Church in war: Bringing spritual support to those deployed

By Chap. (Lt. Col.) RAYMOND FOLSOM


FORT POLK, La. — Military chaplains are not ordinary pastors nor are their parishioners. Chaplains are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year.

In most countries, in every part of the world, and certainly where the United States deploys its military, the chaplain is right there.

Military chaplains have parishioners who “come as they are”, un-showered, tired and carrying a weapon.

They may have just returned from a mission to help a civilian family or village, snatch and grab, identify a high value target or on patrol.

They may have received bad news from home: Someone is sick, dying or dead, or just returned from a firefight where they had to kill. Our makeshift parking lot is filled with HUMMWVs, tanks and armored personal carriers.

These Americans are not concerned with “religion” or how they look. They want to know things will be OK and pray that God will protect them.

They may struggle with connecting with God over moral issues.

They just want to know there is hope, real hope, purpose or reason and to hear from God, who loves them.




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