Bitrus Cobongs

Community Center Chapel, Colorado
Military Chaplaincy
Colorado Springs Colorado
Community Center Chapel
January 16

About My Family

I was born and born again in northern Nigeria. I was called to ministry as a teenager through the influence of my parents who were converts from Islam. I started preaching in local churches at the age of 16. I came to the U.S. to attend Dallas Theological Seminary. I met Jennifer a year later in Kirksville, Mo., where I was invited to preach. We got married the following year. I was ordained at Rehoboth Baptist Church, Kirksville and commissioned as a missionary in the U.S. Air Force Reserve at Highland Baptist Church, Dallas. We have been serving the Lord in Active Duty status since 2014.
We have been blessed with four children: Eden, Hannah, Judah and Josiah. Our desire is to continue serving in the Air Force for as long as the Lord allows it. I have a passion for missions and leadership development. My life verse is Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (NIV).

About My Ministry

I have been an Air Force Reserve Chaplain since 2009. I was called to Active Duty in the Air Force (AF) in 2014 and have been working as a Chaplain in Colorado Springs since then. My family's experience in the Chaplain Corps has opened our eyes to the mission field right in our yard. I am currently in the process of applying to go as a fulltime Chaplain in the AF. If the door opens, we will be transitioning by next summer. Military chaplaincy is a unique ministry and comes with its own challenges. Although I get to use the pulpit, I find my opportunities for touching lives through counseling and unit visitations. 

SBC Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy is a "frontline" ministry that is vital to the extension of the local church. Chaplains reach the lost among the thousands of men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces, correctional facilities, healthcare settings, public safety, disaster relief sites and corporate environments. SBC Chaplains care for the broken, offer hope to the hopeless, and advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ in hard to reach places. The qualifications expected of a Southern Baptist applying for endorsement as a chaplain or counselor are established by the using agency and the Chaplains Commission, SBC. These qualification requirements vary according to the type of chaplaincy or counseling ministry involved but all are expected to meet a high level of ministerial competence. A basic qualification from the Chaplains Commission, SBC, is that an applicant is a Southern Baptist who is a member in good standing with an SBC church. Additional qualification requirements may involve certain age limits, educational background, ministry experience, physical condition, financial and credit history, citizenship eligibility for a security clearance, certification by certain national organizations, and other qualifications specific to the Using Agency or Chaplains Commission, SBC. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as an SBC endorsed chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at Send me. For more information about SBC Chaplaincy, visit www.namb.net/chaplaincy.

Pray

For churches as they prepare to send out missionaries and chaplains to push back lostness in North America. For receptive hearts among the people in communities where these missionaries and chaplains will serve. For churches and individuals to partner with missionaries and chaplains, and to give of their time and talents. For the Father to send more workers into His harvest to join these missionaries.

Participate

Chaplains serve as an extension of the local church in places that other members and church staff sometimes cannot go. Explore the opportunities to extend the reach of your church by becoming a chaplain in one of the many settings where chaplains bring gospel ministry with compassion and convictional kindness. Be involved in supporting chaplains and their families. Pray for chaplains and their families.
NAMB does not provide compensation for SBC endorsed chaplains. However, a general fund is available to receive donations in support of the ministry and pastoral care to SBC endorsed chaplains. To donate, please visit Support Chaplaincy (missionaries.namb.net/projects/full/chaplaincy).
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