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This Sunday, in honor of the victims that were killed last week at the Sikh temple, we are asking for you to join the Faith Community in a moment of silence to honor their memory.

Often times, people will wonder what they can do to help in times like this. As a Christian, we have the responsibility to provide a biblical response through prayer, caring for victims, and sharing the hope that we have in Christ.

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund released a statement on August 9th asking for the Faith Community to stand with them in solidarity as they honor the victims. They “hope that this National Moment of Reflection at churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, gurdwaras, and community centers across America will send the message of blessings for all, and that we stand united against hate and intolerance and as part of a common humanity.”

Early in the morning on July 20, 2012, a lone gunman entered a movie theater and opened fire shooting 71 people; 12 of which died. Investigation is ongoing, but they have a suspect in custody.

This “active shooter” is an isolated incident, yet there are precautions that can be taken to help prepare for such an event as well as to help assist others in a similar situation.

The Biblical Response to an Active Shooter

On Wednesday Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued a bulletin to DHS partners across the nation that while there is no specific threat to the U.S. known at this time, they remain concerned “lone wolf” terrorists could use the date to avenge the death of former Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

In open source websites terrorist groups such as Al-Shabaab in Somalia, Northern Africa’s Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and the Pakistani Taliban have called for revenge against the United States for killing bin Laden during the May 1, 2011, raid on his hideout in Pakistan. Websites indicate Al Qaeda or its affiliates would view an attack ‘on this anniversary as a symbolic victory,’ especially in the wake of losses suffered by Al Qaeda through U. S. drone attacks and other efforts overseas.

This comes as a reminder to report suspicious activity to your local law enforcement. It is a call for vigilance and community responsiveness.

Effective as of this past weekend, you may now begin receiving geographically focused emergency text alert notifications. According to an article published by Government Technology:

“Individuals will not be charged to receive the messages, and alerting authorities will not pay wireless phone carriers for sending out the notification, according to FEMA. The alerts will be sent to mobile phones via broadcast technology to avoid the delay that typically happens during an emergency when wireless voice and data services are ‘highly congested.’

Three types of messages will be sent to mobile phones: imminent threats, Amber alerts and presidential messages, but according to FEMA, most alerts will be issued by the National Weather Service.

Multiple shots were fired at Oikos University, a Korean Christian college in Oakland, CA earlier today, April 2, 2012. Although still in the early stages of discovery and response, “Authorities said two people have been shot in the head and at least six people were wounded,” according to Fox News. There is at least one fatal wounding from the shooting. This event is an active, ongoing event unfolding and more information will be made available as the event unfolds.

Local station, ABC7, is live-streaming coverage on this story: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/livenow?id=6387369.

Pray for God's work to be done amidst this tragedy and in the recovery days ahead for the families, friends, neighbors and community. God's comfort, hope and acceptance can minister to many lives in the coming days.

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