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Soldiers' and Airmen's Scripture Readers Association

Solders' and Airmen's Scripture Readers Association
Type: Agency

Affiliations and accreditations

Founded in 1838, our Patron is Her Majesty The Queen, and our President is General The Lord Dannatt of Keswick in the County of Norfolk GCB CBE MC DL.

Our Ministry is one of personal evangelism. Uniquely we are permitted, subject to Chaplain's recommendation and Commanding Officers' permission to visit soldiers and airmen in their accommodation, work and recreation areas. This is done with a view to befriending them and introducing them to the Lord Jesus Christ.

A brief look at the New Testament will show that Jesus Christ was often in touch with soldiers and was concerned for them personally and spiritually. Soldiers were also near Him when he died. Some remained quite unmoved by His sufferings but to one there came a great moment of spiritual light that led to his clear confession, "This was the Son of God". It is significant that the first Gentile church meeting took place in the Army quarter of a Roman Centurion named Cornelius (Acts 10). It remains as important now as it was then that Christians, following Jesus' example, should be in touch with military personnel and concerned with their spiritual welfare.