Ministry Update: David Terrinoni

03-20-2012 by

Emily McGinley

Alum David Terrinoni (M.Div., 1990) wrote to update us on the ministry work he's been involved in as a Chaplain (Lt. Col.) in the U.S. Airforce. He was featured twice in the Tinker Take Off, the official newspaper for the Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Currently, David serves as the deputy director of Religious Affairs for Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.

As part of this work, he travelled all over the continent and, in April 2011, David was featured for a visit he made to Medina Hyredin, a young girl in Ethiopia whom his daughters had sponsored financially for 10 years through Compassion International. During this visit, David was able to bring gifts to Medina and share about the lives of his daughters with her.

In September, David was featured again – this time in his chaplaincy work when he was deployed to the Djibouti headquarters. In that capacity, he spent time in a circuit of Eastern African countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Comoros and Ethopia working with many different U.S. and foreign militaries who spoke multiple languages and dialects. While some of his work was devoted to providing for the spiritual well-being of his deployed comrades, he also had two additional missions: building relationships with military chaplains from Eastern African nations and building relationships with civilian religious leaders in the surrounding nations.

David also shared that he and his wife, Vicki, will be moving to Hawaii in May. We give thanks for this rich ministry and witness to God's work through David!