It’s another hot and dusty Sunday morning, and service is about to begin at the Camp Kunduz Chapel.
No, this place of worship isn’t nestled in a small town in the heart of
the Bible belt. It’s about as far away from there as one can get.
Furthermore, the small plywood structure is nothing reminiscent of a
massive cathedral capable of housing a huge congregation of worshipers.
Still, for soldiers of faith stationed in the heart of northern Afghanistan, the place serves its purpose quite well.
It’s a place where Capt. Emmanuel Woods, chaplain for Task Force Guns,
1st Air Cavalry Brigade, charismatically finds a way to get his message
across to the troopers in attendance, with sermons that emphasize
The emotion Chaplain Woods invokes during his sermons makes for a lively
atmosphere, according to Pvt. Brandon Blocker, originally from
Tuscaloosa, Ala., assigned to Company D, TF Guns.
Another soldier who normally attends church service at Kunduz agrees.
“He has a unique and humorous way of delivering his messages,” said Spc.
Shyteria Miller, a supply specialist, originally from Houston, assigned
to Headquarters Company, TF Guns.