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How Quickly we Forget

I recently mentioned to an acquaintance, that Doug Buring would be a speaker at our SOS event in Houston. Doug was the lead Pennsylvania State Trooper on the ground on site at the West Nichol Mines Amish School attack where 5 girls were killed. My friend had no clue what I was talking about.

It is amazing how quickly we forget some of the worst atrocities.

Nickel Mines is the name given to a small, mostly Amish community in SE Pennsylvania. In the 1850’s, nickel was discovered there in a mining operation intended for copper. Joseph Wharton extracted 4.5 million pounds of nickel from there between 1862 and 1893. Wharton (who also co-founded Bethlehem Steel and Swarthmore College) was an influence on the U. S. Mint to use nickel from his mines to produce the 5-cent coin we all know. The mines all closed in 1893 and have disappeared into fertile farm ground. All that remains are the names.

One of the names is a road named, “West Nickel Mines Road.” On that road sat a small one-room Amish school house where school was in session on October 2nd, 2006.

Noone knew, just down the road a milk-truck driver, with no prior law-enforcement history of any kind, was fed up with God. He had turned angry over the death of his own pre-mature daughter 9 years earlier and wanted to strike back at the heart of God for taking her.

His attack on that little school left 5 girls dead and a nation stunned at the horror. Police said Roberts chose that little faith-based school because it was close and had no security.


Think About it

While many forget, those of us who do remember will hear Doug Burig remind us of the brutal details of that attack. Frank Pomeroy will remind us of his small church in rural Texas where so many lives were changed forever by an attack. It astonishes me how many have no clue of that attack as well.

As has been stated by many (in various but similar words) that, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

I hope you can join us in Houston to learn from the history of faith-based security.

Here is the main link which directs you to many other links (including registration): https://fbsnamerica.com/sos

Comments (4)

Good reminder. An excellent book about the tragedy and the Amish community’s reaction to it is Amish Grace published by Jossey-Bass, highly recommended.

We NEED a Savior, I am glad I have Jesus.

I think that most people either don’t know or forget that violent crime can happen anytime, anywhere to anybody. Age, sex, race, religion, socioeconomic status, etc. are secondary to the fact that when evil bursts forth in society we are left to react. The two most prominent reactions to sudden violence are fight or flight. As sheet dogs we have chosen to be fighters. God’s instruction to us on how to raise our children also applies to us, His adopted adult children, as well. God wants to train us up as His sheepdogs. Psalm 144:1 Praise the LORD, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. NLT Our Gracious Heavenly Father has a special word for each and every attendee.

Proverbs 9:1-2 Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns. She has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table. NLT

Looking forward to July 22nd.

Soli Deo gloria (Glory to God alone)

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