To serve those who serve, where others fear to go Born, raised and educated in Romania, Chaplain (Cpt.) George Oanca, pronounced Wonka, currently serves as a religious support officer for the 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Chemical Brigade here on Fort Leonard Wood. But how he found himself here is no average tale. “It is a long story, but I’ll try to make it short,” he said … [Read more...] about One chaplain’s faith and duty
By Chaplain (Col.) David Bowlus The cold December days of 1914 were dark times. Five months had passed since Europe had rushed head-first into war and already the frightful toll of casualties had reached a staggering 800,000 dead and wounded. The holidays only promised to trigger more bloodshed and killing. But something unthinkable happened that Christmas Eve in 1914. In a gesture of … [Read more...] about An unlikely peace
By Chaplain (Maj.) Luis Nestor Anda Jesus came and he is coming again. Advent, which means “coming,” is the season observed by many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting; it is a time of preparation for the Nativity of Jesus’ birth, Christmas. Herod, in Matthew 2:2-6, asks about this child that will be born, inquiring “Where the Christ was to be born.” In Isaiah 7:14, there is … [Read more...] about The Advent and Jesus’ second coming
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” — Philippians 4:6 By Chaplain (Maj.) Clark Sneed Thanksgiving makes me philosophical. My grandfather, a child of the Great Depression, often quipped that they were so broke he could not draw a dollar with a pencil and paper. His father would not let him ride … [Read more...] about On staying grateful
By Chaplain (Maj.) Keith Ferrell There comes a time in a person’s life when they are forced to face a difficult decision about many things. Among them is who to marry, what college to attend or simply where to live. Then there are moments in life where your decision can literally be life and death. It is in each of these moments that our character and our person are molded. Very few understand … [Read more...] about Chaplain’s Corner: When others won’t, the veteran will
By Chaplain (Capt.) Ariel Castillo The season of fall is, once again, quickly becoming my favorite season of the year. As a child, believe it or not, I dreaded the thought of fall. It signified the end of summer, freedom and sun — not to mention the beginning of school, cooler days and longer nights. Perhaps it was just me, but I even found people to be a bit less cordial toward one … [Read more...] about A dreadfully beautiful season
By Chaplain (Capt.) Lelys Miller As the holidays approach, I begin to think about all of those holiday recipes that my mother has sent me through the years. I ponder on which ones to incorporate into this year’s holiday meals, whether spent away with family or here with new friends. I meditate about one of my favorite cookies that I grew up eating called Quequis (pronounced Kaykis) … [Read more...] about Chaplain’s Corner: Everything we need
By Thomas Robinson If you consider yourself a healthy individual, you probably have no plan to visit the doctor any time soon. In fact, the only time you ever make plans to visit the doctor is for the required annual comprehensive medical check-up. There may be times when there is some pain or discomfort in your body, which just doesn’t want to go away. But, for the most part, you are … [Read more...] about Chaplain’s Corner: Do you really need a spiritual check-up?
By Chaplain (Capt.) Hyuntae Kim As we will soon begin to feel the cooler temperatures of autumn, we will suddenly realize that we only have a couple of months left in 2018. It will be Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve will finish up the calendar for this year. With this change of season and the upcoming holidays, we also turn our thoughts to time with family. But … [Read more...] about Chaplain’s Corner: Show your love in action
When the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall recently made its only stop in Missouri, a Fort Leonard Wood chaplain was there to provide religious support. The Douglas County Veterans Memorial Association worked to bring “The Wall That Heals” to the central Missouri area. Among the activities during the wall’s five-day stay in Ava, Missouri, was a “field service” provided by Chap. (Maj.) Daryl … [Read more...] about FLW chaplain provides support for traveling Vietnam wall
By Chaplain (Maj.) Miller Eichelberger Have you ever felt paralyzed because of pain? What about a past pain; something very painful from your past? If so, you understand that this kind of pain can become so overbearing that it can consume a person’s life as he or she tries to reduce and/or stop their pain inside. In my experience as a Family Life chaplain, I often have people that … [Read more...] about Chaplain’s Corner: A season of forgiveness
By Chaplain (Capt.) Bernardino Yebra Special to GUIDON Have you noticed how many sports teams use powerful animals as their team names? Think of teams such as the Chicago Bulls, Clemson Tigers, Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Obviously, the name is supposed to represent the strength and majesty of the animal but, too, the abilities and prowess of the team’s … [Read more...] about Chaplain’s Corner: Wolf or lamb?
By Chaplain (Maj.) Joshua A. Metz Special to GUIDON The reading for this week, Psalm 124, recounts how the Lord saved his people from military disaster. Moreover, the Psalms’ heading attributes the work to King David, who was no stranger to military operations. Time and time again, as David trusted in the Lord, the Lord saved him from what appeared to be a hopeless situation: whether as an … [Read more...] about Chaplain’s Corner: The true constant
By Chaplain (Capt.) George Oanca Special to GUIDON In the early 1960s Premier Khrushchev was speaking before the Supreme Soviet Council. During this speech, he became severely critical of the late Premier Joseph Stalin. While he was speaking, someone from the audience sent up a note saying, “What were you doing when Stalin committed all these atrocities?”. When the note made its way … [Read more...] about Chaplain’s Corner: Are you afraid to stand and be counted?
By Chaplain (Capt.) Matthew Woodside Special to GUIDON When I was little, my mother would tell me to “be still and quit squirming around.” She used to ask me if I had “ants in my pants.” I really had no idea what she meant, but her words came home to roost when I was blessed with my own two sons who also seemingly had “ants in their pants.” I used to play a game with my youngest son. … [Read more...] about Chaplain’s Corner: The power of being still