As we honor troops and veterans this Memorial Day, we are also mindful of chaplains who serve our country with great courage and compassion.
In recent months, our military has played an integral role in the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. National guard units have been deployed to set up and manage alternative care facilities and to fly ventilators to hospitals. For several weeks, the USNS Comfort docked outside NYC and the USNS Mercy docked outside Los Angeles to support local hospitals in their care of coronavirus patients. VA hospital chaplains have been essential in their role to provide care, as social distancing allows, to veterans at their facilities.
Like first responders and healthcare professionals, members of our military personnel have been at the forefront of the pandemic response. Prison chaplains have also played a key role in pastoral care to inmates, as several prisons have experienced outbreaks of the virus.
Memorial Day also marks the beginning of The Upper Room Chaplains’ Ministry campaign in which we raise awareness about and funds for this donor-led outreach. Now, more than ever, your gift to The Upper Room Chaplains’ Ministry matters. Your gift allows us to supply copies of The Upper Room daily devotional free-of-charge to military and prison chaplains to help the people in their care create daily life with God.
Last year, because of donors’ overwhelming generosity, we were able to expand this ministry to include VA hospital chaplains. Over 100 VA chaplains now have dozens of copies in hand to share with patients.
Your gift to this ministry will help determine how well we can continue to support our military, prison, and VA hospital chaplains in their ministries, especially during this time of need. We value your partnership and dedication to this long-standing ministry, established during World War II.
Your gift of any size will make a difference. Thank you.
Nicole Curtis serves as the communications manager of The Upper Room.
“I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what is it that you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s People and like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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