Beloved Soldier And Daughter Dies Fighting ISIS

Christina Marie Schoenecker, an Army Reserve soldier from Arlington, Kan., died earlier this week while deployed in Baghdad, Iraq. She was 26.

Schoenecker was the third soldier to die this year, in the ongoing, U.S.-led fight against ISIS. All three deaths were non-combat related, the military says.

Arlington is a town of about 450 people in Reno County, northwest of Wichita. Schoenecker enlisted in the Army in May 2009 and was on her first deployment.

“We express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Sgt. Christina Marie Schoenecker,” Frankie Murphy, the command executive officer for the 451st Expeditionary Sustainment Command announced.

“We’ve lost a valuable member of our team, and she will be sorely missed.”

Please pray for the Schoeneker family, and donate if you can.

“We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”