Chaplains On A Mission

provby Deputy Chief Chaplain Providence Crowder

As a Flower City Chaplain, I have seen first-hand the devastating implications of our society’s declining morals and values on individuals, families, and communities.  One does not have to look far to see the impact that current happenings, such as mass unemployment and economic uncertainty, the breakdown of the family unit, civil unrest, and daily reports of crime and violence have on the spirit of people of all stripes who are trying to make sense of it all—it’s frightening . . . it’s discouraging, and it’s easy to give up hope and lose heart.

Yet, as a Christian Chaplain to institutions and communities, I am charged by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to do the work of an evangelist; I am challenged daily to face life’s obstacles with fearlessness and hope.  So, when seeking answers to our social and economic woes, I must prayerfully consider what the Bible says and apply God’s Word to each and every situation.

In Scripture, we read of various men and women—called by God—who were quite ordinary in every sense of the word, but through God, they were able to accomplish extra-ordinary feats.  These people faced great trials, and all of them suffered grave persecution.   In fact, the Bible teaches a peculiar message that “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. 3:12).

Though these devout men and women of God in Scripture lived in different eras and faced diverse tribulations, they had these things in common—they had their eyes fixed on God and they trusted him as the great Redeemer of the world.  They knew that “if God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31).

Jesus has warned those of us who believe in Him, “In the world ye shall have tribulation;” nonetheless, he gives us this command: “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).  Knowing that Christ has overcome, we know that through Him, we are overcomers.  This promise gives us hope, and peace of mind—in this life, and the life to come.

That is why our primary mission as Flower City Chaplains is to share the gospel of the cross through service and love so that people may know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and King, and have the peace and reassurance that only comes through a relationship with Him.  Whether it be at a homeless shelter, a crime scene, a school, or a hospital—our community and public safety chaplains seek to bring not only valuable resources, but the most valuable resource—truth.  Jesus said, “I am the truth, the way, and the life”

Armed with this truth, people are freed from the bondage that fear and uncertainty bring.  Armed with this truth, lives are transformed, minds are renewed, and spirits refreshed—empowering those who obtain faith in Christ to live not only for today, but with eyes fixed upward.

Flower City Chaplain Corps is looking for a few good men and women who will faithfully serve alongside us as missionaries in the streets, schools, hospitals, and businesses of our city and surrounding towns and villages.  We are an extension of our local churches; fulfilling God’s great commission to go—and we will go—in Jesus name!

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