[veterans] and say, ‘God hasn’t lost faith in you, and God hasn’t lost love for you,’ really lifted their countenance.”
Now, God has opened doors for Jay+ to serve as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. At Winter Conference, AMiA Chaplain LT. Col. Darren Duncan formally commissioned him as a First Lieutenant and +Philip Jones blessed and welcomed him as an AMiA chaplain. Jay+ will soon begin training in Montgomery, Alabama, and then will report on May 1st to Tinker Air Base in Oklahoma City. As he looks ahead to moving with his wife and his two children, ages 5 years and 21 months, Jay+ trusts that God will continue to prove His faithfulness. “It’s been kind of nerve-wracking at times, admittedly,” he shares. “But, in the end, we serve a benevolent God. I know that God is real and this call is nuancing in ways that have proved that benevolence.”
Jay+ with fellow AMiA chaplains
Although all of the details aren’t yet clear, Jay+ is looking forward to reminding airmen and their families that nothing can separate them from God’s love. “I hope to work with those who have felt like what they are doing has caused them to lose any favor with God or caused God to turn away from them.”
Jay+ also sees how serving as a chaplain will allow him to fulfil his leading to bless entire families. “One of the calls of the ministry of chaplaincy is not just for the spiritual needs of airmen, but also for their families, and to the community,” he explains. But, he adds, “I’m certain that God is going to keep me kind of surprised as to what endeavors are available. I’m looking forward to being God in the flesh as best I can.”
As Jay+ steps into this new role, he’s also eagerly anticipating getting to know the other military chaplains serving with AMiA. “I think that’s a special opportunity, especially for me coming in,” he says of joining this tight-knit group.
Jay+ believes that serving not only as a military chaplain but as part of AMiA will give him something unique and valuable to offer: the three streams model, which he said fits perfectly with his desire to see individuals be reconciled to themselves, to their communities and to God. “I do hope that we have more military chaplains that come out of the Mission, because the Mission’s model of three streams has a lot to offer chaplains, not just in the military, but in civilian life as well. I’d love to see [AMiA] chaplains in prisons and in hospitals because this is a life-giving way of doing ministry.”