Flag Presented in Appreciation of Care Packages, Notes

Flag Presented in Appreciation of Care Packages, Notes

May 8, 2014

With the hope of bringing the comforts of home to men and women serving far from their families and loved ones, the Sioux Falls Seminary community collected goods and prepared care packages last February.  At the time, little did they know that their gesture would accomplish much more than they initially intended.

When the packages arrived in Afghanistan, the soldiers in the 320th Psychological Operations Company at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan were thrilled to receive the delivery.  Among the soldiers in the unit was Captain Adam Blankenfeld, son of Sioux Falls Seminary student Alan Blankenfeld.  Although the men and women in the unit were thankful for the baked goods, magazines, and other reminders of home, they were touched, and surprised, by one of the items in particular.  That item was a handwritten note from a member of the seminary community--one for every box.

"Each soldier was moved by the fact that someone they didn't know would take the time to pray for them and thank them for their service," said Alan Blankenfeld.  "Even though the unit was touched to receive everything in the care packages, the handwritten notes were by far the most appreciated item."

Blankenfeld's son, Captain Adam Blankenfeld, received the seminary's 89 care packages last March and distributed one to each member of his unit.  From there, the extra packages were sent to other special operations units in the region.

In appreciation of the school’s thoughtfulness, the 320th Psychological Operations Company flew a United States flag at their headquarters for one day in Sioux Falls Seminary's honor.  When Captain Blankenfeld finished his service at Bagram Airfield, he brought the flag and a certificate home with him.  On behalf of Captain Adam Blankenfeld and the entire 320th, Alan and Diane Blankenfeld presented the flag and certificate to Sioux Falls Seminary President Greg Henson on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, as part of the seminary's weekly chapel service.

"It is an honor to have a flag flown for the seminary," said Henson.  "It is also quite humbling.  We were blessed to have the opportunity to serve Captain Blankenfeld and the men and women in our armed forces."

Sioux Falls Seminary is committed to coming alongside groups and organizations who are also serving others.   "We don't exist as a separate part of our community; rather, we are here to be actively engaged in the good work that is already happening in Sioux Falls," added Henson.  "It is a privilege to participate in the mission of God by serving others."