Updated: Oct 17
FOR WE ARE GOD’S FELLOW WORKERS. YOU ARE GOD’S FIELD, GOD’S BUILDING.
1 COR 3:9
OBI started its ministry almost thirty years ago to meet a specific need reaching military as a humanitarian nonprofit organization. Today our focus is military, military families and first responders. From the outset we have partnered with other military organizations to address requirements of the international military community in the areas of education, medical and family support. We have also been a part of the Fellowship of Christian Military Ministries (FCMM) and worked very closely with the Association for Christian Conferences, Teaching, and Service (ACCTS).
Members of our board, Bruce Kittleson, Caroline Grube, Diane Carnahan, and Noel Dawes joined me at the annual FCMM Conference in March. We had the opportunity to hear how the work of Olive Branch Ukraine, in coordination with several ministries, has been a key element in providing trained chaplains and establishing the Ukraine military chaplain program. Valentyn Korenevych, Director, Olive Branch Ukraine (OBU) is one of the instructors for the official military chaplain training. Diane, with Caroline’s assistance, hosted the women’s luncheon which focused on building personal relationships and generating ideas for the military women’s ministry focus at the conference.
There is renewed emphasis between these Christian Military Ministries to communicate, coordinate and collaborate. Each organization has its strengths and weaknesses, so together we can accomplish more. Our partnerships have given us opportunities to do projects all over the world. Bruce and Judy Kittleson and Shane and I participated in the ACCTS annual staff meeting this month. We were excited to learn that our partnership over the years has given us great memories and allowed us to achieve a great amount by serving together, and there is more in the future.
DONATE NOW SO WE WILL BE PREPARED FOR THE UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL, MEDICAL AND FAMILY SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES THAT GOD HAS FOR US TO SERVE INTERNATIONALLY.
GIVING TUESDAY is next month. Stay tuned for our special communication.
Linda K Sheimo
Interim Executive Director