Chaplain Minister Journey
My name is Robert Martin and I am on a chaplain minister journey which has led me to Christian Leaders Institute. I came to know and accept the Lord Jesus Christ in 1982. I learned all I could about Jesus by reading his word. I am now living in Kennewick, WA, and I have received the call to be a Chaplain in the Hospital/Hospice setting. As a nurse, I did deal with a lot of hospice so I have some knowledge about what Hospice is and what it does. God called me to this ministry. It was just something I felt but prayed about it a long time before I accepted God’s calling. My father was an Assembly of God pastor for fifteen years after his retirement from the US NAVY as a chaplain, I had two uncles that were Pentecostal preachers, and one uncle who is a Chaplain. I guess I got the calling to follow my father’s and uncles steps after I prayed long and hard seeking God’s will before I took on the challenge of this chaplain minister journey.
The wait for me was 40 years. I am now 62, and just starting in my ministry courses here at CLI. I learned that it takes a long time, but that’s okay. I have good patience and I rely on the Lord for everything I do. I have devotion time daily, prayer time, time to just sit and be quiet and know that He is God, praise and worship, and my church family. God has shown me many things and has not once let me down. In fact, I followed God’s timing to do this course at Christian Leaders Institute. I wanted to make sure this was ABSOLUTELY 100%. I talked with my uncles, I talked with God a lot, and I mostly chatted with the Pastor of my church and asked his opinion of me becoming a chaplain. He and the associate pastor both felt that I had a calling to work in the Hospice/Hospital setting to spread God’s word and love to sick people and to pray for them. I’m learning that it’s not an easy job!! But, with God, ALL things are possible! Matthew 19:26.
I am a firm believer in God’s word, I pray every minute of every day when I am able to. I praise God and talk to him daily. Just giving thanks alone means a lot to our Savior!!! I have a long road ahead of me, but I can do this!! One step at a time, in God’s hands and his timing, I will do this. “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, faithful, putting me into the ministry!” (1 Timothy 1:12) Blessings!
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