffer from their earthly illness. Let not the family and friends of Glenn suffer from the loss but let them remember the good that God can bring and let the sun of goodness shine on them forever.

Amen

Lawrence Fay,
Tortuga Association Chaplain & VP.


Prayer for Jim and Barbara Collins whose Son recently passed away.

Wed, 28 Sep 2005 07:14:40 -0700

E-MAIL ADDRESS
ladybugbc@juno.com

Eternal Father, we ask you to comfort Jim and Barbara in their hour of sadness. You Heal, you bring Joy and sadly you take away the loved ones. We know you will ease the pain and suffering by giving us the knowledge and comfort of knowing that their son is now in your Kingdom free of all earthly pain and suffering. Open your hands and let the light of comfort fall upon these two people to bring closure to the loss of a loved one and let the memory of good times with the family live on forever.

We ask this in your Name

Amen

LAWRENCE FAY
VICE PRESIDENT
CHAPLAIN
USS TORTUGA LSD 26
ASSOCIATION


POSTED 0N 9/23/05
OUR SHIPMATE, RUSSELL SARRI PASSED AWAY ON 5/10/05

Oh Heavenly Father we ask you to care for our fallen shipmate and grant him eternal peace. Grant his family the Love and tranquility in knowing that Russell is in peace forever.

Amen

LAWRENCE FAY
VICE PRESIDENT
CHAPLAIN
USS TORTUGA LSD 26
ASSOCIATION


09/19/05 PRAYER FOR CAROL HAMLIN’S FATHER

Our Heavenly father, you are the healer of the Human Spirit and we are asking you to comfort Carol Hamlin’s Father in this time Of his ordeal. Grant that the family will have the love and beauty in knowing that you are with them always and this will be passed on to Carol’s Father so that his suffering will be lessened.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

LAWRENCE FAY
VICE PRESIDENT
CHAPLAIN
USS TORTUGA LSD 26
ASSOCIATION


9/10/05---Prayer for Carl (Doc) Baker

Heavenly Father, we come to you to ask for your help for our shipmate Carl (Doc) Baker. He needs you and the family realizes how helpless he is without you. Give him the strength for today so he will not worry about tomorrow.

You are the Physician of his soul. Grant him the peace of mind and the joy of knowing you as that friend who is closer than a brother or sister. Bless the Doctors, nurses, and all who are taking care of him. Watch over his loved ones while he is away from them. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen

LAWRENCE FAY
VICE PRESIDENT
CHAPLAIN
USS TORTUGA LSD 26
ASSOCIATION.


9/9/05
Prayer for Henry Schaefer

As Henry faces the future, gracious Father in Christ, We come to You with Our fears and ask You to put in Henry’s heart the needed courage to face The tomorrows with confidence. Because of Your goodness and Protection let this be an assurance to him that he need not worry or be afraid.

Give his family the reassuring faith that You are with them. Calm their troubled Spirits. We ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Amen.

LAWRENCE FAY
VICE PRESIDENT
CHAPLAIN
USS TORTUGA LSD 26
ASSOCIATION


9/7/05---Prayer for Retired Admiral Carl Baker and his wife Cathy.

Almighty God, a member our Ships Crew is in the hospital and we ask you to heal that which makes his body and spirit weak. Assist the many people and guide their healing hands so that they may use your power of faith.

We ask you to give Cathy the knowledge that we are praying for her beloved one so that her spirit Will be lifted. We ask this in your name

Amen.

LAWRENCE FAY
VICE PRESIDENT
CHAPLAIN
USS TORTUGA LSD 26
ASSOCIATION


Oh Lord, Hear us in this hour of need. We have three more members who were caught in the ravages of a storm that have caused family and friends to become separated.

We ask that you protect and give comfort to all in their time of distress. We ask you to guide and protect the members who are still missing and that they will be found and reunited with their loved ones.

We ask this in your name,

Amen

LAWRENCE FAY
VICE PRESIDENT
CHAPLAIN
USS TORTUGA LSD 26
ASSOCIATION


9/3/05 A SPECIAL PRAYER FROM LAWRENCE FAY, OUR CHAPLAIN.


ALMIGHTY SAVIOR

YOUR HELP HAS CROSSED ALL BOUNDARIES IN ASSISTING ALL PEOPLE
OF ALL OF THE PLANET WHEN THEY ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE.

WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR OPEN HANDS TO HELP OUR SHIPMATE
LES RICHARDSON AND HIS FAMILY FROM HARM’S WAY.

WE PRAY THAT GREG KAHN IS SAFE AND THAT HE WILL BE
UNITED WITH HIS WIFE PAT.

WE ARE ALSO ASKING YOU TO PROTECT THE BRAVE CREW OF OUR
SISTER SHIP, THE USS TORTUGA LSD 46 WITH YOUR PROTECTIVE
HANDS TO KEEP THEM SAFE IN THEIR HUMANITARIAN MISSION.

COMFORT THEIR FAMILIES WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THEIR
MISSION IS IMPORTANT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE ONES THAT
ARE SUFFERING A DISASTER THAT SO FEW UNDERSTAND.

WE ASK THIS IN YOUR NAME.

AMEN.


8/27/05, PRAYER FOR OUR SHIPMATE, GLENN HOBKIRK & FAMILY.

Oh Lord, we pray that you will be with our stricken shipmate, Glenn Hobkirk as he needs your strength to help family and friends through his ordeal. Comfort him and his wife, Linda in their hour of need so that their burden is lightened. We ask this in your name,

Amen.

Lawrence Fay, Tortuga Association Chaplain.


8/17/05, PRAYER ROSENIO ABADILLA.

Almighty God, We ask you, the giver of life and health
To help our shipmate Rosenio Abadilla in his time of sickness.
Extend your hands of healing and give unto him the full healing
That he requires. We ask that you watch over him and his family
During his recovery.

We ask this in your Name

Amen.

Lawrence Fay, TT Assoc. Chaplain.


8/1/05

Our shipmate, Duane Panter recently suffered a heart attack.
Duane is recovering nicely after undergoing surgery, he still plans to attend the DC reunion.

This is a prayer for Duane from our Chaplain, Lawrence Fay…

Our Savior, we thank you for taking the hand of our Shipmate Duane Panter and giving him the Courage and Strength during his operation.

Thank you for giving the skills to the Doctors and staff that assisted. We thank you for comforting his family “because it is you” and they who will guide his body and mind to a speedy recovery.

We ask this in your name.

Amen

LAWRENCE FAY, TT CHAPLAIN...


6/18/05

GET WELL PRAYER FOR JACK HAMMOND.

Almighty God, please hear our plea for a fast recovery for our shipmate, "Jack Hammond", who has suffered pain and discomfort. Extend your healing hands to take away the pain and discomfort from the body and give his mind the peace and tranquility that is needed to heal the body and soul. We ask that you watch over him and his family in his time need.

Amen

Lawrence Fay, TT Assoc. Chaplain.


6/13/2005

PRAYER FOR HOWARD J. LANDRY & JOHN R. DAVIS

Our Father you have taken to your Kingdom two of our Shipmates: Howard J. Landry and John R. Davis, And we who knew them know that they will never be forgotten. Extend your healing hands to give their loved Ones peace and comfort and lift the grieve and sadness from their hearts and minds so that the light of well being will forever be with them. We ask this in your name

Amen.

Lawrence Fay, TT Chaplain...


PRAYER FOR "ERNIE WORLEY", FROM LAWRENCE FAY, TT CHAPLAIN.
6/2/05

  • A special prayer for a special person from a special friend:
  • My friend & shipmate Ernie Worley needs everyone's prayers...

  • Thank you,
  • Chuck Westbrook.

    Heavenly and Gracious Father we ask that you help our shipmate Ernie Worley during his time of distress and pain. Give Ernie the encouragement and strength, which can only come from your Almighty healing Hands.

    Let Ernie and his family know that they have shipmates who care and will assist him in the encouragement and strength that comes from the powerful hands of our Lord.

    We ask this in the Name of Our Savior Jesus Christ.

    Amen.

    Lawrence Fay, TT Assoc. Chaplain.


    PRAYER FOR "JAMES TRUMBLE", FROM LAWRENCE FAY, TT CHAPLAIN.

    5/16/2005

    Heavenly father, the passing of our shipmate James Trumble has filled our hearts with sorrow. Apply to our wounded hearts the healing touch of your precious promises and let us experience its power. Wipe away the mist in front of us that we may see the resurrection and life assured by our Savior Jesus Christ.

    Grant James fair weather and smooth seas in the Kingdom of our Lord.

    Amen

    Lawrence Fay, TT Assoc. Chaplain.


    3/14/2005

    PRAYER FOR "BUD TEESE", FROM LAWRENCE FAY, TT CHAPLAIN.

    Hi Chuck and Larry, I just had a call from Barbara Teese, Bud fell on 2-21-05 while getting out of a chair and the chair slipped out from under him and he fell breaking his femur bone and is still in the hospital but not sure if he has been in all this time but is presently in. They did a cat scan to see what is going on and found a tumor in his lung but won't get the results back until next week. I told Barbara I would let you know Chuck and have Bud put on the prayer list and she said that was fine. Their computer is old and doesn't work so they have to get a new one so I removed their E-mail address. Thanks Chuck and Larry for your help on this. I will update both of you hopefully sometime next week when I get more information.

    Jack Hammond.

    Dear God, We pray in this hour for our shipmate Bud Teese and his family. May you comfort him and ease his pain. Comfort his family as we his shipmates are praying for a fast recovery. We ask this in your name amen.

    Lawrence Fay, TT Chaplain.


    12/6/2004


    PRAYER FOR "KENNETH R. ROLFE", *RM* -PLANK OWNER- (1945-46) who passed away in 2004. FROM LAWRENCE FAY, TT CHAPLAIN.

    Our father, another member has been taken into your kingdom of eternal life. We ask for smooth sailing for Kenneth and extend your healing hand to comfort his family.

    Bring sunshine into their lives in this moment of sadness and make all tomorrows filled with sunshine as Kenneth will never be forgotten.

    Amen

    LAWRENCE FAY, TT ASSOC. CHAPLAIN.


    9/30/04

    CLARK, JERRY D. (GM/2) 1954-56 9/25/04

    Jerry Clark who served on the Tortuga as a GM/2 from 1954 to 1956 passed away after a long illness on 9/25/04. Jerry will be missed by all of his Tortuga shipmates and will never forgotten.

    PRAYER FOR JERRY CLARK FROM LAWRENCE FAY, TT CHAPLAIN.

    Dear God, you have taken another shipmate into your kingdom and we know he will be with friends and shipmates.

    Extend your healing hands to Jerry’s family and friends so they can be comforted in this moment of sadness, and make all tomorrows filled with sunshine as Jerry will never be forgotten.

    Amen

    LAWRENCE FAY, TT ASSOC. CHAPLAIN.


    9/26/04

    PRAYER FOR HENRY LIPINSKY

    Our Father, you have received another of our shipmates into your heavenly world and we ask that you comfort those who loved this man by extending you healing hands to let them know that Henry is among his shipmates sailing on calm seas and that he will not be forgotten as he will be forever in our memories. Amen

    Lawrence Fay, TT Chaplain

    E-MAIL TO DAVE GONZALES FROM HENRY'S DAUGHTER.

    Found this letter from you to my father, Henry Lipinski, He was glad to hear from you and some other old buddies. My dad died 12 Sep 2004. I know he is in ship heaven now. All his memories of his naval career were wonderful. I am one out of seven children he left behind. I will miss his love and patriotism greatly. God bless you and take care.

    Barbara Taylor (daughter)


    SUNDAY AUGUST 22, 2004

    FROM DORIS WRIGHT.

    Richard has been doing real well for the past few weeks and this week he got too hot working in the yard and the old vertigo hit again. His nose has healed real well from the surgery, but the incision where they grafted skin from has been slow healing. They had to go to the lower part of his stomach to find enough skin. Believe it or not, that incision is 7 inches long! It has healed on top but has been slow healing underneath. And I'm afraid Richard is not a very patient man. We have had family problems also. One brother-in-law had a heart attack and when they put in his pacemaker, the dr. punctured a lung. No fun! And a sister-in-law is in the hospital now and has been for 3 weeks. She went in with pneumonia and on the third day her esophagus ruptured. We still don't know for sure that she will make it but prayer brings miracles. So as you can see, we have had no dull moments. We will miss seeing everyone.

    Doris

    Prayer for Richard and Doris Wright and their in-Laws. From Lawrence Fay, TT Assoc. Chaplain.

    O Lord, for the period of our convalescence grant us the grace to resign ourselves to your Holy will. Help us to be patient when complete recovery is slow in coming. Open our hearts to see how you make all things, even in sickness and weakness, work together for our good. May your peace, which is greater than all human understanding, fill our hearts and minds. In Jesus' glorious name,

    Amen

    Doris & Richard Wright's e-mail address---Dottie3317@aol.com

    Thank you so much for your concern. Sister-in-law: Helen S. Howard Brother-in-law: Ralph Sloop


    UPDATE, JUNE 18, 2004.

    Georgia Hammond has made a full recovery and thanks all of those who remembered her in their prayers.


    Chuck, Please pass on my warmest regards to Jack and his wife as well as their family. I hope all works out for them.

    I also have a prayer request myself, as I will be having major back surgery on 27 May for a few ruptured discs. It looks as though they are going to fuse some of my vertebrae, but that hasn't been completely determined.

    I also ask that you keep my mother Bonnie, stepfather Bob and my 12yo sister Deana in your prayers as well. Thank you for your support.

    Fair winds & following seas,

    Sean R. Hoyden
    CTT1(SW) USN
    TT-46 9/97-4/01

    A PRAYER FOR SEAN HOYDEN & FAMILY...

    As I face this operation, gracious Father in Christ, I come to You with my fears and misgivings and ask You to put in my heart the needed courage to face the day with confidence because of Your goodness and protection. Let this be an assurance to me that I need not worry or be afraid. Relax my nerves, put my mind at ease. Give my family the reassuring faith that you are with us, the keeper of my body and soul. Calm their troubled sprit during the coming hours of my operation. This I ask in the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    Amen.

    Lawrence Fay, Tortuga Assoc. Chaplain


    Prayer for Deployed Troops

    Let us keep our deployed troops and each other close in prayer. Almighty God,

    We ask your blessing upon our deployed ground troops, those at sea and those in the air in Iraq, Afghanistan and the surrounding areas.

    Hold our Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen in the palm of your hand as they enter harm's way. Protect them as they protect us in defense of liberty and freedom.

    Bless them and their families for the sacrifices and selfless acts they perform for us. Remind us all that courage is not the absence of fear, but the strength to do the right thing in the face of fear. Be with us also here at home as we increase our readiness condition and move forward in support of our nation.

    Amen.



  • ~~~~~PRAYER REQUESTS~~~~~

    Please send prayer requests to...
    LAWRENCE FAY
     lalofay@dslextreme.com


    March 25, 2004 Dear Lord, our shipmate Commander Silverman has departed this earthly realm for your Kingdom and under your hand help him find smooth sailing for all eternity Amen.

    Lawrence Fay
    Tortuga Assoc. Chaplain


    March 9, 2004
    DECEASED SHIPMATE ENSIGN HECTOR CARABALLO

    We mourn the loss of our shipmate Ensign Hector Caraballo who passed away on 12/19/2000.

    Dear Lord we know that there is a place inside the heart where memories of our loved ones always lives and where nothing beautiful can ever be forgotten.
    Amen

    Lawrence Fay, Chaplain.


    PRESIDENT DUANE PANTER NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS

    May the suffering ones be suffering free And the fear struck fearless be. May the grieving shed all grief, And the sick find health relief.

    May your recovery be fast Duane.

    Lawrence Fay



    Notes from the Pres. coming from the Bos'n locker second Div.

    This is a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I didn't make the Nov. news letter as I am not a very efficient news letter editor. I want to thank everyone who helped me at the reunion in New Orleans. There are too many to name, so I say thank you to everyone at the reunion, I think it was one of the best we have had for a few years.

    As of Nov. the one in Long beach may be a good reunion too. Larry Fay and his helpers, Carl K and Rosco G. have been working their behinds off. The motel ship sounds good to me, it may be a little more than we are averaging paying for a room but we are getting more free things.

    By the time most of you read this I will have a new knee. I am going in Jan. 19th for the complete knee replacement. Well I guess this will be all at this time, as they are about to call away the No. 2 boat for liberty call for Long beach.

    Duane Panter
    Pres.

    *Duane, on behalf of all of your Tortuga shipmates, wishing you a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

    Chuck Westbrook

    E-MAIL DUANE PANTER, PRESIDENT...
    pantboats@gtmc.net


    ~~~~TORTUGA SHIPMATE GREG KAHN NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS~~~~

    GREG KAHN To all the Tortuga Shipmates

    Let us keep our friend, Greg, in our prayers and thoughts during this time. It matters not what religious belief you may have, or even if you served with Greg. What is important is our concern for Greg and his family. It has been shown that when a group of people unite in thought, changes can occur. How? Some say it's the power of positive thinking. Many call it prayer and the working of God. Let us unite in thought and prayer. If you can, please say a prayer for Greg's health and his family. Here is a prayer that you can join me saying this day: "Our Father, you have many names as found in the Holy Scriptures. One of those names is Healer. I ask that you would be with Greg and his family during this time of illness. Lay your hands of health on Greg, so he may become strong and well.  Bring comfort to his friends and family, as they help Greg in his time of need. We are scattered all over the country, but You, O God, are with Greg now. May our prayers be with him now. In your hands and care is our friend.

    "Amen"

    Lawrence R Fay