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Belief does not necessarily imply faith. According to Dustin Morrison of New Market, Iowa, believers merely assent to God’s existence while followers devote their lives to discipleship. For Morrison, it took walking through the valley of the shadow of death to understand the difference.

On April 11, 2011, Morrison, an infantryman with Bravo Company of the 1-168 INF, rolled out on mission in the Paktia province of eastern Afghanistan in a mine-resistant armored protected vehicle (MRAP).

“The last few things I remember are going to sleep the night before, rolling out on the mission, and then rounding a corner,” Morrison, 21, told me. “When I finally came to, I was at Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland.” Several weeks passed before Morrison regained consciousness. What Morrison didn’t know is that his MRAP triggered one of the largest IED explosions in the history of Operation Enduring Freedom, instantly killing one soldier in the gunner’s turret and severely injuring another. Read on…

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