ABOUT THE CHAPLAIN FOUNDATION
The Chaplain Foundation is intended to be a resource for Chaplains in their mission of helping Soldiers and Families in their care, as well as care of themselves and their own families. It is an avenue of funding that is created to support programs and approved partners in the communities around military installations that provide quality programs Chaplains can rely on to give safe and professional care to their Soldiers and themselves.
An explanation of the founding of The Chaplain Foundation written by founder and President, Joanna Tyson Dunlap, in loving memory and honor of her late parents and co-founders, Chaplain LTC (Ret) Gene Tyson and Judy Tyson.
It is with a gracious heart and love for God that I am gifted this purpose in creating The Chaplain Foundation, as well as a season of healing from the loss of my dear father. I also want to express my gratitude to the US Army Chaplain Corps and their investment in the development of my father as a Chaplain, theologian, Soldier of integrity, and a father. In the time that I was first given the vision for The Chaplain Foundation in January 2012 to today, I have been through the last year of my dad’s life with him, watching him endure daily chemotherapy, surgery after surgery, the effects of a 12 month staph infection, and the amputation at the hip of his left leg due to the Multiple Myeloma cancer consuming the limb and eventually his entire body on 22 December 2012. In the last four months since he went Home to the Lord, I have been on a journey with God to understand and feel yet more of God’s love for me, as well as more of my dad’s heart and soul, and the part of his heart that is within me as well. My dad was a US Army Chaplain for 20 years, and upon retirement spent another 16 years ministering to and serving Chaplains and their soldiers outside Ft. Hood, Texas. For many years I have been a part of the US Army Chaplain Family and experiencing that “Chaplain heart”. As a child, and now an adult, I’ve watched and felt my dad and other Chaplains out of love and compassion, care for soldiers and their families. What I didn’t know in my sheltered safe place as a child, but I have since learned, is that this act of love is self sacrificing, it is traumatic, it is experiential, and it is of God. I have also learned that just as anything else in this world, a Chaplain’s heart is subject to being tired, burdened, and breaking. I recently read a quote from the poem titled “Letters to a Young Poet”, by Rainer Maria Rilke; “Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much difficulty and sadness and remains far behind yours. Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find those words.”
In gratitude I write, for my dad, for teaching me that true healing from the unavoidable adversity of life on earth, comes to us from our Great Counselor, our King of all Kings, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Through personal relationship with Him we find our true healing, resilience and protection from whatever life brings us, by trusting in Him, moment by moment, day by day.
Resting in the love of God,