Faith on the front line
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.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