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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Two killed in YWAM shooting

Early Sunday morning, a single gunman entered the Denver, Colorado base of Youth With A Mission and open fired on a group of fifty students and staff. 26-year-old Tiffany Johnson of Minnesota and 24-year-old Philip Crouse of Alaska were killed. Dan Griebenow, 24, was critically wounded and remains in critical condition. More here. YWAM has posted their own press release here.

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an international and interdenominational Christian movement with operating locations in 171 nations. YWAM was launched in 1960 by one man who dreamed of young Christians spreading the Gospel much in the same way as waves break on shores. YWAM offers means for young people to work in short and long-term missionary service, and now has over 16 000 staff working in 1180 centers. YWAM trains and recruits over 25, 000 people each year "to know God and make Him known."

I am grieving and praying for the families of these fellow YWAMers tonight. Most of all, I know that as young YWAM missionaries, the staffers who lost their lives this morning had long since given their lives away to their Savior, Jesus Christ. YWAMers make a clear set of commitments, and they speak a clear and definite language; from the first day of our mission on bases around the world, we learned that the Father heart of God yearns over His creation and that He speaks to the depths of the human heart. Our lives are thus lived according to a preemptive yes to anything that He might ask of us. We gave up our idols and we gave up our rights, and we gave our full allegiance to the dreams of our God; there would be no other final claim upon us. For those who have given everything to God, to live is for Christ, and to die- it is gain.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of their God, rest in His peace.