Come hear Tom Mercer share what he has been successfully using for years. On the average, each of us has 8 to 15 people, whom God has supernaturally and strategically placed in our relational world so that He might use us to show them His love. The Greeks used one word to describe this personal world-oikos. This workshop is not about programs or events, but a new way to view the world around us. The oikos principle is one that Jesus designed, modeled and taught, for one purpose, to change the world-a world that might just be smaller than you think! This is free for all PCN and TM member churches ($10 for all others).
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
San Antonio Heights Community Church
2520 N. Euclid Avenue
Upland, CA 91784
10 am to 2 pm, includes lunch.
Invite your church leadership team, staff and volunteers.
Report compiled by Andy Meverden, Director of Chaplaincy
CBAmerica requires quarterly reports from each military chaplain serving on active duty or in a fulltime status. Chaplain Darin Dunham’s report from Naval Station Mayport, Florida, reflects the ministry of many of the 40 Chaplains currently on Active Duty. When asked to share his greatest blessing of the quarter he writes, “Hard to determine a single greatest blessing, I feel tremendously blessed in a lot of areas. We continue to enjoy our current assignment with family doing very well and enjoying favor with the command. Initial efforts in the first few years have provided the foundation for well-established working relationships with squadron Commanding Officers. This final year has the making of a good one.”
We ask our chaplains to quantify the outcomes of their ministry activities. Chaplain Dunham reports: 3 worship services, 11 Bible Studies/small groups, 9 (NINE) crisis interventions, 3 first-time decisions, 11 rededications and 1 baptism! These are encouraging results for the first quarter of 2015. When asked for what we can pray, Darin writes: “I’m currently negotiating my next orders (assignment). We appreciate prayers for God’s will to be manifest in the process. We will be crossing a critical juncture in the life of our son as he transitions from high school to college. Our next assignment will influence our options for (his) education.”
Andy Meverden, Director of Chaplaincy, adds, “Each quarter’s ministry results vary, but we can get an idea of the amount, quality, and impact of CBAmerica’s chaplain corps world-wide. Pray for ministry effectiveness, family health and well-being, and for those who will be facing transition and transfer this year. This is a prime example of how CB chaplains are active today reaching those others can’t.”[/vc_column][/vc_row]
Tim Miller was commissioned as a chaplain in September of 2014, after several years in the Chaplain Candidate (Seminarian) program. One of his first assignments as a brand new chaplain of the New York Army National Guard came unexpectedly with a snow storm in Buffalo. He explained that his unit was scheduled for deployment, but at the last minute, it was called off. This sudden change in plans evokes many emotions in a soldier. It is a time of turmoil, as many of them had quit their jobs, moved their families and made other preparations of being gone for a year.
“With joy and sadness my unit’s deployment to Afghanistan was canceled. Soldiers felt relief and others were upset. During this time, the City of Buffalo experienced 7.5 feet of snow and my Engineers, along with myself were called up for one week prior to Thanksgiving. During this time, I was able to hold several services and provide crisis intervention for several Soldiers. Because of the uniqueness of my role within the Engineers, I became the Joint Task Force Chaplain for this mission and provided administrative and logistical oversight for other Chaplains on the same mission. At the end of the mission, the Administrative Chaplain from National Guard Bureau contacted me to create a storyboard for the Buffalo mission. I was told that the storyboard slide was briefed to the Chief of Staff of the Army! The greatest blessing was the honor of providing support to the people of Buffalo, NY.”
It should be noted that CH (1LT) Matthew Laun also participated in this snowstorm, and is also a CB America NY ARNG Chaplain.
Andy Meverden, CBA’s new Director of Chaplaincy observes, When natural and man-caused disasters strike across the nation, and civilian response is overwhelmed, local National Guard units are called up to provide “Defense Support to Civil Authorities” (DSCA). Faced at times with horrible devastation, Guardsmen and women, likewise can be overwhelmed in their search, rescue and recovery efforts. During such times State National Guard (Army and Air) chaplains team up to provide religious and emotional support to America’s original “Home Team.*” Whenever a major disaster strikes, stop and pray for the 22 CBAmerica endorsed National Guard chaplains spread across our nation, along with the 100 other military chaplains, and 80 civilian chaplains in unique ministry situations, “reaching those others can’t… or won’t!”
*Since 1636, starting in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, volunteer Militias have supported the people of their States in times of crisis. From the beginning, chaplains have accompanied these units in the field in times of natural and man-made disasters, and war.[/vc_column][/vc_row]
By Director of Chaplaincy, Andy Meverden
One of our military chaplains assigned to a hospital reported an incident that warmed my heart.
“Recently, I met an 88 year old gentleman in the ER and was later called to visit him while on-call. He had a history of heart failure and has fought with cancer for over a decade and now he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He didn’t have any close family or friends; he was here alone. When I was asked to see him in his room, he was very emotional and scared. I sat with him for over two hours and let him grieve. He told me that he had never been religious but he believed in God and asked me what I think happens when we die. I was able to walk with him through the story of how death was never a part of God’s plan but our sin separated us from God and brought about death; both physical and spiritual. I shared with him the Gospel and he accepted Christ as his Savior. After he prayed and accepted Christ, he asked about baptism. He had seen people be baptized before and he wanted to know more about it. I explained to him that it is a physical symbol of what’s taken place spiritually. He was very interested and asked if there was any way he could be baptized. I met with the medical staff the next day and found a walk-in physical therapy tub in the sports medicine center and coordinated to use it for baptism. Two days after he received Christ we were able to baptize him and five days later he left this world.”
Pray for CBAmerica chaplains serving in military, veterans and civilian hospitals throughout the US and on military installations around the world; that they may be ready, approachable, and Spirit-led in every ministry opportunity.
*Personal identities withheld out of respect for patient confidentiality.[/vc_column][/vc_row]
Director of Chaplaincy, Al Russell and his wife Carol, were honored on March 10, 2015 at the CB Northwest Annual Enrichment Conference for over 20 years of service to CBAmerica Chaplaincy.[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″] [/vc_column][/vc_row]