49th Trans hosts ladies' night for spiritual needs

Photos and story by Spc. Lisa A. Cope
13th SC(E) public affairs

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq — The 49th Transportation Battalion hosted a ladies’ prayer dinner Sept. 6, in the Audie Murphy room of the Oasis Dining Facility, to give Christian females at JBB a chance to gather and focus on their spiritual needs.

The event featured a performance by Christian dance group Holy Hands, a performance of the song “You’re My All In All,” a viewing of the video presentation “The Touch” and guest speaker Air Force Capt. Regina O. Samuel, chaplain for the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, and a Florence, S.C., native.

Samuel has a Master of Divinity degree in homiletics and worship from Turner Theological Seminary and is enrolled in the Doctor of Education program in organizational leadership, with a focus in diversity, at Argosy University in Denver.

Samuel spoke about dealing with issues and focused her sermon on Mark 5:21-43 – a passage of the Bible in which Jesus heals an ill woman, and the only passage in the Bible in which Jesus refers to anyone as his daughter:

“And he said unto her, ‘Daughter, thy faith has made thee well. Go in peace and be whole of thy plague,’” quoted Samuel.

The video presentation “The Touch” was a dramatization of Mark 5:21-43 and added a visual aid to Samuel’s speech.

Capt. Carlos Molina, chaplain for the 49th Transportation Battalion, coordinated the event.  Molina’s wife, Alba Santana, is a women’s ministries leader at their church in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

“(My wife) taught me that I need to do these things for my Soldiers,” said Molina. “So I’m honoring my wife in doing this event for (the women of JBB).

The ladies’ prayer dinner also gave the Christian women of JBB the opportunity to meet fellow women of similar faith.

“Throughout Christ’s ministry on Earth, (God) constantly exalted women to their rightful place in society,” said Molina. “One of the foundational messages of the Bible is the restoration of the relationship between men and women.”


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Capt. Regina O. Samuel, chaplain for the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, speaks to the women of Joint Base Balad during a ladies' prayer dinner Sept. 6 in the Audie Murphy room of the Oasis Dining Facility.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Lisa A. Cope)