I have to admit that I was somewhat disappointed by the potential for ministry here. When I got orders to Great Lakes, I thought that God was going to use me to reach scores of young Sailors as they got started on their Navy careers. That hasn't panned out. The fact is that I face a great obstacle in the Navy fraternization policy when it comes to fellowshipping with students. I have been told that it's not so much the fact that I'd be in a Bible study with the students as much as it's the feeling others would get from seeing me do it. To be honest, I don't understand it. Nevertheless, I'm not willing to break Navy regulations to fulfill my desires for ministry. I have to believe that God is smart enough and forward-thinking enough to have something here for me despite the local Navy rules.
Nevertheless, I have managed to express myself as a believer here in Great Lakes. When I met my military adviser class, wherein I'm responsible for helping a class of students that I don't actually teach, I did start with the announcement that I was a Christian, and that if anyone else was a Christian and wanted advice of being a Christian in the Navy, they could talk to me about it. I have also met a few students at the base Bible study. I haven't developed any relationships because I'm not interested in ended my career at 14.5 years. I have, however, developed some relationships with the staff I work with in the hopes that I will be able to share Jesus with them in the future.
Is it wrong for me to obey these local Navy regulations? Should I throw caution to the wind and witness to students anyway? What do you think?