CPSP Members in the News – Pastor Asnel Valcin, Psy.D, BCCC, RRT,
and member of the Hopewell, New Jersey Chapter
Pastor Asnel Valcin, Psy.D, BCCC, RRT, member of the Hopewell, New Jersey Chapter, and Director of Pastoral Care and Education at St John’s Episcopal Hospital, was recently featured in the Inter-American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church News.
Pastor Valcin shared recently with Pastoral Report:
Although I left Haiti 35 years ago, my heart never left the country of my birth. The August 14th earthquake shook the country at the worst possible time in its history. Thankfully, my CPE/T formation prepared me to answer the call to move forward with a mission for the ‘recovery of soul’ albeit for just a minority. However, I hope to be able to return to a much larger group when the circumstances improve.
Dr. Raymond Lawrence often emphasizes that chaplains are psychotherapists. I knew that the group of 16 chaplains of French and Haitian origin I was training at that time, were ready for this challenge. My personal encouragement was that these chaplains learned how to read ‘the living human document’. Thus, I traveled with them to Haiti for ten days to provide spiritual, emotional, and psychosocial support to the quake victims, in a culturally sensitive way. I count it a privilege that I was able to use my training to help others make a difference at a time of such great needs.
"Adventist Chaplains Minister to 400 Persons Emotionally Affected by Recent Earthquake in Haiti", written by Mrs. Libna Stevens, Assistant Director of Communication for the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, chronicles the work these chaplains did by being present to witness the suffering of the Haitian people. It is being reproduced and linked with the permission of the author.
Adventist Chaplains Minister to
400 Persons Emotionally
Affected by Recent Earthquake
Chaplain Atho Costumé of Haiti (center) speaks to persons in the community on their experience through the recent
earthquake which hit the southern peninsula in Haiti on Aug. 14, 2021. A group of chaplains from Martinique,
Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Haiti travelled to Les Cayes, in Haiti, under the direction of Adventist Chaplaincy
Ministries Instructor Dr. Asnel Valcin, director of Pastoral Care & Education at Saint John Episcopal Hospital in New
York, United States, to minister to more than 400 people, Sep. 9-12, 2021. [Photo: French Antilles Guiana Union]
A group of Adventist Chaplains from the Inter-American Division’s French territory were on a mission to minister to as many victims of the recent earthquake that devastated the southern peninsula in Haiti. The chaplains were able to offer emotional and psycho-social support to more than 400 people from Sep. 9-17, 2021.
Asnel Valcin, Psy. D., BCCC, director of Pastoral Care & Education at St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Rockaway, New York, United States, and instructor for Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries (ACM) of the Adventist World Church, invited a handful of Adventist chaplains from the French Antilles Guiana region and from Haiti. The chaplains had been receiving training on clinical and pastoral education since April and it was fitting to be able to have an opportunity to provide much needed assistance, said Dr. Valcin.
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