Blogs & Articles

New Dress Code for Hospital Chaplains: COVID-19 PPE

By Venture Church Network / April 20, 2020

By Chaplain Gordon Ruddick, Peace Health Medical Center, Springfield, Oregon As chaplains, we’ve always been required to wear “business casual” to work. Still true. Now, though,  there’s a new addition. All employees are required to wear a yellow, slightly itchy, hospital mask during our workday. In order to enter one of only three entrances we…

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He Was There

By Venture Church Network / April 16, 2020

Chaplain response to NAS Pensacola terrorist attack By Chaplain Nick Dewhurst, US Navy Reserve, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida On Friday December 6, 2019, there was an attack on students at Naval Air Station Pensacola. At the time, the news reported over 11 hurt and several fatalities. The moment I heard of the events, I…

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It’s Who You Know

By Venture Church Network / April 16, 2020

Retired Chaplain Rivals the Energizer Bunny By Chaplain Bob Hicks, USAF, Retired & FBI Volunteer Cars, Taxis, & Walking CRU International Report 2019 Unlike years’ past, this 2019 found me serving the military in four countries.  It was a very busy fall schedule taking me to Canada, Ukraine, Israel and Kenya. Kingston, Ontario, Canada Through…

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Chat with Chaplain

By Venture Church Network / April 16, 2020

Finding Hope in the Midst of Crisis By Chaplain Evan Spencer, Salem VA Medical Center, Salem, Virginia Here’s how one VA chaplain reaches out to confined patients…through closed circuit TV (CCTV) Welcome, and thanks for joining us!  Hi, I’m Chaplain Evan Spencer and I’d like to talk to you today about finding hope in the…

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Keeping Distance in Kosovo

By Venture Church Network / March 30, 2020

COVID-19 impact on life and ministry By Chaplain Jason Dong, Oregon Army National Guard, Deployed Greetings from Kosovo!  Unfortunately, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 occurred on one of our bases here in Kosovo.  (Approximately 60 cases have been reported in Kosovo with 1 death.)  Restrictions on movement and social interaction where I’m located have…

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Jesus our Hero

By Venture Church Network / March 26, 2020

Pastor-friend’s long-term prayer for chaplain-friend By Chaplain Greg Uvila, LCDR, US Navy,Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, WA Recently at the CBNW annual enrichment conference we experienced phenomenal preaching and teaching by Pastor Jeff Vandestelt.  He wisely articulated what “Everyday Evangelism” is.  Pastor Jeff challenged us in many important ways; particularly one stuck like…

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Ministry in the Balkans

By Venture Church Network / March 24, 2020

Guard chaplain supports peacekeepers in Kosovo By Chaplain Jason Dong, Oregon Army National Guard, Deployed Greetings from Kosovo!  I hope this finds you in peace and good health.  We arrived in Kosovo five days ago.  Unfortunately, I’ve already become quite sick as the poor air quality reignited by chronic sinusitis into an infection.  Due to…

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Lingering Longer with the Lord

By Venture Church Network / February 18, 2020

Chaplain preps himself for divine duty By Chaplain Dan Wilton, Illinois Air National Guard, Deployed My first deployment was full of many wonderful demonstrations of God’s faithful presence and gracious empowering.  Nearly every day I saw God grow in me a greater desire to be obedient to His Spirit in what, when, and how I would…

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Little Eyes Are Watching

By Venture Church Network / January 27, 2020

How a Navy Chaplain’s wife supports her husband By Chaplain Jonathan Stephens, US Navy, 7th Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan  When her first child was only six months old, Melissa’s husband received orders to the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in the 7th Fleet at Yokosuka, Japan.  After the three of them arrived, it was only two…

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Last-minute Good-byes

By Venture Church Network / January 27, 2020

Text reply from recently released inmate By Jerry Levizon, Chaplain to female inmates, Pacific Northwest This New Year’s Day I woke up early to take Misty to the train station in Klamath Falls Oregon. On Monday December 30, Misty was released from jail after serving 6 months. I began visiting Misty in jail three months…

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