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Date:  July 24, 2006

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Marines Always Keep Their Promises
By Marie Jon'

Marine Lance Cpl. Aaron W. Simons of Modesto, California, died April 24th at the age of 20 old while serving his country.

Marine Lance Cpl. Aaron W. Simons of Modesto, California, died April 24th at the age of 20 old while serving his country.

Simons died while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twenty-nine Palms, California.

In May of this year I wrote about Marine Aaron W. Simons' death and the heart wrenching effect it had as Mother's Day was drawing near. We recently learned from the Simons family of a very important life saving promise that Aaron made before he died.

Could it be possible that the providence of a loving, Almighty God is falling into place as this ongoing true life story unfolds concerning Aaron's promise? The answer is yes.

While Aaron Simons was stationed in Iraq he heard about a little girl who helped the troops speak the Iraqi language. Aaron was extremely dedicated to the mission.

The Iraqi people were of great interest and passion to Aaron. He longed to talk with each and everyone that he felt God sent his way. Working with the Iraqi people on a personal level was very important to this outstanding hero. Loving other people came very easy to this outgoing, charming, and vibrant young Marine.

Winning the hearts and minds of the good Iraqi people was not hard for Simons. His heart overflowed with love for his Savior, Jesus Christ. Aaron was the genuine article who reflected “a great and faithful servant."

When Aaron met the little Iraqi girl, he was over taken by her unfortunate plight of illness. Many children of Iraq suffer from a parasite found in Iraqi soil. The parasite enters the bodies through the feet and can attack the kidney, liver, and other organs of small children. Sandals and vitamins can help protect children from the parasite.

Unfortunately for little twelve year old Hamade Hadeal, the dangerous parasite had already done its damage. This sweet precocious child had already fallen victim. Her small frail body is failing.

Marine Aaron Simons told little Hamade that if it took every penny he made as a soldier, she would receive the very best of care. He longed for the day that she would no longer be sick.  Somehow, Aaron's promise will be kept. 

I personally believe in miracles. Many are recorded throughout God's Old and New Testament.

God's workings come from many different directions. "The Great I Am" can move and cause miracles to happen through the hands and actions of different people.

Physicians, with proper procedures and medications, can be a part of the Almighty's perfect plan.  People from all over the world are working together to fulfill God's ordained plan for Hamade.

Since late April, the Simons family, with the help of Aaron's friends in Iraq, are working 24/7 to keep hope alive for the little girl. Roadblocks will not deter these people chosen by God to make Aaron's promise come true for a needy and worthy little girl.

While Iraqi doctors in Baghdad refused to treat Hamade, others are pushing through and ignoring the odds against her recovery.  God bless America. From her very beginnings this country embraced their Judeo-Christian beliefs that choose life.  People who serve a living Lord simply won't give up the fight to save her.

 Miracles are happening. An Indian man offered $5,000 towards the cost of having a leading specialist in his home country treat Hamade.

As one who knows her heavenly Father, I am making a personal plea. Let's all pray for Hamade.  This is your opportunity to be part of God's miracle.                           

In God’s eyes, "all things are possible" to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus, including a Marine's promise.

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Related Readings links:

From The Modesto BeeFallen Marine's promise to aid girl hits roadblock

Marine Lance Cpl. Aaron W. Simons, 20, Modesto; Killed in Rocket-Propelled Grenade Attack in Iraq

Guest Book for Lance Cpl. Aaron W. Simons:
A reflection on Mother's Day -- Lance Cpl. Aaron William Simons killed in Iraq

Marine Lance Cpl. Aaron W. Simon' Services: Ist Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.

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