Several Ways to Support our Troops in Iraq
EDIT (as of December 2017): I am currently back in the States, and I am looking forward to spending Christmas with my family. Thank you to everyone who supported my unit overseas while deployed! If you are still interested in supporting our troops overseas, I can connect you with chaplain teams currently overseas. Feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
As some of you already know, I am currently serving overseas as a Chaplain Assistant in Iraq. We are part of a joint task force consisting of U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, coalition forces, and civilians. As a chaplain support team, the chaplain and I are not only dedicated to providing religious support to all personnel here on base, but also providing regular events to boost morale and bring entertainment to this austere environment.
If you are so inclined, here are a few ways you can join with us and help us continue this work in Iraq:
1. Donate directly to help provide needed chapel supplies and morale items.
Both the chaplain and I have spent significant personal resources to provide basic needs for the chapel and to put on morale events for the troops. While we do receive care packages (and they are much appreciated!), there are some specific needs that simply cannot be anticipated by organizations or individuals sending packages (ie. sound system cables, power adapters, event supplies, etc). By donating, you can help us have the funds to purchase items when needs arise.
To donate, go to this link: LINK NO LONGER ACTIVE
2. Purchase needed items from our Amazon wishlist.
If you would prefer, you can visit our Amazon wishlist and purchase specific items for the chapel. When you purchase something from the Amazon wishlist, you can have something immediately sent directly to us: LINK NO LONGER ACTIVE
3. Keep us in your prayers.
In addition to physical items, there are often many intangible needs in a combat zone. Some of the personnel here are going through financial rough spots, relationship issues, loneliness, and other issues back home. Your prayers can go a long way toward helping us effectively minister to those who are hurting and in need of spiritual support.
If you would like to know specific ways you can hold us up in prayer, feel free to email me at email@example.com.
4. Share this post and the links to support our work here in Iraq.
Even something as simple as sharing this post can make an impact. Here are a few ways to share:
Link to Donate: LINK NO LONGER ACTIVE
Link to Amazon Wishlist: LINK NO LONGER ACTIVE
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The chaplain and I are working very hard to ensure that both physical and spiritual needs are met all across camp. More often than not we have been lacking the supplies and support to be as effective as possible. We will continue to do whatever is necessary to accomplish the mission, including using our own money and resources. The ministry that is occuring here and the relationships that are being built are worth it.
Your help can ensure that we maintain a high level of effectiveness throughout the remaining time here in Iraq. It will also help us set the next chaplain team up for success when we hand off to them.
Thank you so much for your support and generosity!