Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter and Passover

During this Holy season I have been really blessed to meet many new and current IAWP members as I have traveled through Europe after the March 18- 20, 2013 Region 13 Conference held in Lower-Saxony (Hannover) Germany.

I sepnt a few days in Hannover visiting local sites and getting to know local police members.  I will dedicate an entire blog to that visit.  I followed up with a trip to Munich where I visted many local sights to include churches.  The impact of religious observance in Germany is fascinating.  Protestants and Catholics are the dominant religions observed.

Exploring their houses of worship was educational.

This past week leading up to today is refered to as Passion Week.  It is the week used to symbolize the last days of Jesus Christ on this earth.  Palm Sunday begins his ministry with a welcoming procession. Each following day of the week has significance with Good Friday actually be a celebrated holiday (day off) in Ireland.  No alcohol can be bought or sold on this day.  It is taken as seriously as Chritsmas.

The practice on Good Friday is to walk the stations of the cross which are generally posted (or depicted) in local churches.  The stations (or sometimes called the way of the cross) cover Jesus Christ path from being condemned to death to his burial.

Easter Sunday (also called Resurrection Day) is in honor of the belief Christ rose from the dead and the the grave could not keep him from changing lives even until this day.

Millions celebrate Easter worldwide.

I pray however you celebrate that you are spending it with family and friends enjoying fellowship and fun.

I will be visiting two different churches in London.  I enjoy discovering diversity in forms and ways of worship when I travel.

Stay safe.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

International Women's Day

Happy International Women's Day

It was my honor to work with my friend Charmaine Lee in coordinating the Las Vegas portion of International Women's Day.  We held the "Courageous Women Clothing Drive" in the Las Vegas/Henderson area.  The drive was to benefit local Domestic Violence (DV) Shelters.  These shelters take in women and children (and special ones house male victims of DV) that seek refugee from violent and abusive homes.

People displaced by DV often leave without anything simply the clothes on their backs.  We collected clothing, underwear and socks for women, men and children along with toiletries (toothpaste, deorderant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion,etc)

The drive was held at four locations throughout Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada.  It was our contribution to aiding in Empowering women as part of International Women's Day.  Hundreds of pounds of items were collected and donated to local shelters.

The community support and involvement was tremendous. The drive helped to increase awareness about Domestic Violence and the fact that "there is help" in the way of shelters and counseling to help victims of DV become whole and to become strong victors over their situations.

Three DV survivors told their story during our official kick off ceremony which took place at Adapt Insurance (one of the host locations).  Charmaine Lee, Tish Mezell, and Richelle Shelter shared their unique stories of violence and abuse then shared their escape to wholeness stories.  It is so important that victim hear from people who have successfully and safely gotten out of potentially life threatening situations.

It was humbling to be a part of this International Women's Day event.  I pray many lives will be affected by the knowledge shared as part of this educational event.  A video of the presentation by the speakers will soon be available.  If you are interested in viewing it please let me know.

Have a great weekend.  Stay Safe.

Friday, March 01, 2013

We honor you

On this first day of March please join me in remembering those who have passed away in February 2013.

On February 2, 2013 Police Officer Patricia “Patty” Parete of the Buffalo, Police Department passed away as a result of a violent line of duty attack.

On February 3, 2013 Margaret “Marge” Matrisciano passed away.  She was a Life member of IAWP and a retired Morris County, New Jersey Sergeant.

On February 12, 2013 Police Constable Phillippa Reynolds of the Police Service of Northern Ireland passed away after a violent suspect rammed her police vehicle.  Two other colleagues were injured and are recovering.

On February 16, 2013 Shaunda Bond of the Chicago Police Department passed away after a single vehicle off-duty accident just two days before boarding the plane to a dream vacation.  Shaunda is survived by many family members to include two sisters in Law Enforcement; Officer Wendy Bond of Chicago PD and Sherry Bond of Cook County (Illinois) Sheriff’s Department.

On February 26, 2013 two lives were violently taken in the Line of Duty. Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler fought until the end with a man set against being arrested. These two warriors are Too Soon Gone.

Sergeant Baker and Detective Butler are the 11th and 12th officers to loss their lives in the Line of Duty in the month of February. (The 16th and 17th Line of Duty Deaths for 2013 in the United States)

The month of February ended with eighteen U.S. officers losing their lives.   

Please pray for the friends, family and colleagues of all the officers worldwide who have had their lives cut short in public service and due to accident or illness.  
A weekly law enforcement prayer is held to pray for the safety of officers worldwide.
I am available at Prayer request can be sent to me and they will remain confidential.  I will only share information shared with me at your request.  I will pray with you and for you for any concerns you have.

Please Stay Safe,
Stay Alert,

Go Home to your loved ones every night;
These things I pray for you.

(More information about the passings of these officers can be located in the Member’s area on the section under Chaplain’s Corner.)