“But He was wounded
for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for
our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”(Isaiah 53:5)
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Appreciatively in the Lord,
Dr. Robert H. Turrill
President & CEO
Evangelical Church Alliance
ECA Chaplain Assists Red Cross in San Diego Firestorms
Chaplain Connie Regener, MA., BCC
COMPASSIONATE HEARTS SERVICES, INC.
It really hit me when I picked up the clipboard and read “All addresses destroyed except 22835”.
It was the route assignment for our American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) from which we would be serving meals to victims of the recent firestorms in a subdivision in San Diego County.
Although I had trained for such events, the utter devastation caught me by surprise. I only asked once “Were you able to save anything?” On scene I surveyed lot after lot with nothing but gray and white ashes, interrupted by an occasional chimney, sink, or appliance.
Mostly I learned to stand still with the home owners, who from time to time would voice a memory or grieve a loss. Some wanted a hug and some shook my hand. Others just wanted to share the moment or needed a shoulder to cry on.
Contrasted with the dreary devastation of the scene was the upbeat resiliency of the people I encountered. They all mentioned that no one had been lost, despite the intensity and unpredictability of the fire. They all wanted to build again on such a sacred space. This space was doubly sacred because not only was it their own personal residence, but it was next to a religious retreat center where many had seen healing of body, mind, and soul.
Some reaffirmed their faith and said it was helping them through such tough times. They gave thanks for the outpouring of assistance. There was talk of building back bigger and better. There was also musing that God might be calling them in another direction. Each person has to decide their own recovery plan. Some will stay and some will move on. It was good just to hear them out, acknowledge their concerns, and give them a safe place to consider the next step. Being in an unfamiliar, scary place is bad—but it’s worse when you are there alone.
That’s where the Red Cross comes in. By putting mental health workers (and chaplains like me) on the ERV’s that are in the community distributing food and water, we can meet basic needs of body, mind, and soul. Supplying a cold bottle of water, voicing understanding, or offering compassion can quench anguish of body, mind, and soul. “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” (Psalm 94:19).
At the end of a weary day I returned to Red Cross headquarters. My steel-toed boots were dusty with ashes and my face was a little sunburned. “All addresses destroyed except 22835” was no longer a notation but a vivid picture burned into my mind. I can only hope that as the victims bring their experience to mind they will also picture that someone was standing with them in their time of anguish.
I am thankful for the opportunity to serve in this way, and encourage my fellow clergy to check-out the many ways they can train to be of service with their local Red Cross.
Remembering Rev. Arlene E. Leis
After nearly a yearlong battle with cancer, the Rev. Arlene Leis, our beloved sister and member of the ECA’s Canadian Committee, is now in glory. She faced this challenge with grace and poise, never wavering in her faith during the painful ordeal.
Her service unto her Lord spanned various venues including directing and producing Christian television programs, pastoring, counseling, and mentoring women in ministry. As a part of the ECA’s leadership team, her insights and wise counsel will certainly be missed.
Join me in celebrating the life and legacy of this beloved servant, who is now beholding the face of her Savior. Please remember her family, especially Elmer, her ailing husband and partner in ministry, Elmer, in your prayers. Indeed how appropriate are the words of Psalm 116:15 on Arlene’s behalf, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”
In Christ’s love,
Ministering Amidst the Devastation: Oso, Washington’s Mudslide
(Chaplain Kenneth Bailey)
Most recently I was called out by the Washington State Patrol to go to the Mudslide in Oso, WA. Approaching this sight it was, as they said; unimaginable; so much devastation! As I arrived on the sight I was called to attend to two men who had just found a small baby and their hearts were broken; never dreaming in their life that this is something they would do one day. I spent time with them; listening, caring and sharing with them in this most difficult moment of their life. The two men were not firefighters, officers, or even search and rescue personnel, but Department of Transportation workers in the process of clearing the road. They were going slow, very watchful, knowing of the potential for victims in their path. Even so, they were not prepared for what they would find as you can imagine it was very traumatic for them!
Keeping Vigil: The Sheriff's Chaplain
By: KHQ Q6 News
(Rev. Curtis S. Quaschnick, ECA Board Member and Lead Chaplain for the sheriff's office of Spokane County, Washington)
Click here to watch the televison interview with Chaplain Quaschnick.
From Missions To Mission: Our Daughter's Homegoing!
By: Rev. Chris Williams
(Rev. Williams and late daughter, Justina, in Ireland, 2009)
“Ministries to the Military” with Cadence International, that’s where we were headed. We had finished a year of preparation concluding with two weeks of Candidacy school in Colorado in June of 2011. My wife and I were appointed missionaries, we were excited, we were at peace with this direction and we came home and continued the preparation to get to the mission field. After five interviews in two days, hours of classes, a number of psychological tests, workshops and other preparation we were at rest and on our way. We were reading books to learn how to raise money and getting our list of possible donators together. One element we were waiting for was a promotional video, which would help kick-start the new ministry we were ready to embark upon. While we were in Colorado a production company prepared this video and time would be needed to edit and finalize its production. We had the peace of God in our lives that this direction would enable us to share the gospel with our military personnel, which we felt called to. So, as we waited on our promotional video we were organizing ourselves to transition into fund raising mode. We were sent home to read some books that would strengthen us and make sure we were spiritually ready for this new adventure in our lives. From June 2011 to October 2011 we were on our way back into mission work after beginning our lives together in mission work.
Our mission and direction would change dramatically and rapidly. On an extremely foggy morning, namely October 7, 2011, which will be etched in our minds forever, I received that dreaded phone call that no parent ever wants to receive. “Mr. Williams, your 20 year-old daughter has been in a terrible automobile accident.” My wife and I were soon on our way driving on a long journey to the hospital. She was traveling to nursing clinicals when the driver of the car she was in missed a stop sign and they were broadsided being hit where our daughter was sitting. Arriving at the hospital and being met by the Chaplain it was clear to us that we were not going to receive any good news. We were taken into a private room and given the grim prognosis. There was no hope, and we needed to make some seriously difficult decisions that no parent should have to make for their child. We had to make the decision to let her go because she was brain dead and would never have a life worth living on this earth. Also, we were approached by “donate life” to see if we were interested in donating any of her organs. Five organs saved four lives so if we could not have our daughter back; we were willing to help save four lives.
This journey we are on has been grievous, strenuous, stressful and painful. Through all the emotions that have come our way, we have learned to trust in Jesus, and we have the peace that passes all understanding in our hearts. As our daughter lay there in the hospital bed we began to sing songs like, “Amazing Grace,” and pray together as a family. We knew we were looking at her shell and we knew with assurance through the life she lived that she was now living eternally with her heavenly Father. We came home from the hospital saddened by our loss and with peace in our hearts at the same time. We found out during that first weekend that her last post on Facebook was a quote from Charles Spurgeon, “By perseverance, the snail reached the ark.” This journey continues and we have not reached the end. While we continue down this path that has been chosen for us, we persevere and begin a new mission. We have chosen to continue striving toward mission work with the military. We began this journey with peace in our hearts about sharing the gospel with our military; though now in light of our loss it may look a bit differently, we still look forward to this avenue of ministry. This grief we live with and the path we follow will be used to touch others as we now can share wisdom out of our pain.
Western Maryland, We're Not In This Alone
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EVENTS & NEW MEMBERS
2014 ECA Events
Dear ECA members, candidates and friends:
Regarding the hardships the Apostle Paul faced in fulfilling the Lord’s call on his life, in Acts 20:24 he declares to the elders at Ephesus, “…none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (NKJV). Here we can see as our brother runs his spiritual race, he is determined not to allow himself to be distracted from the objective of reaching the finish line.
To experience some of the highlights of the ECA's 2014 International Conference with the theme, "Finishing the Race", and held in July, click here both to access speaker photographs, biographies and downloaded sessions and to view the flash photo gallery of activities over the course of the gathering. I trust you will be blessed. Also, to see some of our new members, who joined the ECA family of faith over the past twelve months or so, simply scroll down this column. May the Lord richly bless you. -Bob Turrill
Fall Gathering and Ordination Ceremony
Continuing with the ECA's theme for the year, "Finishing the Race", from Acts 20:24, the next event on the ECA calendar is our Fall Gathering and Ordination Ceremony to be hosted at Christ Church at Grove Farm, Sewickley, PA, USA, in the Pittsburgh area. The occasion will include a challenging and uplifting message, holy service of ordination and licensure, and time of fellowship and refreshment with new members and old friends. For more details, click here. I hope to see you there. -Bob Turrill
(Christ Church at Grove Farm)
Welcome New Members!
2014 Winter Gathering & Ordination Service
2013 Midwest Ordination Service
2013 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference
2013 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference
2013 Northern California Regional Conference
2013 Southern California Regional Conference
Highlights of Former ECA Annual Conferences
For highlights of former ECA Annual Conferences, the session recordings are available for download on the left hand margin of the Events page.
MILITARY CHAPLAIN MEMBERS
Dr. Elmon R. Krupnik, ECA Military Chaplain Commission Chairman
ECA Chaplain Baek Leads Prayer at US Capitol Event
ECA Chaplain Captain Peter E. Baek leads in prayer at the "Washington: Man of Prayer" Commemorative Service, held at the US Capitol on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014.
(CH Baek, son Zach (L) and ECA CH Lt. Col. Colin F. Smith (R))
"It was an exciting yet humbling experience to be part of such an historical event. To pray for our nation with our elected officials and religious leaders is an event that my son and I will never forget. I was grateful for the invitation to pray especially for the members of our military and be joined by my son was the highlight for us. As an active duty Army Chaplain praying for the service members and Families is something that I always do and consider a privilege, but to pray in that environment made it even more special." ~ Chaplain Baek
Good Friday Walk/Run
Members of the Arizona National Guard participated in the annual Good Friday Walk/Run in Phoenix, Arizona. Special participants were Brigadier General John Burk (to the left of the cross) and World War II veteran Mr. Boone (in wheelchair). Mr. Boone was with one of the first experimental parachute units (before the Band of Brothers units) and had several combat jumps in Europe during World War II. A man of faith, reading his Bible and Daily Bread every day, he also has his personal supply of ketchup with him at every meal “just in case.” Brother Boone is truly an outstanding example of someone who has run the race and finished the course. Remarks this faithful servant of the Lord, “It was through faith that God has sustained me in peace and war.”
ECA Chaplains Serve in Aftermath of Ft. Hood Tragedy
(Chaplain Joel Montes, Retired)
Chaplain (Captain) Joel Montes served as a chaplain in the US Army from 2008-2014. His service began at Fort Rucker, AL, deploying to Kuwait and Iraq with 1-58th Aviation Battalion in 2008. His second assignment was to Fort Hood, TX, with deployment to Iraq with the 62nd Signal Battalion in 2011.
Combat Boots and Prayer
Story by Sgt.
(Chaplains from the Arizona Army National Guard conducted a recent spiritual exercise held at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Ariz. - The soldiers file into the room and take seats behind large hand drums
placed by each chair, which have been situated into a circle. The instructor
advises them to take up the drums and get ready to play. The soldiers
sheepishly grab hold of the drums in front of them and begin following the
A few minutes later, the sound of beating drums loudly bounce off the walls. Smiles and laughter, and at times, flailing of arms and dancing can be observed as the soldiers get more comfortable with what they are doing.
This was just one part of the training chaplains and chaplain’s assistants from the Arizona Army National Guard recently received during a recent spiritual exercise held at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale.
The first-ever training entitled, “A Time for Renewal, A Time for Growth, A Time to Connect,” was designed to help chaplains, candidates and chaplain’s assistants reconnect with the chaplain corps.
“Any practice that broadens the corps’ understanding of spiritual disciplines strengthens us in our individual callings and binds us more readily together as a religious support team,” said Capt. Brad Walgren, a chaplain assigned to the 158th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and the officer in charge of this event. “One of the greatest outcomes of the exercise was the Unit Ministry Teams now all know each other personally and have worshipped together as one.”
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Tyrone Luines swearing in as one of ECA's newest chaplains on September 24, 2013
CH (CPT) Chuck Lowman
1/11ACR Squadron Chaplain
Fort Irwin, CA
(CH (CPT) Chuck Lowman foreground)
For anyone that’s been on a rotation through the National Training Center (NTC), a world of extremes would be an appropriate description. From freezing temperatures in the winter, to extreme heat in the summer, and a very challenging OPTEMPO, the NTC pushes those extremes to the limit. One of unspoken goals of the NTC is to stress and break the systems of the Rotational Training Unit (RTU – the unit coming to the NTC to be trained), to see how those systems hold up under pressure. This stress is purposeful, to make the teams learn from their mistakes, to make their systems better, and in the words of my Squadron Commander, “To make their worst day be here at the National Training Center, so that they will be prepared when they face real bullets downrange!”
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