Chinhae Chaplain

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Hey All,

Today I received orders for my first active duty Chaplain tour. Praise God! It’s a three-year billet at Commander Fleet Activities Chinhae, South Korea. I’m ordered to detach from NAS Whidbey Island sometime in August and attach to COMFLEACT CHINHAE sometime in September.

We’re thrilled to be going to Korea! Both the Detailer and the Chaplain in Korea that I’m relieving told me this is an O-4 billet (one rank above me) and an overseas tour, which are both good things. They said it’s a duel-hat billet with high-visibility because not only will I be the Command Chaplain there at the base in Chinhae, but as the only US Navy Chaplain in the entire country of Korea, I’ll also be on the Admiral’s staff as the Region Chaplain. Not bad! They said I’ll be ministering to the US Navy ships and flight crews coming in and out of Korea during their deployments, as well as organizing community relations projects. COMRELs are projects that US Navy sailors do around the country to develop stronger ties between the government/people of the US and Korea. I will also be working closely with the Korean Navy Chaplains, and the US Army and Air Force Chaplains in the country. Everyone I’ve talked to and sought advice from has said this is a great billet, so for now I have to take their word for it. 

So now we once again begin running around like chickens with our heads cut off. All five of us will need to go through a screening process to ensure we’re medically okay to live overseas for the next three years. We’ll need to get everyone passports and I will need to start turning over and checking out of my command here. We also need to begin packing up our house. You won’t believe this, but the Navy won’t ship our belongings to Korea – they provide fully furnished houses over there to save on shipping costs – which means that yes, we’re going to have to put all our stuff back in storage here in the US! Ha! (For those of you keeping track at home, that will mean in a 5 year period from 2012 to 2017 we will have had our stuff out of storage for a total of 5 months!) We will also have to store one of our cars since the Navy will only ship one vehicle to Korea. Please pray that the Navy will store our belongings in a weather-proof location!

I know there will be much more to report on as we transition from here to Chinhae, so we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop. In the meantime, if you’ve been thinking about coming up and visiting us on beautiful Whidbey Island, you only have a couple more weeks before we’re gone!

-Zak (and family)

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School Pix2

Jana sent this photo, too. This is Regina in the 3rd grade. Can you see her over by the teacher?

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Regina 3rd Grade

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School Pix1

Jana sent this photo. It’s actually a photo of a photo from an old publication. The picture is of Regina’s 2nd Grade class. She was cute then, too. And almost always with a smile.

Jana sends this note.

Easy to spot sweet Regina : ). This was the last year this school was open. Regina was in my classroom several other years.

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Regina 2nd Grade

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6th Grade

1st Quarter: Regina has done very good work this quarter, but her grades in social studies are a little lower than they should be. I am sure that studying harder in this area will correct the difficulty. It is a pleasure to have Regina in my class.

2nd Quarter: Regina has made very good progress during this quarter.

3rd Quarter: Regina is a very cooperative and energetic worker.

Grade 6

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5th Grade

1st Quarter: Regina is working on or above grade level in the following subjects: all subjects except science. She is working below grade level in the following subjects: science. She needs to spend more time on her science since she has had difficulty with it this quarter.

2nd Quarter: Regina is working on or above grade level in the following subjects: all subjects. She is working below grade level in the following subjects: none. Regina is conscientious and dependable and makes a practice of doing all work that is assigned.

3rd Quarter: Regina has progressed very nicely this quarter. She is very cooperative and seems to be interested in learning. Let’s encourage her to always do her very best.

Grade 5

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4th Grade

1st Quarter: She has made satisfactory progress, has good work scores, and has good comprehension. Regina is a capable student. Better every-day work habits with less time for visiting would raise grades, I am sure. Gina adds much to class discussion.

2nd Quarter: She could put more into her written work. She understands what she reads. Continues to spend a bit too much time on fun. Gina does well in all school work. If we could dampen these giggles – more outstanding work could be achieved. Nice to work with.

3rd Quarter: Good work in all phases of reading. Makes high scores on worksheets. Regina is a good student. Improvement shown in seriousness to school work. Nice to have Regina.

Grade 4

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3rd Grade

1st Quarter: …she works hard but needs practice in oral reading. Especially in using punctuation correctly.

2nd Quarter: …she reads well orally, but does not utilize her time in class to the best of her advantage.

3rd Quarter: Regina is doing satisfactory work. However, she should be encouraged to talk less to her friends in class.

Grade 3

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2nd Grade

1st Quarter: Regina reads orally with clearness and expression.

2nd Quarter: Regina is not doing the work she is capable of doing. Her group work is good but she hurries too much when she works independently. This causes needless mistakes in written work.

3rd Quarter: Regina has made satisfactory progress this quarter. She has improved both in written work and in oral reading. She has learned much…

Grade 2

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1st Grade

Patsy and Benny were digging around in their boxes and found all of Regina’s old school report cards. If you will indulge me, I want to share them with you over the next few days. I appreciate so much Patsy and Benny finding and sending these to me. I have Regina’s college paperwork and diploma but I had nothing prior to that. These are truly special. They are fun to read and, of course, a bit sad, too. I would love to have sat with her and gone through these.

I will post the 4th Quarter page from her report cards then add some notes from the prior three quarters that I think are interesting.

1st Quarter: She is more self confident and doesn’t shy away from something new. She plays well with the other children…

2nd Quarter: Her writing is usually very neat.

3rd Quarter: …but sometimes she rushes to finish and makes careless mistakes. She is a very attentive student, and I have enjoyed working with her.

Grade 1a

Grade 1

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Ferrier Village

You want to help out? From the North Stafford Church of Christ:

We have big dreams. And with some prayer, a bit of work, some donations, and your help, we can do it!

Our hope and desire is to fund the construction of a new house at Ferrier Village in Haiti. It will be called House #8 – we already have the address! This house will become home to five more orphan kids at Ferrier Village who have either been rescued from trafficking or are at risk of being trafficked.

We can do it – we only need $12,000! But we need your help.

1. Be with us at our Garage Sale on Sat, Aug 23. Come to search around for some good deals, bring your own stuff to sell and then donate your proceeds, enjoy some cool, summer drinks at our lemonade stand, and much more. We hope to see you.

2. You can donate online. Please put, at the bottom of the donation page in the Notes section, the following:

North Stafford Church of Christ

3. You can send a check to:

Help One Now
P.O. Box 26716
Raleigh, NC 27611

Please write the following on your check’s memo line:

Ferrier Village #8
North Stafford Church of Christ

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