Hello Chaplain Meverden,
We are mostly settled in, but still trying to get a rhythm in our UMT Ministry here. We have been in Afghanistan now for 2 full months. Lots of change continues to happen in our unit. Our mission is nothing as we expected. Rather than being in a Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) mission role – our Soldiers from North Dakota have been spread out all over Afghanistan.
I am grateful that my chaplain assistant and I have a good relationship and are unified in our efforts. I am also grateful that our Brigade chaplain team is supportive and proactive in their efforts. Many great Unit Ministry Teams here. Our prayer is that all efforts are not for “business,” but being about “God’s business.”
Thank you for praying for us and our families back home.
Our greatest prayer need here is that unit sections unify – too much pride getting in the way.
Regarding our current needs – we have recently taken a survey and inventory of our “Free-X” (care package inventory) and come up with the following needed items:
- tooth brush cases
- men’s disposable razors
- men’s 2 in 1 shower gel
- pillow case
- 4-cup coffee-maker (caution on size)
- rice crispy treats (various flavors)
- dark chocolate
Mail Care Packages to: (Recommend use of USPS Medium or Large Flat Rate Box – $13.60 with completed PS Form 2976)
Noyes, Scott, E.
1CD RSSB STB
APO, AE 09354
Thank you & God bless,
Director’s Note: Here’s an opportunity for a church, youth, men’s, women’s, or Veteran’s group to make a difference and assist one of our forward-deployed chaplains. With recent force reductions, the supply system has been greatly reduced in terms of non-military “comfort” items. By sending care packages directly to chaplains, you ensure safe arrival to a known individual, and provide our chaplains with “resources” that will bring useful items from “home” to those literally on the front lines. Be sure to tell the postal clerk this is a military “Care Package” to receive a $1 discount on postage! Include a signed card with sender’s address info (& email) so recipients can reply.
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