Honoring the Victims of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center Shooting

Dear Friends,

I just wanted to take a minute to honor the 12 people who passed away last Friday, May 31st, in a shooting in the Virginia Beach Municipal Center building in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Each of these people were precious in Jesus’ sight, and they deserve to be remembered.

Please pray with me, as these people’s loved ones now have to live their lives without them.

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“Dear Jesus,
You are God alone. Though we don’t understand why these things happen, we choose to trust You.
Please be so near to the families of these 12 people… we pray that You would comfort them, and that they would allow You to comfort and strengthen them.
You are unstoppable, Jesus. Please bring good even out of such anguish and tragedy.
In Jesus’ Name we pray,
Amen.”


Jesus Christ died so that we might live with Him forever. Learn more about who He is, and what He has done for you and for me, here.

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Please pray.

After reading this very heartbreaking, nightmarish article on how young, innocent lives have been forever traumatized by Boko Haram, it is hard to not be mad at Christ for not “zapping” (as if He ever did such a thing), and killing those who are responsible for such heartache and misery.

Hearts scream out for Justice. Peace. An end to the suffering.
Will you please join in prayer?

“Dear Lord Jesus,
I don’t know what to write here, Jesus. There are no words.
No words but what comes wailing out, as one reads this article: “Justice! Jesus, bring Justice!”

That is my prayer.
My broken, face-turned-down prayer to You.

Dear Sweet Jesus,
Please, bring these people to know You… to know who You really are.
Please bring beauty out of ashes for these people.
Weeping into dancing.

Dear Jesus,
May those who have gone through trauma not try to cover it.
May they lift their stories to You, so that You might restore what satan, the world, and our sinful selves have tried to take away.

May all people involved in this… and I say it with honest rage towards those I am praying for… but may even the members of Boko Haram who have done this, come to know You.

No one, not even them, are outside of Your Love.

Thank You, Jesus.

In Your Name I pray,
Amen.”

 

Please continue to pray for these people as you feel led. Thank you.

 

Giving Back their Names: Getting to the Heart of the Story

After reading horrific news reports surrounding the lives of 219 girls from Chibok, Nigeria– and countless more, from all over both the Northern and Southern regions of Nigeria– I am filled with an angry, bitter grief.

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