Troops Make 'Joyful Noise' in Worship Band

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A Christian team in Iraq is leading the troops to worship God, and forming a close-knit family of brothers and sisters in Christ.

Hope Chapel is well-named because military men and women are filled with hope in this place of worship on the grounds of Camp Victory in Baghdad.

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"I'm able to get into the week with an extra boost of strength and an extra boost of energy, and it just helps me get by day to day when stress hits," SPC Timothy Dippel, 18th Airborne Corps said.

Fire controlman, first class, Daniel Parsons is the worship leader of the praise and worship team called "joyful noise."

"It's exciting to be up there, and singing and worshipping God," he said. "There's been so many times that I've come in, maybe a rough week or something like that, and then I just release it all. There's never been a Sunday that I've walked away unhappy."

Praise Team Member SSG Lani Yearicks said the praise team has helped him grow.

"I love being in the praise group. It's like my family away from home. I've been a member of Joyful Noise for about 10 months now. I joined right after I got here. It's been an awesome experience. I've really grown in the Lord," he said.

Through their worship, the team hopes to point others to a meaningful life in Christ.

"Maybe there's one person out in the congregation that is just coming to Christ," Yearicks said.

The praise team constantly changes as units rotate in and out of Baghdad. But no matter who's taking part, team members say they're all family.

"Without God, without this praise team, it would have been a rough time, and it hasn't been. I've really enjoyed these orders, and I'd do this again in a second," Parsons said.

They know the battle belongs to the Lord and they are giving him the praise he deserves.

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