DaTrelle Black,a soldier’s story
By 11/15/2007 00:00:00
Pastor Darian Pace
God's Kingdom United Methodist Church
FERRIS - During the month of November, we take time to honor the men and women who risk their lives protecting our country.
Veteran's Day holds a very special place in our hearts because before they were soldiers, they were singing in our childrens choir and reciting lessons in Sunday School classes.
One young man who grew up in our church attended Sunday School and sang in our choir is DaTrelle Black.
This young man enlisted in the Armed Services after high school because he wanted to serve his country.
As he went through basic training in the Army, the basic training he learned going to church every Sunday gave him the strength to complete it.
After completing his military training, this young man was sent to war.
God's Kingdom United Methodist Church will celebrate Nov. 18 as DaTrelle Black Day for our own special veteran.
Sunday's offering will be donated to DaTrelle and we are asking everyone in the Ferris community to help us by donating to the family on that Sunday.
Stop by the church or contact Pastor Pace at 214-682-3754 for instructions on donating. www.gkumc.org
DaTrelle's amazing story...
One day while stationed at FOB Iskandaria, Sgt. DaTrelle Black, assigned to the EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) unit, was called out to respond to a road side bomb.
When he arrived on site all security was in place and he linked up with the person who was in charge.
Using a hook and rope, Sgt. Black pulled the device out of its emplacement.
After waiting a short period with nothing happening, he then moved forward in his vehicle to see what the device was.
When he could see all of the components he exited the vehicle to take it apart.
Less than a foot away, Sgt. Black reached down for the device when it detonated.
Although DaTrelle received several broken bones in the blast, he did survive.
DaTrelle credits his faith in God for his life.
He said he would think back to the times he attended church service at God's Kingdom and that gave him the strength to pull through.
We want DaTrelle to know how much we care about him and how proud we are of his service to our country.
We also want him to know that we are proud he was so grounded in his faith and he trusted God to bring him through.
DaTrelle and his wife Rhonda have been married for seven years and have a six-year-old son and another son due in January.