The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Desert Days

n Iraq, 'there is no need to add drama or superlatives. The duty here carries itself day to day.'

Michael Lembke knows what Iraq and war, military service and Christian ministry look like — and how they intermingle to illumine each other. A U.S Army chaplain, one of 14 ELCA clergy in the war zone, he serves the 1st Infantry Division, working from Tikrit on the Tigris River, north of Baghdad.

Like soldiers in many wars, Lembke writes letters — to colleagues, to family and friends, and to The Lutheran. We share excerpts from his notes, glimpses of his ministry and faith that shed light on his situation and the service of those called to this ministry.

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