American Shootings: Parkland School attack & lockdown at Jackson Township, Ohio.

Schools on lockdown after student shoots himself at his school in Jackson, Ohio.

A seventh-grader shot himself on Tuesday morning in a “restroom” at Jackson Memorial School.

Reports of a school shooting in Parkland Florida are spreading throughout the world.

19 year old, expelled student and suspect, Nikolas Cruz opened fire leaving at least 17 people dead.

It’s said to be the worst school shooting since 2012, when 26 people died at Sandy Hook High School, Connecticut.

Previous to Florida attack, two students died and 14 suffered bullet wounds at a school in Kentucky.

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The news of America’s most recent tragedies are spreading quickly, throughout the world.

Christianity Today said in a recent article addressing these most recent events that, Chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s (BGEA) rapid response team, have been deployed throughout America, five times this year. Each time in 2018, for gun-related incidents. The BGEA rapid response team are trained to provide emotional and spiritual support amid crises.

Jack Mundy, International Director of the BGEA rapid response team said in a statement;

“So many lives have been forever changed by this evil act. As we pray for the students, faculty, and families, we know God can bring hope and comfort, in Jesus Christ, in the darkest hours.”

We are proud to say that Christians all over the world have regularly been among the first on scene to care for people amid natural disasters and now in recent years, more so, for manmade violence.

Pastor Eddie Bevil said in an interview with CT Blogger, Ed Stetzer;

“I’m praying that our churches, our church specifically, and other Bible-believing churches in our area, that we will point people to Jesus,”

“He’s the only hope we have. He’s the only thing that provides a future. He’s the only one who can bring peace where there is nothing but lostness and struggle and anger and fury and confusion … We just want to see Christ in the forefront of all of this.”

Just as with every evil; with every one of these American Shootings, people demand more from us than just ‘prayers and nice words of comfort’. One of our biggest challenges as Christians is the pressure to explain why these things happen, or ‘Why did God allow this to happen?’ and ‘Where was God in all of this?’.

Jamie Aten, HDI Founder and Executive Director, said that;

“..no answer will take away the pain and heartache, “What will be most helpful to those struggling is to meet them in their suffering by creating space for lament, providing comfort, encouraging community, and reminding others of the hope we have in Christ.”

We must be the light in these continual dark situations throughout the world. We must show Jesus to the world and help them to learn the nature of Christ and who He is, that He is loving and that His heart breaks with ours.

“He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.”

Psalm 147:3

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”

Psalm 34:18

God shares in our sorrows.

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

35 Jesus wept.

John 11:33-35

http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/february/parkland-florida-school-shooting-christian-response-bgea.html

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