In 1999 God used the school shootings in Columbine High School to point Dawn toward a lifetime of ministry to teenagers. Almost 20 years later, it’s still happening. After the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, many in our country are saying, “enough is enough!”.
While changing laws and policies will help, I am aware that our real hope can only be found in Jesus Christ. We do need to make wise decisions to help our communities be physically safe, but even more so, we desperately need people effectively communicating to teenagers how they can find their hope in Christ. They need to know Jesus! Did the 17 who lost their lives know Jesus? I don’t know. Did anyone tell them about Him? Did anyone ever show the shooter the love and compassion of Jesus? I don’t know. What can we do to make sure someone in every community is reaching out to students on their local high school campus?
As the Michal family prepare to make this big move to Orlando, this incident has served to motivate me to lean into my new role even more. When I get to Orlando this summer, I will be developing resources to help anyone start a Cru movement on their high school campus. I am chomping at the bit to start work on this and every time I see a tragedy like this in the news, it just serves to spur me on even more. These teenagers need Jesus! Thank you for joining us on this journey to see more students know Jesus more deeply!
One of Dawn’s high school friends lives in the Parkland community and her son, Kole, was in the school when the shooting happened. Our National team (of which we will be a part) drove from Orlando to Parkland to meet Kole, pray for him, and minister to their family. Please pray for Kole and his family and friends as they settle into a “new normal” in Parkland and please pray for God to raise up the Christian community in that area to reach out to teenagers with the Gospel of hope!