PODCAST: First-Responder Chaplaincy, Part 16 (Ordained Chaplains – Work of the Chaplain #64 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to the Ordained Chaplains podcast. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society University, and this is “The Work of the Chaplain” Lesson 64. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are interested in serving others through chaplaincy, pastoring, coaching, and counseling to learn the basics of this profession.

Our Work of the Chaplain Passage for this episode is 1 Corinthians 9:27 which says, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from A.W. Tozer. He said, “Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.

Our topic today is: First-Responder Chaplaincy (Part 16)

— Crisis Intervention & Disaster Chaplaincy: Unique Factors

Community clergy and laity who act as crisis and disaster chaplains are often the first spiritual care providers on the scene. Because they live and work in the community, they are the most available to assist victims during the disaster or immediately following the crisis. Often, they are familiar with the general population that is affected, have a network of resources established, and may even know the victims personally. The chaplain’s familiarity with the locale and the people involved is an advantage for the victim but may cause complicating issues for the chaplain or other caregiver. The chaplain may face a difficult challenge if he or she must choose between ministering to a stranger whose needs are greater than a friend’s.

In community disasters, the responding chaplain may also be a direct victim—especially if the disaster has widespread implications as in flooding, hurricanes, or fires. If the disaster chaplain is also the pastor or spiritual leader of a faith community in the affected region, there may be conflicts in the chaplain’s ability to minister to the general population when parishioners are also victims. When the chaplain’s family is impacted, there are even greater emotional conflicts involved. The arrival of disaster chaplains from other communities is a welcome relief for community clergy and laity who act as crisis and disaster chaplains.

Hurricane Rita left a path of destruction that practically immobilized East Texas. Rural communities had few resources to meet all the needs being expressed by residents. The pastor of one local church barely crawled out of his house alive, but he had a flock to care for and he needed to check on them. Two days later he returned home to find his wife and children gone— they couldn’t wait for “Dad” to return to help them. They went to Auntie’s house in a nearby town.

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— PRAYER —

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Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.