NEW ORLEANS CHAPLAIN COUPLE SERVE THOSE OF MANY FAITHS AND MANY NEEDS — AND MORE NEWS SHORTS

spectrummagazine.org | 4/23/2019 | Staff
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In this week’s news round-up, a New Orleans chaplain couple helps patients and families, a traveling Adventist pastor is interviewed by Indiana Public Radio, Adventist organizations help to provide for Orlando’s homeless population, the Figi High Court has ordered the Church to hand over management of Vatuvonu Adventist College to the Education Ministry, and an SDA church in Southern California provides aid to Central American asylum seekers.

New Orleans Chaplain Couple Serve Those of Many Faiths and Many Needs. Seventh-day Adventists Jackie and Allen Mitchell have collectively witnessed thousands of deaths. For the past 20 years, the couple has been New Orleans chaplains, teetering in the middle ground between spirituality and medicine, and ushering strangers of any age and denomination through their final moments on earth. They met on the first day of seminary school in June 1998 and married two years later, weaving their way from Michigan to New Orleans for training in the niche religious profession. Allen got his start with the New Orleans Police Department and Jackie in the hallways of then-Mercy Hospital. Nowadays, Allen nears his two-decade anniversary at Children’s Hospital, while Jackie spends her days at Serenity Hospice centers. Unlike traditional clergy, chaplains do not preach, pray, and lead with a regular congregation. They provide spiritual counsel to patients and their family members in times of crisis and trauma, serving as a pillar for those facing an uncertain future. Perhaps a chaplain’s greatest offering is conversation and companionship. As machines tick, pens click, and saline drips in hospital rooms, chaplains take time to pause with those faced with death. For Jackie, that might mean singing a duet with a 106-year-old resident. For Allen, a spitball competition with a terminal toddler. While they practice Seventh-day Adventism, on any given day, they could minister to patients and families...
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