Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Prayer request

I just received the following prayer request by email. Let us all join in prayer for this community.

"I'm sure you've heard of the tragedy in Crandon, WI. You can't help but hear about it if you listen/read anything from the news. I live in Crandon. And I live a block away from where the shootings took place. I can see the house when I look out my front door and I heard the gun shots. I can't tell you how it feels to know you heard the shots that killed people. I knew Tyler (the police officer who did the killing) and I knew the students who were killed. You can't live in a town of less then 2,000 people and not know people's faces.

I'm writing you because you have a good amount of people who read your blog and I'm asking that you keep our community in prayer. It's a dark county where we live (it's been a dark county for a long time, not just now). Satan has a strong grip on this area (in fact, satanic worship is quite "high" in the area) and while those of us believers here pray for God's intervention, we need the help of others. Especially now. If I may ask, please pray for the families left behind. They have to see each other and I pray that anger, bitterness and hatred are not turned toward each other (esp. towrds the Peterson family, who is the family of the police officer). And pray for the other officers involved. I can't imagine what it must feel like to work with someone, trust them, and then have to hunt them down and be forced to kill them. I'm sure the officers didn't want to imagine it, either.

It will take time for this all to heal. Please use the best weapon you have and pray for us all."

15 comments:

Melisa said...

This is just a few hours north of us (we are in SE WI). We were shocked that this happened.
I do have to agree with the person who wrote it, though. Sadly, there is a lot of darkness throughout the whole state. Coming from the Bible belt in OK a dozen years ago, while I was aware of issues there, they were nothing in comparison to here in WI. Why WI? I have no idea - it seems like a rather unlikely place - maybe that is why. We homeschool and have run into an amazing number of non-Christian homeschoolers - and I do not mean atheists either. Anyway, I am rambling, but we are praying here.

Julie's Jewels said...

I was so saddened to read of this incident on our Atlanta newspaper website. I immediately thought of how those officers that had to shoot this man and kill him must have felt to know he was a fellow police officer. My husband was in law enforcement for over 15 years. He started out in city of Atlanta and then moved to smaller town police departments. He even worked for a sheriff's dept. It would have about killed him to have to do what these other officers had to do. And not to mention the families of those involved in this situation. I will certainly be praying for those affected by this. I used to live in a town in Kansas about the same size of this town where this happened. So I know how you can know everyone in the town if not by name at least by face. This is certainly a very sad situation.

Mimi said...

this is such a heart breaking situation...
I will keep them in my prayers...
all of the families (especially the Peterson family) will need our prayers for a long time .. it will take a very long time to heal enough to get past this tragedy.

College Gal said...

Oh how sad. I will be praying.
At one of the Lifeguard trainings I was at last year, there was a shooting about 300 yards from the pool, at a soccer game, (its right in back of the pool), some of the other guards saw the guy who was shot drop down. They just shot about 5 rounds into the crowd of people, little children included. It was a gang who did it. Just terrible. What is this world coming to? It just makes me so much more excited about the coming of Christ Jesus though!!! :D

Laura said...

The whole thing was so sad. They showed the mother of the 14-year that was killed. I'm sure she will never be the same. I will keep their families in my thoughts and prayers. If any possible good can come out of this I hope it does.

Vicky said...

I am from WI as well, and have been praying for the Crandon community. What a sad, tragic event. We can only pray that God will use this event to touch many, many lives for good - somehow.

I agree - Wisconsin is becoming a very liberal state. I've lived here all my life and always thought it was a more conservative place to live, but I don't see that any more. We are headed south to the Kentucky area soon, so I am interested to see how life in the South (that's south to me!) will compare. I want to raise my daughter and any future children in a God-fearing community!

Becky K said...

I will be sure to pray for this community. I was so shocked to read when this happened - who knew that this could happen. I would never, in a million years, think to fear a police officer. I guess none of us are truly safe and protected except with God. I hope that God's enduring love, warmth and grace surround this town as well as all of us.

bdgrfanswm said...

What a tragedy. I will pray as you have asked us to do.

I grew up in southern WI (just outside of Madison) and remember that in in politics they always WI was always like two states - Madison/Milwaukee (liberal) and the rest of the state (conservative).
Maybe it's not that way any longer.

--Sue

P.S. The Columbus, OH area (where we now live is generally more conservative).

neuropoet3 said...

Living clear out in Oregon around the Portland area for most of my life, I can understand what this person means by the "dark". What a horribly sad situation - I will be praying...

~Jenny

Lutheran Woman said...

Another Southeast Wisconsiner here! Prayers are for them and their families.

USAincognito said...

Please do keep those of us in law enforcement in your prayers right now. It is hard knowing a fellow officer could do something like this and knowing that fellow brothers/sisters had to in turn take the life of one of our own as an end result. It isn't easy for us either dealing with this type of news. Thank you, Anna, for posting this prayer request on your site.
PS. I have been not home much as of late; thus, the lack of posts this past week or so. I will try to get back to posting more often ocne things calm down around here. Which, I am hoping, should be soon!

Kaeus said...

i could hardly believe it when my husband told me about this. it seems like the USA is in my prayers almost constantly recently. and then another school shooting. i will be praying like mad.

Candy said...

I am praying,
Candy

Anonymous said...

This is so very sad. I went to school with a gal from Hiles, a neighboring town to the north, & I had the opportunity to tag along on a visit she made home to see her family. I don't know about now, but the area was absolutely beautiful 25 years ago, & I met some real fine people. I am so sorry about the shooting. This is the kind of thing that can reverberate for a long time.

Brenda

Jennifer said...

I want to thank you all for your prayers. I am the person who lives here in Crandon. We are facing the funerals now. School has even been canceled for the next week. According to my sister-in-law (who knew everyone killed), she says that the families of the victims are not negative towards the Peterson's family. How I pray that this stays true!

Please keep praying for the lone survivor, Charlie. The doctors believe he will make it. But the people who are close to him, believe that he will try to take his own life once he's out of the hospital. That's the last thing anybody needs now!

Again, thank you all for praying. And thank you, Anna, for being willing to post this on your blog.

Jennifer