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SECURITY!? IN A CHURCH?
A Time Such as This
My generation had the distinct honor of sitting at the feet of the men who faced the worst dragons of recent history on battle fronts around the world in WWII. My dad and six uncles fought in those battles. Some on land, some in the sea, some in the air. Some against Germans; some against Japanese. Dad and every one of my uncles came home.
Last week we observed the 75thanniversary of first day (D-Day) of the invasion to liberate France. Of the battles fought in that war, the beaches of Normandy were to the war in Europe, what the atomic bomb was in the Pacific war. It was beginning of the end of Axis rule.
My best friend’s dad was there on the beach, June 6th, 1944. He was a Landing Craft pilot. 20 years later he cried as he told me, a haughty High-School kid with hair down to my shoulders and a souped-up truck with glasspacks, of hearing shells bouncing off the front gate as it was being lowered, then yelling and cussing at men to get off his boat as they scrambled over the vomit, blood, wounded and dead of those in front of them.
Lawrence Danley made many such trips that day, then took his turn on land with a rifle. Mr. Danley was one of the finest, soft-spoken gentlemen I ever knew. He came back from that experience; then, like thousands of others, did what was needed to rebuild America by raising a fine family, paying his taxes and carrying his own weight. He never asked for anything in return except what he earned from his blue-collar job. Mr. Danley’s story was told over and over again in homes all across America. The battles, names and places were different, but they were the warriors who faced the fiercest evil of recent history.
They cleared a path so rebellious kids like me could have our souped-up trucks with glasspacks.
Think About it
I will remain forever grateful for those who, like that obedient young lady in Esther 4:14, were “called for such a time as this.”
I’ve no doubt you are men and women who’ve answered a call. Like so many who served then, you may have no idea of the difference you have made and continue to make.
Last Week's TAI...
I hope I am wrong in what I am about to say. I prayed to be wrong. I want you to pray I am wrong. For the past several weeks I have felt that an attack on an American church is coming soon that will be of, if not beyond, the scale of some of the worst we have seen. And we’ve seen some bad ones.
While praying to be wrong, we must be ready.
The response to our annual security summit announcement has been so overwhelming I am repeating it before the early discount ends tomorrow. Make sure to register by midnight Monday 6/3/19 to save $26.00 off the registration costs.
The 2nd annual Faith-Based SOS (Security Operations Summit) will be on the 26th(Friday) and 27th(Saturday) of July in Colorado Springs. Last year we had people from 27 states. By the end of the 2nd week of registrations this year, we already saw 17 states represented. The only bad thing is that Motels in the area noticed the influx and prices are going up fast.
Charl van Wyk kicks things us off as the opening keynote speaker. Charl was a missionary in Africa when four terrorists came into their sanctuary with AK-47’s and grenades. The Sunday evening service became a site of carnage. Though 11 died in the first seconds of the attack, it was Charl shooting back with a snub-nosed .38 revolver that put the coward terrorists fleeing. Charl said later,
“The only person who can make any difference when faced with a violent attacker is the person who is right there, right then.”
In the 17 topics addressed in last year’s event not one regarded armed defense (aside from occasional comments). SOS 2019 has an obvious theme on the importance of intervention capacity, including armed readiness.
Think About it
It is no mistake that you see topics regarding responsibly armed defenders in the 2019 SOS line up. We’ve never focused on firearms but feel an urgency as never before to see teams truly prepared. We are putting a lot into that serious subject this year.
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.
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This section is updated every Sunday morning to give church security teams some things to think about as they prepare for weekend services. I wish your team the very best and hope you may find occasional things applicable to your operations.