posted on Oct, 12 2004 @ 11:37 AM
Chaplain works to rebuild Muslim mosques
By Sgt. Maj. Keith D. Butler
CJSOTF-A Public Affairs
KONAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN – A military chaplain is spreading good will in villages by working with local religious leaders to refurbish and rebuild
centerpieces of the Muslim society – mosques.
In six months, a Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan chaplain and local Muslim leaders worked hand in hand to secure funds and
direct the rebuilding of nine mosques.
The Christian chaplain overcame many of the initial Muslim leaders’ feelings that Americans did not care for the Muslim faith primarily practiced
here. Ultimately, both Muslims leaders and the Christian chaplain learned to respect one another’s beliefs and build a bond of trust, while turning
crumbling buildings into new structures for local Muslim followers to worship.