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Dear Chaplain Cavett and HR personnel,
Thank you for the opportunity to be considered for the chaplain position at OU Medical Center. As I took the survey for application at OU Medical Center, I was reminded of how much I enjoy helping people. In fact, my greatest joy comes in helping people who are in some kind of crisis. Having served as a pastor for many years, I’ve discovered that people respond differently to crises in their lives. Part of this is due to their cultural background, and part of it is due to their own personality and psychological makeup. Obviously, part of it is also due to the severity of the crisis. (And, of course, the perception of severity may vary between individuals.)
The Mission statement of the OU Medical Center includes a strong statement on diversity. “OU Medicine offers enhanced resources and programs to proudly serve our multicultural and diverse patient population. We embrace excellence in inclusion and value staff and faculty with unique experiences and backgrounds.” I certainly have a unique background. I grew up internationally in Libya and Norway, as my father was a pioneer in the oil and gas industry. I have additionally served for eighteen years as a missionary in Belgium and South Africa. Through these experiences, I have gained an appreciation for different cultures and different belief systems.
While in South Africa, I helped envision and launch an HIV/AIDS center (
http://www.mfcc.co.zawww.mfcc.co.za). I continue to serve on the Board of a US based non-profit (
http://www.handinhandinafrica.comwww.handinhandinafrica.com) that raises funds to assist with grassroots organizations that seek to “create a legacy of hope for those devastated by HIV/AIDS in southern Africa.” As a part of this work, we sought to provide spiritual comfort to our clients as well as to our staff. (At the time I was there in the mid-2000’s, each home based care worker was losing one to two clients a month.)
After having lived around the world and back, I am seeking to return to Oklahoma because my parents are aging. My brother lives nearby, but I believe it is also important for me to assist with their care as they age. Having served as a pastor of a local church for a total of 13 years and as a church planting missionary for 18 years, holding a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oklahoma Baptist University and a diverse background with various cultures, I make a strong candidate for the position of chaplain.