Not long ago a group of Soldiers from Task Force Aviation took a road trip out to the Church of the Black Madonna. As has been their wont for the whole deployment, they brought along a few soccer balls (they're called 'footballs' here), and one of the Sisters who lives and works at the Church was very happy to take a couple off our hands.
A bit later, without any publicity efforts on our parts, we were swarmed with children hoping to come away with a toy or two.
It seemed as though they were all smiles as we left.
I love it when Soldiers interact this way with others!
Blessings and peace to one and all,
Fr. Tim, SJ