It was like Philip in Acts 8. But instead of a desert road to Gaza, I took route 55 to the IAFPD (Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts) Annual conference in Peoria. The purpose? To represent the Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains at a vender booth.
The IAFPD conference puts us in touch with Chiefs and Fire Trustees across the state. Many of their districts have chaplains but, unfortunately most do not. This is an opportunity to make ICFC resources available. We offer chaplains direction in being better equipped to serve, and for districts looking for a chaplain we offer help in the process of beginning a program.
We came armed with free handouts. A number of Chiefs and Trustees took ICFC applications for their chaplains. We exhausted our supply of the newly released ICFC "Chaplain Intern Manual." And with the one copy of our ICFC database, we provided visitors with the names and contact info of nearby ICFC members with whom they can network.
Thank you to Ann Rohde (chaplain with Harristown FPD) for helping interact with the many visitors to our booth. And thanks to all of our member chaplains, because your membership dues is what enables us to cover the expenses of being at events like these so we can help fire chaplaincy across the state.