Help a Deployed Chaplain
At any moment, The Coalition of Spirit-filled Churches has at least a half dozen military chaplains who are deployed or who are away from home preparing to deploy with their units. These courageous men and women of God are often seeking Christian or sometimes "just" wholesome magazines, books, pamphlets, CDs, and DVDs, to take with them and distribute to soldiers, sailers, airmen, and marines who are often bored and lonely. Being deployed not only puts our forces in harm's way, but also places them in parts of the world that are devoid of caring human contact, entertainment, and people groups who speak English. Our chaplains and their servicemembers miss "normal" human contact. They miss getting greeting cards and snacking on their favorite foods, as well.
Just how important are mail and goody boxes to deployed soldiers?
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The chaplains listed below are CSC chaplains who have given their permission to be listed as deployed and desiring to receive supplies. And if they have specific requests, we have listed these too. Please, please pray about what you can do to encourage our troops and show the love of the Lord!
Deployed to Iraq
Deployed to Afghanistan
Chaplain Des Nelson
A video letter from deployed Army Chaplain Des Nelson:
Chaplain (CPT) Des Nelson
831st Trans BN (SDDC)
Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan
Chaplain Thomas Webb
Chaplain Webb writes: "The ministry in my deployed location is a great opportunity to serve both our military and civilian contractors alike. I am fortunate to have been appointed the Pastor of the Gospel Service which is very vibrant and growing both in Spirit as well as numerically by leaps and bounds through God’s grace. It is a pleasure to serve with a large host of chaplains and chaplain assistants who are very knowledgeable and eager to serve in our location. God has blessed me to recently complete my Professional Military Education via correspondence which indeed is a challenge lifted off of my shoulders. It is a great honor to serve our country as an Air Force Chaplain in my current deployed location."
Chaplain (Capt) Thomas A. Webb
APO, AE 09309
Operation Prayer Shield ~ For Our Troops
What: Operation Prayer Shield is a call for God's people to pray for our troops serving around the world, especially for those in harm's way. While there are many areas to pray for, we are specially asking for prayers to be directed towards three areas: (1) For safety and protection, (2) Mission success both militarily and for the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan, (3) Fewer attacks, injuries, and deaths during the fighting season.
Why: God's word exhorts believers to pray for those in authority. We are also called to pray for our enemies. Refer to these Scriptures: 1 Timothy 2:1-4; Psalm 20; Psalm 27; Psalm 91; Philippians 4:6-7; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Matthew 5:44.
When: God calls us to "pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests" (Ephesians 6:18). While you can pray for our troops at any time, we are specifically asking for people to commit to praying for our troops at 7am and 7pm daily knowing that others will be praying at that same time in many time zones around the world. You may want to set a watch or phone alarm to remind you.
Where: You may want to hold a special prayer gathering within your church, small group, or Sunday School class. You may also want to call a friend who has a loved one deployed and pray with them over the phone.
How: There are many different forms of biblical prayer, ranging from individual to corporate prayer with others. Some may want to choose a passage like Psalm 27:1-3 or Psalm 91 and insert the name of their friend or loved one in the text as they pray.
Chaplain Eliseo Nogueras
Chaplain Nogueras writes: "I have a ministry center that has a place for service members to come relax, watch a movie, and also pick through our bins of goodies. Usually people send care packages to me and I place them out so it is well received. The items that are mostly needed as you can imagine are hygiene products soap, shampoo, deodorant, wipes, toohpaste, and non-perishable foods."
Chaplain (MAJ) Eliseo Nogueras
43D MP Brigade,
APO AE 09354
Soon to Deploy
Chaplain Joshua Ade, currently in Korea
CH(CPT) Joshua Ade
PSC 3, BOX 6082
APO, AP 96266