A-8 | AUGUST 8, 2008 HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY
Resources: Blackboard hosts online training
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Course and bring the certificate to T3 training on their scheduled training date. For a list of training dates by region, visit www.army- dimhrs.army.mil.
Human Resources Specialist
Training is now delivered online through the Blackboard. The training is developed as eight targeted modules (up to 128 hours). Training support packages will be available for commanders who wish to deliver training in a classroom setting. Completion of the Basic Foundation Course must be accomplished by Feb. 28, 2009.
Visit www.armydimhrs.army .mil for more information about DIMHRS training.
Manager Training is also being
delivered online through the Blackboard. The training includes approximately 20 hours of select materials that requires manager, supervisor or commander ap- proval.
The Self-Service Course will
be delivered online through Army Knowledge Online, Business Transformation Agency, Human Resources Command, and Soldier Support Institute Web sites. The DIMHRS’ help menu has embed- ded “just-in-time” functionality- tutorials available as needed for self-service applications.
All members of the Army com- munity, including Soldiers, civilians and contractors must complete their respective course(s) by Feb. 28, 2009. Users who are not designated as a DIMHRS Administrator or Train-the- Trainer can complete the Basic Foundation Course or Self-Ser- vice Course on the DIMHRS Web site.
Town hall: SMEs explain programs, services
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Tony and Academy Award Winning play “Oliver.”
“Coming up this year from Army Community Theatre, watch for “High School Musical,” and another Tony and Academy Award Winner: “Chicago,” Wiers said.
Other fall events include the 2008 Military Long Dri- ve Championships, Aug. 10 at 8 a.m.; and Oktoberfest, Oct. 3, at Schofield Barracks. Tickets will be available for presale Sept. 2 and end Sept. 26; Also, the Fall Festival at Wheeler Stables is scheduled for Oct. 18.
Sarah Horrigan, DFMWR, highlighted the Army Fam-
Visit www.mwrarmyhawaii.com for more information on DFMWR events.
ily Covenant, and its commitment to providing pro- grams to Soldiers and their family members. Through the Army Family Covenant, DFMWR offers increased hours of operation to gyms, new gym towels, free pet care to Blue Card Star Holders, and much more.
Horrigan encouraged attendees to submit feedback on programs offerred.
“We like feedback, so we can meet your needs and de- velop new programs.”
Vickie Domingo, Army Hawaii Family Housing (AHFH) operations director for the South Region, and Lt. Col Mark Boussy, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Oahu, address community members at the Oahu South town hall meeting.
Debra Blanchard, Child Youth Services (CYS), high- lighted that through the Army Family Covenant have saved Soldiers and their families an estimated $315,790 from October 2007 to May 2008.
Rick Fair of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) introduced an enhanced link on the AAFES Web site, which gives Soldiers and their families infor- mation regarding their permanent change of station
(PCS) move. The link includes insight on PCSing, welcome to the neighborhood coupons, information from the mil- itary moving center, and also features a military home- front link that includes maps, services and contact num- bers.
Following the presentations, the floor was open to audience questions and concerns. Residents discussed the
new force protection measures, Army housing plans, dumpster placement in communities, yard sale notifica- tions, storage spaces, pool hours, and student classroom sizes.
Family member Penny Armstrong said she noticed an increase in patrols with the new force protection meas- ures and came to the meeting to say “Thank you.”
Compassion: Gospel shows God moved to help humanity
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their condition, what they’re doing, and what they’re up to. We’re not given details, but are instead left wondering: What is happening? What kinds of images is he encountering? We want to know more.
Now, take special note, something pro- vokes Christ.
Matthew 14:14 says, “When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.”
What is it that creates in him such em- pathy so as to be moved to meet the needs of humanity? The Greek renders the word for compassion as literally meaning to cause a powerful physiological response: “to have the bowels yearn, feel sympathy, to pity.” Here, Christ is intensely moved with compassion and concern for the
needs of others.
On many accounts in the Gospels, Christ is moved with compassion, stretches out his loving hands and cleanses the lepers; gives sight to the blind; wipes tears from the eyes of a bereaving mother; sets free those who are in bondage to sin.
He ministers to needy humanity, dies on a cross and rises from the dead for the sake of our desperate spiritual need. In fact, we see throughout the entire Bible that God’s compassion and care for the needs of hu- manity is profoundly great.
We also see God’s compassion in the Old Testament. In Exodus 3:7 we read, “And the Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the af- fliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.’”
Friend, this is not a mere awareness that’s the result of simple reason. God doesn’t just simply understand. He is not merely saying, “OK, I see what you’re go- ing through and I get it.”
No. Instead, he is aware of our suffering and hardships in the most personal way. You see, the Old Testament Hebrew word here is “Yada,” which means to know, to be aware in the most personal, intimate, or relational of possibilities. This Hebrew word is sometimes used in the Old Testa- ment to emphasize the relational intima- cy and relational knowledge lovingly shared between a husband and a wife.
You see, God knows all about our lives with all of its joys and troubles and sor- rows because he is not some far-off distant God. God knows all about us because, when we invite God into our lives, God
joins us. God walks with us, cares for us, and lavishes us with grace and compas- sion. Just like in the narrative of the feed- ing of the 5,000 people, God doesn’t decide to sail away from us, ignore us, or go an- other way to avoid us. Instead, he joins us and cares for us.
With God there are no false illusions, mirages, distorted images, or puzzling mo- saics to figure out here. Christ, Emmanuel, God with us, joins us in the crowd of hu- manity and makes it all quite clear.
God speaks clearly and tells us directly, “I love you and care for you” (John 3:16- 17). God’s compassion for us is vast and deeply profound.
Friend, accept his gracious invitation to it. I encourage you to seek out a chap- lain or chapel services to find out more about God’s compassion for you.