When the Fort Buchanan Religious Support Office sent out a request for support in the form of humanitarian donations or fund transfers on December 8, 2017, two Fort Bragg Congregations answered the call.
The John F. Kennedy Memorial Chapel and the Chapel Next congregations reached deep contributing a total of $3,000 in the form of a funds transfer.
“When the call went out, JFK Memorial Chapel didn’t hesitate to answer that call. This was the second time the chapel had donated to support hurricane relief efforts this hurricane season,” said Chap. (Capt.) Christopher Schafer, lead pastor, JFK Memorial Chapel.
Chap. (Maj.) Scott Jackson, deputy command chaplain, 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, mirrored Schafer’s sentiment.
“As a church, it was just something we felt like we needed to do for the people in Puerto Rico,” said Jackson.
Jackson spent six weeks assisting those in need in Puerto Rico from September to November 2017.
“We saw a lot of people in need. We, just our chaplain ministry, we distributed about 16,000 bottles of water and 3,000 meals just in our small section, said Jackson.
While in Puerto Rico Jackson and his Soldiers checked on the Families of Soldiers.
Jackson’s team alone checked in on and distributed supplies to 12 Soldiers’ Families while on their humanitarian mission. Fort Buchanan Puerto Rico, like their civilian neighbors, also experienced the devastation of homes being flooded and belongings destroyed.
All basic needs were growing scarce, and the demand was becoming greater by the day, said Schafer.
Schafer explained that the motivation to give was rooted in his congregation’s belief in Christ-centered, spirit-inspired work, which in this case took the form of Godly stewardship.
“God is the owner, and we are the manager or “steward” of what he has entrusted us with. Deut. 8:18 says ‘...thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he swore unto thy fathers, as it is this day’,” explained Schafer.