As the “Atlantic Resolve” mission becomes more robust in Eastern Europe, and units are standing up new headquarters in collaboration with NATO Allies, the US Army Chaplain Corps, as a representative of The Holy, meets Soldiers where they are.
The 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion recently established a new logistics headquarters in Powidz, Poland. In anticipation of this need, Chaplain Andrew Calvert and Specialist Malcolm Williams created a sacred space for the Soldiers living there now, and for those of the 497th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion scheduled to take over the mission in mid-Spring 2017. The space is called Grace Point Chapel – Where God and People Come together.
Chapels are places where Soldiers can worship and volunteer. This creates a sense of connectedness that is greater and deeper than their unit normally could provide. Spiritual Fitness and a relationship to The Holy is essential for the well-being and development of the whole Soldier concept. This space and needed resources were coordinated through a Polish Air Force liaison to “perform and/or provide” full spectrum Religious Support to all personnel both US and foreign.
WHO: CH (CPT) Andrew Calvert and SPC Malcolm Williams (18th CSSB)
WHAT: Setting up an enduring Chapel at Powidz, POL
WHEN/WHERE: Jan-Feb 2017
Chaplain Andy writes, “I was excited to read in Chaplain Calvert’s report, the establishing of this the Army’s newest dedicated chapel facility in Poland, so I asked him to send photos. He saw the need, and with the eyes of faith, and a diplomatic boldness, he recommended to his command team the transformation of a suitable space into a chapel facility. Approval was granted, and through a cooperative effort, Grace Point Chapel – Where God and People Come together, came into being.
Pray for this facility to always be available for God-honoring activities, and that it will become a “spiritual home” for all visiting personnel. Join me in celebrating this historic event in USArmy chaplain history!
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