July 24, 2010 2433 LeBain Dr. San Jose, CA 95130 408 600-8884 WE’RE NEVER ALONE HELPING HANDS Santa Cruz Bible Church—Affiliate group The enthusiastic folks at SCBC have been participating more than three years. The chaplain and his family become part of their family even after deployment. Recently they brought Ch Vann, his bride, and 11 month old “Mini Vann” out from Colorado for the weekend to say “Thank You for their service. The California weather cooperated for a pot luck and swim party. Very few adults ventured into the pool but “Mini Vann” loved it. A great time of food, fellowship, and chats with the Vanns. Now Ch Vann is looking for an Army post in the Bay Area for his next assignment.
Trapliners—Trinity Presbyterian Church Alaska—Affiliate group. It may get cold in Alaska...ok it does get cold in Alaska!!! But the nippy weather doesn't slow down these happy packers even a little bit. They support multiple chaplains focusing first on deployed chaplains from Alaska. But when none are deployed they share love and prayers with other chaplains. They’ve sent close to 800 reminders of care and love from their hearts. Where’s the cookies & hot chocolate? Got Coffee???? When a chaplain needs coffee we refer them to our partners at Holy Joe’s Café in CT. Fresh brewing Holy Joe’s coffee brings folks to the chaplain’s office. They’ve shipped 117 tons of coffee to our chaplains. That’s 23 million cups of “joe.” Coffee perks up the warriors and opens doors as one chaplain reports. ...we did indeed receive the Mystic Monk Coffee. Thank you so much. All that you sent has been distributed here at the BAF JOC (Joint Operations Center). You can actually say that the brains of the Afghan war are now running on the good will of Mystic Monk Coffee. It really is more than just providing some heroic folks with a taste of something good from home. Even in the distribution of the coffee to all the sections real authentic ministry is being facilitated due to your generosity. This opens doors for us that we would never get to otherwise. Thanks again and may God bless you! Ch PH Note: Mystic Monk is only one of a number of coffee vendors who contribute great coffee to Holy Joe’s Café.
Memorial… On Tuesday July 13, 2010 Staff SGT Christopher Stout of the 1 Parachute Infantry Regiment died while repelling a Taliban attack on an Afghan police compound near Kandahar. SGT Stout was a chaplain’s assistant and the first one to die in combat since 1970. His memorial was held yesterday at Ft. Bragg with MG Carver, Chief of Army Chaplains in attendance. Picture courtesy of Charlene Rice
Please pray for his widow, three daughters, his chaplain, and his fellow troopers.
Operation Care and Comfort… A local partner in caring for our warriors connected with Old Navy over the July 4th weekend so people could donate items for the troops. When the promotion ended the totals are: 240,000 pairs of flip flops, 900,000 Old Navy flag Tee Shirts, 300,000 boxers, Tees, socks and other Old Navy Items, 40,000 items like sun screen and food items that customers brought and dropped off at the stores.
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Old Navy is shipping the flip flops and flag shirts directly to our deployed troops. Thank you Old Navy!!! Individual ambassadors…. Recently our Mike McNutt, a retired Marine, took a fishing trip to Hawaii. While there he stayed at the military hotel. One morning as he was standing in line for breakfast he saw a chaplain. He engaged the chaplain in conversation and asked if he had heard of Adopt-a-Chaplain. “Heard of it,” the chaplain replied, “everyone in Baghdad knows about it”. Anyone who engages “Gunney” in conversation can expect to hear about Adopt-aChaplain and how they can be a part of the ministry. “Way to go, Gunney!” Because of these and thousands of other partners, Our chaplains and warriors never walk alone THANK YOU! Chaplains and Support Groups... Deployed chaplains of all religious backgrounds may receive support simply by asking. Churches and groups who wish to adopt a chaplain are matched with one of similar religious background or interest. Individual contributions of time, supplies or finances are also greatly appreciated. For more information, visit our web site at www.adopt-achaplain. Org or contact Ben Ferguson at email@example.com “If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter please reply to this e-mail with the words “Cancel my subscription” in the Subject Line.”