On our way from Kuwait to Iraq, early on in our USO tour, we studied these verses from Psalm 137: By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. There on the poplars we hung our harps, for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land? I reminded the guys that the ancient empire of Babylonia was actually located in modern day Iraq, and that the Israelites had been exiled there against their will. They were struggling to retain the integrity and intensity of worshiping the one true Lord. I challenged all of us to realise that we would be singing the songs of the Lord in a foreign land, to military personnel who hadn't chosen to go to Iraq, and who in most cases felt that they were exactly like exiles in a strange land. To think that we were going to be walking in the land where the likes of Daniel and Nehemiah had trodden thousands of years ago was awe inspiring. We were later to be amazed at the reception we received and the powerful move of the Holy Spirit as Third Day led many soldiers into worship. Some things we discovered: *The 'For God and Country' tour was the first ever USO undertaken by a Christian band into a combat zone. *The US military chaplains conduct 2,500 worship services in the Baghdad area EVERY WEEK. *There are about 300 US military chaplains deployed in Iraq right now, for about 135,000 troops. *There are many senior ranking officers who are passionate followers of Jesus- 'WOODY' our army liaison guys was one such man, he's at the far left of the soldiers in the audience above. *Our concert in Liberty Camp, Baghdad, may have been the largest act of Christian worship in Baghdad in living memory if not of all time!