Chaplain (Maj.) Stephen Broadus
Chaplain Resource Manager, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
I had two enjoyable months in July and August as the chaplain resource manager for U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.
This glee is not always the case since part of my job is to inform people that money is not available or that their request is not permitted.
I supervise the management of the money that comes in through the chapel offerings during worship services. Expenditures of these monies have rules and regulations by which people must abide. Therefore, when I give my approval to allocate monies, people love me, but when I don’t … well, you get the picture.
But thanks to the generosity of our Soldiers and their families, the chapel community has given me a great opportunity to truly enjoy my job. You see, the garrison chaplain, Chaplain (Col.) Peter Mueller, has designated the fourth quarter of this fiscal year as Chapel Community Outreach because the parishioners of the chapel community have provided so faithfully.
USAG-HI’s chapels have given more than $25,000 during the months of July and August to charitable organizations within the Oahu community.
I can’t tell you how much fun it is to take checks to Fisher House (at Tripler Army Medical Center), the Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army and put money into our Operation Helping Hand.
People ask frequently what is done with the money that is given on Sunday morning. Well, we give money away!
Last year, the Chaplain’s Tithes and Offering Fund gave away more than $100,000!
The chapel community is not done. This week we are taking offerings for the Food Bank of Hawaii, and more offerings are to come in the new fiscal year. I can’t wait to take the check to the Food Bank of Hawaii.
My fund manager and clerk all go to give this money away. I think it is important for the staff to see the faces of those we give to every time we have this opportunity. We could mail it, but where would the fun be in that?
I have heard many times that it is better to give than receive, but this is an opportunity for me to see it firsthand. I encourage everyone to give wherever God has placed you. It may be of your time, your talent or even finances. I ask all of you to give, so you can be as blessed as I have been in the last couple months.
If you asked me, “What is the most enjoyable part of your job?” I would answer that it is the opportunity to give a check to a charity or humanitarian organization on behalf of the Army chapel family.
I want to say thank you to all those who have given in the chapel offerings, so I get to have so much fun! Every time I get this opportunity, I never forget to mention funds are from Soldiers and their families and just a token of our appreciation for all that charitable organizations do for those around us who are less fortunate.
May you give even more this week than last.