In the last 8 months I have witnessed the Lord’s gracious handiwork as it has been my privilege to serve as the chaplain of the crew of the USS NORMANDY CG-60, (Cruiser class), on her historic around the world deployment. During our mission on this storied warship, I conducted over 100 worship services and Bible studies, taught an Old Testament Survey college course, witnessed the salvation of crew members, rededications to Christ, and much discipleship of our loving Lord. We were able to conduct a baptism in Bahrain and spread the love of Jesus during COMRELS (Community Relation Projects), during Port Visits in Greece, Slovenia, Dubai, Bahrain and Singapore.
It was as the Apostle Paul disclosed in 1 Corinthians 16:9, “An open door for effective service has been given us, but there are many adversaries.” In May, I returned to Washington State for a few weeks to comfort my family after my brother-in-law tragically took his own life. While there, both my father-in-law and sister-in-law were called home to be with the Lord, after arduous battles with dementia and cancer respectively. We rejoice that they are with Jesus and no longer suffering! We thank God that even in the midst of tragedy and loss our God is faithful!
LCDR Dan Klender Chaplain, US Navy USS Normandy