During the Global Assembly in Hong Kong in May of this year, a meeting was held with Bishop Valery Reshetinsky from the Ukraine, upon his request, to consider this request for training. At that meeting he explained that the Ukrainian Army does not have a formal military chaplain institution. This is where we learned that civilian pastors from various faith groups volunteer to go to the sites where Ukrainian soldiers are training and fighting and provide for them, the best they can, religious support and pastoral care. It was determined at the Hong Kong meeting that the IPHC Chaplain Ministries would provide this training.
A team of six men and two women has been selected to provide this training: Chaplain (Colonel) Lou Shirey, US Army Retired, Becky Shirey, Chaplain (Colonel) Roger Heath, US Army Retired, Chaplain (Colonel) Philip Chandler, US Army Retired, Chaplain (Colonel) Jerry L. Jones, US Army Retired, and Cynthia Jones. Each of these individuals have skill sets and experience that allows them to address specific chaplain functions, pastoral essentials, and family readiness issues.
The training will be inclusive of functional topics for religious support and pastoral care. Some of the topics for instruction are: History of the U.S. Chaplaincy and Structure, Role of the Chaplain with Commanders and Soldiers, Inspiring Soldiers in Battle, Providing Pastoral Care and Religious Needs, Crisis and Grief Counseling, Critical Incident De-briefings, Post Traumatic Issues and Moral Injury, Hospital Visitation, Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Memorials Honors and Funerals, Spouse and Family Issues and Readiness.
Our leadership in the Ukraine and here at the GMC see this as a tremendous opportunity for the IPHC to join its chaplains and pastors with their experiences in an effort to build the Kingdom of God within the individual soldiers of the Ukrainian Army.
Chaplain Jerry Jones requests that the readers of Hugh's News remember this select team of retired chaplains and two chaplain's wives in your daily prayers for traveling mercies, protection from all harm and danger, a special anointing as they teach both pastors and their wives, and divine favor with customs and governmental officials.