Christians Respond to Mass Shootings in Ohio and Texas


August 4, 2019

Christians Respond to Mass Shootings in Ohio and Texas



Unprecedented mass shooting attacks yesterday in El Paso, Texas and today in Dayton, Ohio prompted investigations by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. The El Paso, Texas law enforcement have confirmed that 20 people were killed and 26 were injured and it is now being investigated as a domestic terrorism incident.  Sadly, in Dayton, Ohio 9 people were killed and 27 were injured.

In an interview by CEN Public Information Officer Deputy John Phelps earlier today, CEN Founder and President Mary Marr said: “While there is no known specific threat to the Christian church nationwide at this time, CEN will continue to monitor our federal, state and local sources and advise accordingly. This tragedy is a reminder for Christians in the U.S. to pray fervently for revival to heal our land; to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement promptly; and to care for those affected by this tragedy sensitively sharing the Hope of Christ in the weeks and months to come.”
Marr also stated: “While we are on higher alert especially in soft target spaces like theatres, schools, malls and churches as part of our daily routine now, God’s Word in Acts 4:29-30 reminds us: ‘Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.’ This is a time when Christians need to be spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically resilient. Again, let’s be Aware, Ready and There sharing Christ together!”


Stand ready to respond as Jesus would to protect your own congregation as you share the Hope of Christ with those who are hurting. Habakkuk 2 

    Loitering around your facilities or parking lots.
    Conducting surveillance around the facility.
    Not following security entry and exit protocols.
    Tampering with heating and cooling systems.
    Working with children without a background check.
    Parked illegally.
    Acting suspiciously wearing bulky clothing.
    Leaving packages unattended.
    Calling, emailing or texting threatening messages from outside sources.
    Breaching your intrusion systems.
    Tampering with gates or locks of facilities.
    Driving vehicles into crowded non-secure areas.




    • Christians will respond with the love and Hope of Christ as others may ask “Where is God in this?, regardless of faith affiliation.

    • First Responders will be protected and vigilant both in El Paso and Dayton as in all cities around the country.

    • CEN will be supported to minister even more closely with first responders on behalf of the Christian community, particularly in the areas of timely actionable information sharing, training, as well as incident prevention and mitigation.


    • Review your ReadyChurch security plan and insure your congregation is reporting suspicious activities in and around your church facility to you and law enforcement.

    • Report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement, inside and outside church grounds, as these reports have substantially reduced incidents in the past two years according to the FBI.

    • Demonstrate the love of Christ with all those He places in your path.  


    • Words of encouragement with your local first responders who put their lives on the line every day for our safety and recovery.

    • ReadyChurch with your pastor and staff for your own congregation to be ready spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically when there is any incident, whether large or small, at your church.

    • ReadyCity with your Christian city leadership to form a citywide response team ready to respond to incidents like these in a manner which Glorifies the Lord. 

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