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America on Anesthesia
How soon America forgets the sudden wave of shock, pain and suffering we experienced on 9-11. It is as if we suddenly awoke on an operating table to the horrible pain of live surgery only to be given more anesthesia and now we are back asleep.
What was lacking most on that day? It was not the police, fire fighters or emergency personnel, many of whom gave their lives. The Red Cross was there taking blood donations and helping the physical bodies of victims and rescuers. They all were there! So what was needed?
Revival in Women's Prison by Steve Miller
On June 6th fourteen volunteers from three different churches held services at the Mountain View Prison Unit in Gatesville, TX. The chaplain at this facility is apostolic which is a great blessing.
Upon arrival we were split into groups of four people which went into the women's cell blocks to ministered to them thru the bars.
Sister Della Steele and I were the only two people allowed into Death Row. At the present time, there are only seven women on Death Row, only three of those women came to our service. The three were allowed out of their cells and into a day room where we were given a little less than an hour to minister. During this service one of the three ladies received the Holy Ghost and all three said they would fill out the I-60 form requesting to be baptized in Jesus name. Our hearts were so touched by one lady in the service who is scheduled for execution in September. She cried and really sought for the Holy Ghost but did not receive it. Please pray for her.
After all of the groups ministered in the cell blocks and we had ministered on death row, we gathered in the main chapel for another service of approximately 200 women. During this service an additional twelve women received the Holy Ghost. The chaplain told all of the men that we were not allowed to touch any of the women at all. We could pray for them but couldn't touch them in any way. The first three women I prayed for, as I placed my hands behind my back, all three received the Holy Ghost. God has no limits and is not limited by what we think He should do.
While we were having our service with the 200 women four of our volunteers were in a different day room, within the prison, holding another service with twenty women. One of them also received the Holy Ghost.
So far this year our group from the Austin area has seen 114 men and women receive the Holy Ghost. We are believing great things for the rest of the year.
Chaplain Steve Miller
Note picture above not from Mountain View Prison Unit in Gatesville, TX but representative of wome in prison
Great News on CEUs
Chaplain Miller would like to share with all of our chaplains a place to obtain Continuing Education Units" for a very reasonable cost. www.quantumunitsed.com/
OCA will accept any field related training taught by credible trainers. ICPC is great Police chaplain training as well as many hospitals offer CPE training for Medical chaplains.
Tornado hits Tupelo MS
The City I live in was hit by an F3 tornado. Our internet and power was messed up for a while so when I tried to get this on our website only the picture made it.
When disaster strikes it is the best time to put your chaplain training into action!
Chaplain Hattabaugh, our commander over the Police/Fire chaplains submitted this helpful booklet on
Subject: DHS Resources for Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Events
Click on the link above entitled "Active Shooter How to respond" to view
This is also available in Spanish by requesting by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chaplain Training in Garland, TX
Chaplain’s Essentials OCA training presented May 9-10, 2014
sponsored by North Cities UPCI Garland TX, Pastor Pastor D. G. Hargrove.
Twenty-two trainees were given certificates for completing Chaplain’s Essentials Part 2. Workshop participants included 13 males and10 females with eight churches represented,. Three attendees were chaplains (Law Enforcement/Hospice); Three pastors of area churches attended along with 12 individuals from the host North Cities United Pentecostal Church.
Highlights included Chaplain Nigel Ali from Granbury presented a session on the call of a chaplain and spoke in the anointing burden/devotion. Chaplain Andrew Reece, of St Paul MN presented a session on Political Chaplaincy – how to be a chaplain to members of the state legislature, and also led a discussion and exercise on professionalism in chaplaincy.
The discussion dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was disrupted with a deep spiritual call from God. Worship and praise brought tongues with interpretation followed by a prophetic announcement to the group.
Police Chaplain Doug Pruitt , Granbury, gave an update on the Texas Chaplains Association and called for membership.
OCA Chaplain Wade shares her chaplain work
Praise the Lord, my name is Chaplain Sophenia (Sophie) Wade; minister and founder of L.O.V.E. International Women’s Ministry,which ministers to young ladies and ladies of all ages. Though originally centered in San Juan Capistrano California as a house to house ministry God has blessed us with the addition of LOVE ALIVE (now IGNITING THE FIRE OF LOVE) Online radio ministry L.O.V.E. began to grow and now ministers to women across the United states.Many of which are hurting bruised or confused. Some feeling they can never rise above their past have learned through L.O.V.E. that they can. Lastyear our ministry hit two mile stones the first is one every chaplain or minister prepares for but prays will never happen; the passing of a member and dear friend shortly after I was blessed with the opportunity to minister in a conference in Evaton, South Africaand I am excited to announce and to have a chance to serve in Africa once again. I have been invited toN'Dola Zambiato teach a leadership seminar designed to build, strengthen and encourage pastors, ministers, teachers and leaders to be effective leaders in the church;and preach the Believer'sconference which is scheduled to run July 8-13. The theme of the conference is CROSSING OVER: It Is Time to Break the Chains. I truly praise God for
Glory and Honor to the Lord for he is good." I have an article that I thought would be good for the web page. If you desire to post it that would be great, if not that is fine also. I just wanted to share this hoping that other people would become more informed about PTSD.
Thank You and God Bless,
Bro. Larry E.Decker M.Div
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD- the unseen enemy)
We need to understand veterans with PTSD. With so many soldiers being deployed overseas, many have returned with this condition. Some receive treatment, while others do not search for help. As a church body, we need to reach out and help these veterans. So many times their actions are misunderstood.
As a veteran myself, I have been back from the war theater for seven years. I still find myself experiencing the effects of PTSD. Nightmares reoccur at times when you least expect them. This tends to disorient you and you begin withdrawing again. Much of the time when this happens, we find refuge in the security of our own home. We are embarrassed to discuss this with family members and even clergy, afraid they will think we are weak.
Life-changing events and situations create setbacks for a veteran with PTSD. A death of a family member or close friend, or other major life-changing events such as retirement or change of employment can trigger anxiety to resurface. During times like these, the veteran may return to a period of withdrawal and seek the feeling of safety in his/her home. You may notice a change in their faithfulness to church as well. It is during these times when you see these changes, that your understanding, patience, and acts of reaching out to that individual will be most appreciated. It is definitely not a time to criticize or rebuke that veteran for their actions. They have not turned their back on God, they will recover and return to church after a short time of regrouping their feelings of anxiety that these life-changes have created.
We need to educate ourselves and pray for our veterans that have been affected by this, not only the present wars, but past wars as well. You can also research this at the va.org website.
Chaplain Decker is:
Retired military National Guard, Staff Sgt. E-6
35 years affiliation with military service
Life member VFW
Numerous overseas and stateside deployments, most recent Kandahar, Afghanistan
Will graduate this spring with Th.D.
Associate Chaplain, Bloomington Hospital, 18 years
OCA Police Chaplains
Here are two of our chaplains being sworn in as police chaplains. Chaplain Robert Mitchell and Chaplain Andrew Wasmundt JR..This is the vision that we have had for so many years! That our chaplains could minister and be a vital part of every occupation. At this point we are closing in on 100 occupational chaplains in the UPCI. Thank you God for your direction, Daniel Batchelor for his leadership and the great team that we work with Chaplain Hattabaugh, Chaplain Hawkins, Dr. Poe our director of training and my assistant Steve Miller.
William N Dillon
If you are currently serving as a chaplain
WE WANT YOU
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A wonderful site dedicated to helping prevent officer suicide. Met my friend Andy O'Hara and his dedicated team