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Airport chaplains provide comfort, care

Airport chaplains provide comfort, care

The NY Times reports on the ministry of the Rev. Donna Mote, a chaplain at Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport. Along with providing spiritual comfort and pastoral care, the Rev. Mote frequently provides material assistance to travelers stranded during delays, or stuck without money.

The range of tasks is becoming as limitless as the blue sky, including playing mediator at a ticket counter, buying a hot meal for the hungry, arranging hotel rooms for the stranded and bus rides for the broke. They still offer religious services, and even conduct the occasional wedding, but God’s work in the airport concourse is increasingly about solving pressing earthly problems.

Atlanta’s airport chaplaincy, unlike the chaplain program in other airports, is funded through a foundation, and is fully staffed.

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