Last Friday, we released a story about a BGCT chaplain serving in Iraq. She started a 24-hour coffee house that offers homemade cookies in an effort to connect with the service men and women there. They come for the cookies — some of which she’s made on an Easy Bake Oven — and there they can safely share any issues that may be going on in their lives.She describes the ministry this way:
“The outreach connects our service members with people back home who want to show their support of our men and women in uniform by baking something special just for them,” she said. “The outreach also draws in service members who might not otherwise come to see the chaplain. It is much easier to say to your leadership or buddies, ‘I need a cup of coffee,’ than ‘I am having problems at home and need to talk to the chaplain.’
“The outreach is an informal way to bring in service members so we can offer a little chaplain loving care. We all need to know and feel that we are loved and that is especially true when you live and work in a combat zone. Through the outreach, our hope is that the service members know that people back home care about them and are praying for them, that the chaplain team cares for them, and most importantly, that God cares for them and will never forget them.”
If churches and individuals would like to support the troops through the chaplain’s ministry, they can send homemade cookies to her. If you’re interested, call the BGCT at 888-244-9400 for more information. I apologize, but I promised I wouldn’t post a mailing the chaplain’s mailing address online, so we’re going to go the old fashioned way of doing it via the phone.