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SECURITY!? IN A CHURCH?
Annual Summit of Faith-Based Defenders
At the heart of every great endeavor are the people who make it happen. There is nothing like them coming together in an event setting to symbolize the sincerity and improve the professionalism of that endeavor.
In 2018, the FBSN (Faith-Based Security Network) held the first summit type event for the people involved in the church security endeavor. 222 people came from 27 states to hear speakers who were experts in one of the many aspects of security operations in a faith-based environment. The need for such a summit was obvious and now the 2nd annual Faith-Based SOS (Security Operations Summit) has just been announced. In the first 24 hours of this year’s announcement, registrations came in from 6 different states. In the days since, more have been added.
Charl van Wyk will set the tone as the keynote speaker. Charl was a missionary in Africa when four terrorists came into their sanctuary with AK-47 rifles and grenades.
That Sunday evening service became the site of a horrible mass-casualty event. But it was ended quickly because of one man with a small .38 revolver who chose to shoot back (a story largely ignored by American media). Though 11 died in the first seconds of the attack, it was Charl shooting back that put the terrorists fleeing.
Charl says, “The only person who can make any difference when faced with a violent attacker is the person who is right there, right then.”
That statement is the very definition of why most serve their fellow faithful in the duty of protection.
The focus of the SOS event is to encourage, equip and engage responsible defenders of the faithful across America. Many other nationally recognized speakers will follow Charl in the two-days of intensive presentations and break-out sessions related to this great endeavor. Those presentation and break-out session leaders are all experts in specific parts of security ministry.
Think About it
Consider coming to the SOS event on July 26th and 27th this summer. There is no place like Colorado to be in late July; bring your family and combine it with a vacation in our majestic mountains.
We hope to see you at this gathering of America’s leading faith-based defenders. To read more information on the event click on the link below.
And last week's TAI...
The joy and pain of good parenting
Kendrick Castillo’s last day of school would have been this last Friday, May 10th. Instead his last day of school was also the day he died, Tuesday, May 7th. He was 18.
Kendrick’s dad, John, is a man who communicated with his son and family. Now, one of their conversations is becoming known by the world. John told NBC News, on the day after Kendrick’s death, that he talked with Kendrick about what to do if he ever found himself in a situation where people were being attacked. Kendrick was going to step up if he saw it happening.
John recalled the conversation, and how Kendrick had told him, "You raised me this way. You raised me to be a good person. That’s what I’m doing." Though John told him he don't have to be the hero, that is who Kendrick was. He was that way before May 7th, it’s just that everyone now knows it.
Two student attackers, an 18-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl (who was trying to become a boy) seem to have conspired together to conduct a mass casualty attack.
As soon as it started however, Kendrick lunged at the male shooter causing him to only shoot Kendrick who was coming for him with ferocity. As Kendrick fell, others followed and wrestled the attacker to the ground.
Down the hallway, the 16-year-old girl attacker ran into her own problems, failed in her attempts to kill and was subdued and arrested.
Think about it
What caused some to be heroes and others to be the opposite?
You’ve seen the conversation between Kendrick and his dad above.
In a tweet sent out to many from the 16-year-old girl attacker just two weeks before the attack, she was playing the “woe is me” card as she was proclaiming her transgender journey. She said her mom didn’t like it and told her that she missed her. To which she replied, “I miss my dad, can you find him for me?”
The story of heroism in a boy is really an 18-year study in parenting. Just as the story of idiocy in another is a look at failed parenting.
As John Castillo spoke on camera about their mixed feelings, beside him, his wife, Maria had the unmistakable look of loss in her countenance.
Now, today is her Mother’s Day. Sometimes, joy comes through intense sacrifice.
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