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June 20, 2021

5/28/2021 2:39:00 PM
CMI donations shipment bound for city in Ukraine

On a glorious sun drenched Saturday, following about five rain-soaked days in a row— most people would be doing yard chores, or heading out on the lake, maybe tuning up the bike for ride.  

In Kost, a historic unincorporated area just down the road from Almelund, the group affiliated with Chaplain Ministries International had something else on their minds.  

Several workers were gathered in the Kost Church to load huge cardboard shipping boxes with 200 firefighter pants, 100 pairs of heavy duty boots, backboards and splints, helmets, a rebuild kit for an air pacs compressor and fire axes and pile poles.  Plus, this shipment contains baseball bats and equipment,  for the fire teams learning American baseball.

Headquartered out of the Kost Church for many years CMI has been meeting, strategizing, collecting and praying for success and support.
Their mission is one of spiritual chaplaincy, providing emotional and physical outreach specifically to first responders and their families on an international level.  

The website is at www.chaplainministriesinternational.org.
The organization not only offers counsel and instruction to both pastors and laypersons on how to stay mentally healthy after exposure to trauma,  but it provides the hardgoods that go in the field with the personnel;  everything from firefighting vehicles to EMS supplies the volunteers transport in their luggage.

The speed with which this most recent collection of donated firefighting goods came together was surprising. The ministry sent five large boxes of firefighting equipment to Peru only several months ago. Local volunteers have travelled to Iquitos to help deliver the needed items, and also have built structures and set up chaplain programs.  This current shipment of 10 large boxes, is off to Melitopol Ukraine.

The group is already building a collection for a new fire station coming on-line in Peru.  CMI spokesperson Chris Allen shared plans CMI volunteers have to go to  South America in 2022.  

The COVID-19 situation slowed some of the group’s activity but travel is opening again and personal contacts are becoming allowed.  

Local volunteers were saddened, she continued,  to learn a good friend, a fire chief for Iquitos, Peru, succumbed to the virus in 2020.

In response to restrictions on the extent of the ministry while covid stay-home orders were in place, typical of this dedicated group of people;  they decided to create a recognition program and designed a custom award honoring the sacrifice and service of those on the first response line. These are crafted by woodworkers in the group.

It is called the “First Responder Heroes Project”   

To learn more about the memorials contact CMI founder Mark Allen by e mail at marka.irm@gmail.com or Joseph Ortner at jortner1010@gmail.com.

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