Last Thursday we were shocked by the breaking news alert:
"At least seven people killed and 12 wounded in a mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, a Pentagon official says." (Latest on Fort Hood shooting)
Immediately, our thoughts and prayers went to the victims' family and friends. We slowly shook our heads in disbelief. We offered wordless prayers and admitted we're troubled that tragedy has hit so close to home.
Like us, we know that listeners across the country, and especially in the Fort Hood area, are wrestling with God's sovereignty in the midst of disaster. That's why we at Ambassador immediately sent a number of urgent emails and text messages to the speakers we work with: "What do you say? How can we comfort people in distress?"
Without delay, Charles Morris hopped in the studio to prepare a special "HAVEN Today" and :60 "HAVEN NOW" for Monday called "Seeing Jesus When We Don't Know He's There."
Brad Mattes of "Life Issues®", whose son recently returned from Iraq, shared in a recorded message that he understands the anguish families experience worrying about their loved ones.
Monday our engineers replaced Tuesday's "UpWords®" with Max Lucado so he could say, "And my prayer is for your comfort as we all struggle to make sense of what's taken place. These will be difficult days ahead. But Romans 8:35 is our hope: Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us?"
In God's provision, Joni Eareckson Tada had planned to be in the studio last Friday, so she added her thoughts, "All of us at the ministry have put you on our staff prayer list--asking God to cover you with his comfort."
Pastoring a church in Dallas, Pete Briscoe of "Telling the Truth" sent a recorded voice memo from his iPhone - "Even now that it's no longer in the news, please keep praying not only for the families of Fort Hood, but for the families of our armed men and women who are in the theatre of war at this very time."
It's our prayer that listeners around the country, and especially in the Fort Hood area, will be encouraged to hear about God's presence in the midst of this storm . . . and blessed to know of the prayers being offered.
Download Audio for Responding to Fort Hood Shooting
You can access the audio mentioned above on our FTP site. Locate the "Comfort in Times of Distress/Texas Nov 09" folder. Contact Katie Burke for assistance: (949) 681-7611.
Giving Honor this Veteran's Day
Wednesday, November 11th is Veteran's Day. Designed to let soldiers and their families know they're not alone, we invite you to share "Life and Liberty: Calling a Nation to Prayer" with your listeners . . . the focus of this special is clear and simple: prayer for our men and women serving our country.