By: Erin Smith
As folks look for various ways to show their support and appreciation for members of law enforcement, one area ministry—Bladen Christian Outdoorsmen—is offering arm bands that are emblazoned with John 15:13 on one side and “Brothers of the Badge” on the other. The bracelets have gained in popularity and the ministry has grown with bracelets being distributed statewide and they are beginning to draw attention in other states.
The bracelets are free to members of law enforcement and $2 each to members of the public.
Jeff Gause, one of the members of Bladen Christian Outdoorsmen, said the bracelet ministry is growing rapidly. Gause said the bracelets are even beginning to find their way to other states. He said he has shipped bracelet orders to both Florida and Georgia.
When asked about the rapid growth of the ministry, Gause said, “It’s overwhelmed me with how popular it is and how fast it has grown. It’s getting big now.”
He said Social Media is helping to get the word about the ministry out there. Gause said bracelets have already been distributed in Gastonia, Lumberton, Robeson County, Wilmington, Columbus County, Shelby, Fuquay-Varina, Raleigh and more agencies are calling each day placing orders.
Gause said he has already distributed more than 1,000 bracelets. He said as recently as Wednesday night he placed an order for 2,000 more bracelets to fulfill the requests he has received.
The bracelets carry the scripture John 15:13 on one side and the saying “Brothers of the Badge” on the other. Gause said recently he walked into a law enforcement office and saw a canvass on the wall that contained the same scripture.
“When I saw that, I was like, ‘Wow, I know I’m right,’” said Gause.
He said folks have even made donations to assist with the project. To make a donation or to order a bracelet, contact Gause via the Bladen Christian Outdoorsmen Facebook page.