2 countries, 2 tragedies – 42 Innocent Children {a call to prayer}

Go hug your kids, right now! Then read this & pray with us! This is YOUR CALL TO PRAYER for the world & the children in it! ~ ‘Violence against children’ is not new. It’s not isolated. It’s happening everywhere. In our home country, the USA. Where we live, in China. It’s not going away either. Why? It’s evil! So… We. Must. PRAY!

Today,  Newtown, USA & Beijing, China are not as far apart as they seemed to be last week…

China Post: 22 children stabbed  outside a school in Beijing, China on Friday – Dec. 14, 2012

Fox: 20 children killed in school shooting in Newtown, USA on Friday – Dec 14, 2012

Evil is everywhere in this world. Here are some things I shared on FB today. There was plenty of discussion & as a friend mentioned, we are so blessed to know we can think differently, process differently & see things differently – but still love & honor one another in the end. You may not agree with my thoughts or my take on things… that won’t make me love or like you any less! I’d love to hear how you DO see & handle these things that go on in this world. It is only by respectfully sharing with one another that we all might learn & grow from each other’s experiences & wisdom… Now is the time to come together in unity & love, comfort one another & simply ‘be there’ for those that are hurting.

“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” -Romans 12:15

As I see it, hundreds of souls in the two countries that I love are hurting, due to evil & violent acts on children. Right now I am going to spend time praying for all of these families in both these countries… So instead of taking time to rewrite & make this all sound pretty – I will let you piece it all together in your own mind. I just ask that you keep all comments respectful & please… PLEASE take time to pray for everyone involved!!!

The first thing I saw on my phone today was this notification “Carin Pasion shares Jesus Christ Savior” & then I saw everyone’s posts about the Conn shooting that happened while I slept here in HK… So glad that my friends know exactly what to ‘share’ at such a time as this… ♥

Hurting people hurt people… It’s a matter of bringing Jesus & His hope to those without it… Those of us filled with the Hope of Heaven, we must stand up & fight evil with LOVE, we must be angry with the devil who has come to steal & destroy – we are not fighting against gun control or even against people with guns – the battle is against the devil & JESUS has already won – Let us LOVE EVERYONE & use our God given POWER & AUTHORITY to kneel & pray! Binding evil & releasing love – fighting evil spirits with the spirit of the Living God!!

“And I will give unto you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be what has been bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be what has been loosed in heaven.” -Mathew 16:19

We are also praying for every soul involved & every family that grieves today (including the shooter’s family & the stabber’s family)… Jesus is the answer for them too. May the Holy Spirit be with each & every one! May they come to know Him more each day as they walk through this time & into their healing.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” -Ephesians 6:12
There are many problems with mental health all over the world, but I am certain the the root of most of those mental concerns is found in the schemes of the devil, the enemy of our souls. The destruction caused is no mistake, it’s his design to tear us all down & have every soul accomplishing his destructive plans for him…

BUT GOD said NO! His MERCY says NO! & we must continue to look to Him, read His Word (our Bibles!) & practice what we learn every day – let your light of Hope shine for the hurting & deceived people of the world to see that God is GOOD & that He is LOVE & that He is the WAY TO HOPE EVERLASTING!!! Pray more & use your authority in Christ to fight the battle with evil in the Spirit, where the victory is already won by the King of Kings!
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” -1 Corinthians 15:57
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” -Luke 10:19
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” -Ephesians 6:11
Thoughts posted by a friend – Food for thought & discussion:

I was listening to Tom Sullivan today, and I have to agree with him! If the FAA can license pilots to carry a weapon in a cockpit of a plane, why can’t teachers and principles be licensed to carry a weapon in our schools? After all, who has the most precious cargo to be protected? Would the outcome have been any different today if the principal or a teacher was packing? The only protection those teachers had was huddling in a closet and hoping the shooter did not find them!

How come people accept an armed guard around MATERIAL POSSESSIONS such as a bank, a mall, or even a convenience store, but not when it comes to our children?

We can continue to debate on whether or not guns should be banned, but lets face it, criminals will always get a weapon, and those who are disturbed will always find a way to carry out their plan. Ted Kaczynski (The Unabomber) mailed explosive packages to his victims, while Timothy Mcveigh blew up a Federal building with fertilizer and diesel fuel. We don’t even want to mention those who will strap a bomb to themselves. I say, until they figure it out, let’s protect our children!

— Aaron
I DON’T think teachers should carry guns… but ever since ‘Columbine’ I have been more & more ok with the idea of trained & armed security at school campuses. This is not the same world that you & I went to school in…
Another friend shared this:
I agree that criminals will always find a way to get what they need to carry out their insanity, I don’t know if the outcome today would have been better or worse, no one can possibly know that. I agree that our children are the most important thing in the world and SHOULD be better protected, but I do not agree that school officials should have weapons at school. Think about it, if they did have a situation where they had to fire the weapon and the kids saw that, they may be afraid of that teacher or principal for a very long time and that would affect everything at school. I won’t even go into the “what if” of a child getting a hold of the weapon. What needs to happen is roving police patrols at every school. Children, even young ones, understand that is a police officers job and how they protect them. Teachers teach, police protect. Just my two cents.
— Melissa
It’s not about guns people… Guns are very hard to find (& completely banned) in China, large knives are hard to find too… but evil does not give up easily – we should not give up either! 22 elementary kids & 1 adult were hurt in the Beijing attack, but the article reminds us of many other recent attacks where others were hurt/killed…
A fellow American living in China said:
I am thankful teachers can’t carry guns….it would have made the situation MUCH worse. The answer is not found in arming people… The truth is, I may feel different if my kids attended a public school in America. They don’t, so its easy to have an opinion when it will not effect me in any way…
— Josh
That rings true with me – when Tryston was in public school in CA I was always concerned about safety… & school violence was a lot less common 7yrs ago. Makes me even more glad to be homeschooling… Amid all the reactions of our hundreds of FB friends, both in America & in various countries near & far… everyone has a different take. Some say ban guns, others say correct the mental health system, still others talk about the stigma of admitting to needing counseling or psychological help… All I know is Jesus, so that’s my take. This world needs Jesus. If we love Him we will love others, if we love others we will make a difference by bringing light & hope into the darkness. Praying for all of you, everywhere. Let’s go out & love God’s children, One by One! Be the LIGHT & make the darkness of this world FLEE friends!
“Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.” -Philippians 2:9-10
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” -Hebrew 4:12
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” -2 Timothy 4:2-5

With Jesus, God & the Holy Spirit by our side – whom shall we fear?! Searching for answers?? The answer is LOVING people, in ways that show them WHO love comes from… HE is the answer.

I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always on my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a Friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
“Whom Shall I Fear?” -Chris Tomlin