Tuesday, December 02, 2003

As we prepare to leave in about a month and a half, I was asked to reflect on everything that has happened. When SPC Whiteaker and I arrived in January, we reported to CH (LTC) Linnear and CH (MAJ) Kilgore. They started the services in the Zone 2 Dining Facility, then moved them to the chapel tent that was next door. I started playing the electronic keyboards for services. Before this, they were using an electronic hymn player. I remember one Sunday for the gospel service we had to be in our gas masks before the service started. You don't do that every day!

We worked out of the secure building at Arifjan. I was the garrison chaplain for a month. CH Kennedy and SGT Wingfield joined us from Ft. Carson, so they took over the garrison chaplain position. As the permanent chapel opened up, I remember praying with CH Kennedy in it, asking God to bless what we did. Soon the chapel was busy with services, as was the chapel tent, which moved to the other end of Zone 2. Soon the gospel service had to move to the theater, because it was so popular. Last month, SPC Whiteaker and I became the Unit Ministry Team with the most time on the ground at Arifjan. It's been interesting seeing all the changes. God has been great!

Saturday, November 22, 2003

I co-led a baptism class with 3 other chaplains this week. 20 people were there, and a handful asked Christ into their life for the first time (praise God!) I baptized 4 people in the Persian Gulf, and 2 other chaplains baptized 4 each as well. It was cold, but well worth it. Pray for their followup, and more to come! Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Since my R&R in Germany fell through, I decided to go to DC at the last minute. I was pleasantly surprised that the Rijsmuseum has an extension in the Amsterdam airport. I stayed at the hotel at Walter Reed Medical Center, since I hope to be stationed there sometime. I met with 4 chaplains there (including one I know from Carson), which may help with working there down the road. My heart goes out to the patients I saw, especially the amputees. As you may know, 16 soldiers were killed when a missile tore a troop transport helicopter out of the sky, which included 4 from Carson. I asked the question, "Why them God, and not me?" We may never know the answer, but it encourages me to keep serving God and Country.

While I was there, I visited the US Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Cemetary, and various other places. I went on a tour of the American History Museum of the Smithsonian. I was touched seeing the flag that hung outside the Pentagon. A nice "coincidence" (could it be . . . God ?:)) happened at the Pentagon. I showed up hoping to get a tour, and who was there to greet me, but my former chaplain assistant, SPC David Robb! He was mobilized in the National Guard to Pentagon duty, so he gave me a VIP tour, which was great. I joined a Boy Scout tour as well. I will end this brief story with some quotes from Then - And Now - Pentagon Review by Nita Scoggan, a Research Analyst and Illustrator there.

"Medal of Honor nominee CPT Humbert R. Versace, Army Special Forces, Vietnam POW, was executed in a Vietcong prison. Fluent in Vietnamese, as he was led through villages after capture, a rope around his neck, he smiled and spoke to the people about God and America. Despite severe and untreated wounds, torture and starvation, "Rocky" defied his captors. Placed in irons and gagged at times to keep him from shouting words of encouragement to other POWs. In 1965, he was shot in the head to silence him. The last thing the other prisoners heard from him, he was singing "God Bless America" at the top of his voice in his isolation box. May God give us more such men (and women.)" p. 18

Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird said in 1970, "The (Pentagon Prayer) room offers a setting in which we can pray as we like. Its existence is a recognition of our dependence on God if we are to progress toward the peace which we seek for ourselves, and for all (hu)man kind. Peace is the business of this building . . . Thought we cling to the principle that church and state should be separate, we do not propose to separate (humans) from God. For without (God), Who is the source of our being, the source of our wisdom, and the source of our strength, we can do nothing." p. 29

Friday, October 03, 2003

Yesterday our staff went to a yard where 1000s of HMMWVs, trucks, trailers, tanks (one of the tanks said "Call Yo Chaplain" on the front), etc. are stored. We had our picture taken in front of them with us holding a sign "Army beat Air Force" regarding the football game at the Air Force Academy. Our boss hopes they'll show it on the screen at the game. One of us joked maybe the Air Force won't fly us home if they see it. :)We took a picture with "Happy Holidays" on it, too. We also went near several camels, who let us give them bottled water. I'll see my first rock concert here tonight (Collective Soul), and my first one in a while, which should be fun.

Sunday, September 14, 2003

With the help of my CH assistant, and the other CHs and assistants here, we've been involved in over 400 events for over 13,000 people. To God be the glory! As we spend our last several months here (prayerfully!) I trust that God will do similar things.
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM:
BY CHAPLAIN (CAPTAIN) STEVEN W. SATTERFIELD
HHD, 68TH CORPS SUPPORT BATTALION
Ft. Carson, CO

The first month we lived humbly in a warehouse filled with hundreds of people. After that we were able to move into climate-controlled 12-person tents. The restrooms / showers are OK. The food here is great, sometimes better than I have at the Fort Carson, CO Dining Facility. Now that the main part of the war is over, we have the options of eating at Burger King, Subway, Pizza Inn, Baskin Robbins, an Asian restaurant, etc. We have drycleaners available and quartermasters to do our laundry for us, or we can use a free laundromat. The lines used to be long at the Post Exchange (store), until they opened up another one. There are Morale, Welfare and Recreation tents with gym equipment, big screen TVs for movies and the news, etc. Think of a state fair, and you get the idea. Living in the rear can be comfortable, even in the midst of 120+ degree heat and dust. I pray daily for those who have it harder in Iraq!

I have been spiritually encouraged here. We outgrew our 100-person chapel tent, and started services in a permanent chapel building. God donated a sound system and instruments to us through others. We have about twenty-five services / events a week. I have helped with preaching, with leading worship, and a Basics of Christianity Class (The Alpha Course). The Gospel service has 500+ in attendance. They had to meet in a theater due to their growth. Some would say revival is happening here, which is understandable because of our location. Similar stories can be told by our chaplains in Iraq.

When the war started, we had hourly SCUD alerts at night when we had to put on all of our protective equipment and get into bunkers. This became irritating very quickly. Thank God nothing hit us! One night I was woken up at 2am by an explosion, which turned out to be a missile missing a shopping mall in Kuwait City (north of us) and ending up in the Persian Gulf. Again, thank God no one was injured!

I was able to spend five days in southern Iraq with my assistant. We flew a Chinook helicopter (my first time - cool!) to check on one of our companies. We intended to be there overnight, but due to sandstorms, we weren't able to return until tonight. I was able to see Abraham's ziggurat (pyramid) in Ur of the Chaldees , in between the Tigris and Euphrates river. It wasn't as comfortable in Iraq. Remember, the average income in Kuwait is $20,000 / year. In Iraq, it's only $500 / year. Saddam must have kept a lot to himself! We saw people selling wares on the side of the roads. We didn't have air-conditioning, and we had to use outhouses, had simple meals, etc. I salute those who have had to be there for a long time. I went to nightly services on top of a roof, which was a first. I'm glad I was able to visit.

I grieve for those in the Coalition forces who have lost their lives in this war, and I pray for their families and friends. I realize there is a cost to war, economically and with lives. I pray it ends soon, and that God will be with the families and friends of the grieving Iraqis as well. I pray that the people here will not just be “foxhole believers” but continue to grow in their faith after they return home. We are bound together in the principles of the Army Values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-service, Honor, Integrity and Personal courage (LEADERSHIP). I am privileged to have had a small part in this war, to be able to "listen, encourage, and support soldiers and their families. I perform and provide for religious services. I nurture the living, care for the wounded, and honor the dead, Pro Deo Et Patria! (For God and Country!)"

68th Corps Support Battalion Prayer

Eternal God, We thank you for the great history of the 68th CSB. We ask that you continue to be with our Commander In Chief, Our Group Commander, our Battalion Commander, our Command Sergeant Major, our officers and Non-Commissioned officers, and the rest of our soldiers. Thank you for our food, clothing, shelter, our job, health, family and friends. We ask that you continue to provide these, and give us wisdom, safety, victory and peace. Be with our family and friends, and may we be able to communicate frequently with them. Give us a future and a hope in You. In Your Holy Name we pray, Amen.


Chaplain Satterfield and SPC Whiteaker in OIFI.
My personal mission / vision statement (thanks to Dale Carnegie):

"I'm a confident communicator who relates well as I lead others without stress. I encourage and take appropriate risks."

My spiritual mission / vision statement (thanks to (http://www.ccci.org), YWAM and VCF): "To know God and to make Christ known in the power of the Holy Spirit, by winning, building and sending out worshipping disciples."

Saturday, September 13, 2003


Where I received my Masters of Divinity in 1996.


 Hillcrest United Presbyterian Church, PA

   Crafton United Presbyterian Church, PA
 


Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA


  1st Presbyterian Church, Pueblo, CO

CH Steve Satterfield was an Army Reserve chaplain at Fort Carson from April, 2001 – December, 2001 after being endorsed by the National Association of Evangelicals. He graduated from the Chaplain Officers’ Basic Course at Fort Jackson, SC in April, 2002. There CH Satterfield was certified in the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program and Critical Incident Stress Management. He started active duty at Fort Carson in April 2002 in this 1000-soldier battalion with seven companies. There he completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and Combat Lifesaver Course. He also completed the requirements to be a Pastoral Care Specialist in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. CH Satterfield co-pastors at the Provider Chapel 0900 Protestant Service. He did training exercises at Pinon Canyon and at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA. CH Satterfield has been deployed at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait since 14 January, 2003, where he was the Acting Garrison Chaplain, and is the Worship Pastor. He weekly co-leads three services and a Basics of Christianity class.

CH Satterfield graduated in 1989 from the University of Colorado at Denver with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music (Keyboards and Audio Engineering). From 1989 – 1991 he was a missionary with Youth With A Mission (http://ywam.org) in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. CH Satterfield graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in PA in 1996. While there, he was a seminary intern at Hillcrest United Presbyterian Church (USA), Crafton United Presbyterian Church and Eastminster Presbyterian Church (USA). He did a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center in Pittsburgh on a psychiatric ward.

CH Satterfield was the Young Adult / Youth Director at First Presbyterian Church (USA), Pueblo, CO (900 members) in 1997. He was ordained by the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Pueblo, CO in 1999 after volunteering there for 2 years. CH Satterfield completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, CO in 2001. At this Level I trauma center (where the Columbine High School victims were brought) he worked in the Emergency Department, Critical Care Unit, Multitrauma Unit, Progressive Care Unit and Neurological Unit. CH Satterfield is planning to do the Army Clinical Pastoral Education program to get his Doctorate of Ministry degree, to be an Army Hospital Chaplain, and to do the Chaplain Advanced Course, to become a Major, God willing.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Since I'm ordained with the Vineyard, this is what I believe:

The Vineyard Genetic Code

Excerpt from the installation Service for a National Director (Bert Waggoner)
November 2000

The Word of God

We want to hear the Word of God taught in a practical, inspiring way, in conjunction with His current prophetic word. We aim to hear and obey God's word to us, and to be "doers of the Word" who are being transformed into the likeness of Christ.

Worshipping of God

We desire to worship God with our whole being, and want Jesus at the center as our Lord. We are hungry to know God's presence, hear His voice and follow hard after Him. We desire Spirit-enabled worship in a style that is intimate, dynamic, culture-current, and life-changing.

Caring for the poor

We believe that God's heart goes out to the weak, helpless, impoverished, oppressed, and needy, and that He has commissioned His church to care for them.

Equipping the saints

We believe that all Christians should be trained to "do the works of Christ." We are committed to the "show and tell" model of on-the-job training, in which trainees are introduced to doing ministry functions with trainers and then are taught during and after the training experience. We aim to provide training for all aspects of responsible Christian life and ministry.

Practicing Christian unity

We are convinced that all who belong to Christ are one in His Body, the Church. We aim to maintain unity by honoring all who call on Jesus' name and by seeking reconciliation with all parts of the Church.

Ministering in renewal to other churches

We desire to serve the Body of Christ around us through renewal, equipping and other helpful means.

Begetting other local churches

We believe that the best way to expand the Kingdom of God is through the planting of local churches. It is our desire to plant churches with a vision for planting other churches, with the same vision, in their Jerusalem, in their Judea and Samaria, and to the furthest recesses of this world.

My email address is swsatterfield@yahoo.com

There are two powers in the world, the sword and the Spirit. In the end the Spirit will always conquer the sword.
- Napoleon

I first heard about the Vineyard when I spent a year on the M/V Anastasis (above) in Europe and West Africa in the Evangelism Department from 1990 - 1991. See www.mercyships.org
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOrgOE_Slsw shows me in Lazarus, their band. Solo at 9 minutes :) I ran sound for Scott Wesley Brown here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmbaDUn9hcs

I did my Discipleship Training School (outreach to Singapore and Thailand) and my Musicians' Summer of Service (outreach to Glasgow, Scotland) at the Youth With A Mission base in Lakeside, MT, all pictured below.


Overtoun House, Scotland (above)


The Herald, live, in Glasgow, Scotland

YWAM Lakeside, MT (below)