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Army sergeant takes up the 'sword of the Spirit

Friday, January 18, 2013

Kim and K.C. Harryman are excited to finally get to this stage of their ministry. K.C. is the new pastor at First Assembly of God, 811 East C Street.
McCOOK, Nebraska -- K.C. Harryman has traded one battlefield for another -- this one much closer to home than Iraq, and marginally safer, at least in terms of weaponry approved for use.

Just as he did as a U.S. Army Sergeant in the infantry with the 1st Armored Division out of Fort Bliss, Texas, he also will be training others for the battlefield, at First Assembly of God Church, 811 East C Street.

The new battlefield has 2,000 years of history, some of it decidedly bloody, but K.C. is sure and certain of the ultimate outcome and is wholly committed to fulfilling his call to arms, a call he first heard as a youth while preparing and presenting sermons for Youth Sundays.

President Barack Obama visits Fort Bliss, in El Paso, Texas, taking time to greet Sgt. K.C. Harryman, NCO of the year for 2012.
(Courtesy photo)
Following a non-traditional route to the ministry, Harryman entered the U.S. Army in 2000, serving first at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and deploying to Iraq in 2003. He mustered out of that first enlistment later that year, but returned to serve another stint, this time at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he met his bride, Kim. Spending another 11 months in Iraq, he was eventually transferred to Fort Bliss, Texas, where he trained soldiers for combat. His division is in Afghanistan now, and he admits that part of his heart went with them.

"I do miss the training," he said during a recent interview, "but God has called me to a different battle."

Between the two enlistments and throughout his second enlistment, Harryman pursued the courses necessary for ordination by the Assemblies of God, attending Bible College and completing ordination classes through Southeastern University, utilizing the online option while in the service. He is currently licensed to preach through the Assemblies of God, and will submit his application for ordination in "the not too distant future."

K.C. and Kim arrived in McCook Dec. 9, not wasting one day before beginning their ministry here. "My leave started Dec. 8, we arrived in McCook the next day," he explained. His enlistment officially ended Jan. 8.

Kim, who grew up near Fort Riley, was familiar with military life but was always aware that, eventually, they would enter ministry full-time. "It's exciting to finally get to this stage," she said, smiling. "I love it already."

Harryman didn't wait for his service in the infantry to end to begin his ministry. He found and seized the unique opportunities offered within the confines of military service to live out his faith. He remembers Muslims "slipping in" to listen when he preached, and was grateful for an interpreter who helped them to understand what the Bible says compared to what the Koran teaches.

Recognizing his unique talents during his second enlistment, the Army made him a "distinct faith group leader" allowing him to perform the duties of an Army chaplain when one was unavailable.

During his time at Fort Bliss, Harryman was chosen NCO of the month, then the quarter and ultimately, the Division NCO of 2012. Another highlight of his final year in military service was meeting Pres. Barack Obama when he visited Fort Bliss, and traveling, with Kim, to Washington D.C., as guests of the Association of the United States Army.

K.C.'s focus now is on training the church to "go, and be the church," he explained. Although his battle plan is still forming, he is trusting that God's Spirit will reveal the "fingerprint of God, that McCook will be won to Christ."

Spiritual warfare, Harryman explained, is fought in love, fought to free the captives, so that "they can walk in the fullness of the grace of God.

"So many of the prisoners of this war don't even realize that they're imprisoned," he said. "There are far too many casualties. The church at-large must enter the battle."

"The enemy has his chapter," Harryman acknowledged, "but Christ, who is the first and the last, will have the last word."

First Assembly of God meets for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m., and 6 p.m., and has midweek services on Wednesday.

For more information, call Pastor K.C. at (308) 345-5734.

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My Welcome, to you, Pastor K. C.

May the Fruit of your Ministry,

Set captive-hearts Free.


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