PODCAST: First-Responder Chaplaincy, Part 13 (Ordained Chaplains: Work of the Chaplain #61 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to the Ordained Chaplains podcast. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society University, and this is “The Work of the Chaplain” Lesson 61. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are interested in serving others through chaplaincy, pastoring, coaching, and counseling to learn the basics of this profession.

Our Work of the Chaplain Passage for this episode is John 12:49-50 which says, “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from an anonymous source. It says, “A Christian is a living sermon whether or not he preaches a word.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.

Our topic today is: First-Responder Chaplaincy (Part 13)

— Crisis Intervention & Disaster Chaplaincy: Specific Duties

Spiritual care in crisis is urgent, spontaneous, and finite. In most cases, victims have no prior association with the crisis chaplain and have no basis for trust or confidence. Furthermore, victims rarely have future contact with these crisis or disaster chaplains. Crisis chaplains prioritize stress mitigation through early intervention and cathartic ventilation—making the contact without delay and allowing the victim to “vent” reaction. Like EMTs, crisis chaplains have no expectations for providing long-term care. They simply provide emergency spiritual care at the scene of the crisis.

Spiritual care in the aftermath of critical events and disasters is not necessarily “witnessing,” “evangelizing,” “preaching,” or “proselytizing.” During this critical period, spiritual care will be feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, providing water for the thirsty, sheltering the exposed, and caring for the wounded and sick. The practical acts of compassion and caring are the most immediate needs. Providing encouragement through presence, listening, and prayer (if invited) will be the most helpful interventions of spiritual care.

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— PRAYER —

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Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.