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Faith on the front line

April 4, 2013

More than 3,000 miles from his home parish in Kent, Reverend (Flight Lieutenant) Matt Buchan has become the first RAF reservist chaplain to deploy to Afghanistan.

Reverend (Flight Lieutenant) Matt Buchan

Reverend (Flight Lieutenant) Matt Buchan [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters, Crown copyright]

Leaving behind the leafy green village of Leybourne, Flight Lieutenant Buchan is serving at Camp Bastion, looking after the welfare of some 1,200 troops:

“My role out here is as the Joint Aviation Group chaplain. My responsibilities include supporting the headquarters of British air assets, including the helicopter pilots and ground crew and force protection personnel of the RAF Regiment and RAF Police.

“Parish priests would be familiar with the daily rhythm of prayer and visiting. The difference for me here is that I visit places of work which involve life and death issues, amongst people who may not regard themselves as religious, but who respect the role of a spiritual figure such as a chaplain. No two days are ever the same.”

Continues at: GOV.UK – Faith on the front line

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2013 19:25

    A big thank to a priest who has reached Afghanistan to give word of God to troops, who make God present among soldiers, who, as man of God, apport spiritual aid, charity, support to warriors on a war zone.
    This is commenting by itself and no words need. Thanks to God and his priest Reverend Matt Buchan also on name of all buddies deployed. claudio alpaca

  2. THE MO AND JO TEAM permalink
    April 4, 2013 20:29

    WE DO KNOW THAT OUR BOYS AND GIRLS NEED THE PADRE WITH THEM, MORE SO IN AFGHANISTAN. OUR THOUGHTS AND OUR PRAYERS ARE CONSTANTLY WITH ALL OF OUR SERVING TROOPS WHEREVER THEY ARE. GOD BLESS AND KEEP ALL SAFE FROM THE MO AND JO TEAM IN SOMERSET

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