Happy Birthday, America!
This weekend, as we celebrate our Nations independence by getting together with loved ones, eating some hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs, and corn on the cob, let’s remember that the freedom we so freely experience is never free. Our freedom was bought and purchased by the sacrifice of others and continues to be realized by the current sacrifices of our military and law enforcement. As you pray for your food this weekend, remember to give thanks for all who are serving and helping keep us free. Happy Birthday. America!
Summer Water Sponsors
Thank you to all of you who have been sponsoring the water project. You are helping put cups (bottles) of cold water into the hands of our police officers every day. I am often told, “Thank you, Chaplain” by the officers. I respond, “It’s not me, it’s the citizens, businesses, and churches in the community that are reminding you they care.” Summer is here so if you would like to participate in this project, follow the donate link to our website to give monthly or one time.
It has been a busy season in our city when it comes to crisis. There was a period recently when I responded to four death call-outs in a two-week time span. I wish I didn’t have to meet families in this way, but I’m glad to be a part of CAST and the team that provides this incredible caring service to our community on the worst days of their lives.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Officer Hit By Pick-up Truck
A Chula Vista Police officer was struck by a pick-up truck while directing traffic at a fire a few weeks ago. He was knocked down and his foot was run over.
I responded to the hospital and was able to greet his wife and other concerned officers. The situation could have been terribly worse, and we are thankful the only serious injury was to his foot and ankle. Please keep officer Jason in your prayers as he recovers.
Wedding Bells are Ringing
I was privileged to officiate my daughter’s wedding ceremony June 3, 2017. It was an extraordinary day for sure. Something I will cherish forever. Walking her down the isle, quoting a few lines from the movie The Princess Bride about “mauwage” and “twu wuv” will forever by remembered.
The following day I conducted a wedding for a pair of police officers. Fun times! The resonance of the bells continues in my head.
Washington DC Trips
I traveled to Washington DC on two occasions within the past 60 days. Both trips were unique and amazing in their focus. The first was an invite from Church United to a group of 150 California pastors. It was a sponsored trip to show us the spiritual awakening in our nation’s Capitol.
Did you know there are church services being held in the US Capitol? They started three years ago after a period of 144 years of absence. Now there is a weekly worship service and prayer meeting, which I was able to attend on both trips.
The second trip was with the San Diego FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni, which was a real treat. We toured the Quantico, VA, FBI Academy, FBI headquarters, DEA Museum, all around the Capitol city including the memorials and points of interest (including the Star Spangled Banner flag in the Smithsonian).
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
I visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC. It was a rather somber walk looking at all the officers that have died in the line of duty across our nation.
I made a point to stop and find Chula Vista resident and SDPD officer Jonathan (JD) DeGuzman’s name freshly etched in the wall.
As I sat on the wall, I offered prayers for JD’s family and our nation’s law enforcement as they continue the mission of safety from coast to coast.
Breaching and Tactical Entry
Finger pistols out, we were stacked up at the door. At the direction of our Team Leader, we breached the door, entered the house, arrested the bad guys, and rescued the hostages. It was a successful mission with no injuries.
Simulating the breaching entry and clearing of a house was part of the San Diego County Chaplain Association training this quarter. SDPD SWAT instructors gave us the rudimentary steps and outlined the process, risks, and tactical considerations of entering an unknown space and encountering danger.
The training was aimed at providing us with a better understanding of what officers encounter and related the high stress. Our outcome was positive, but that is not always the case. With this training and information, we will be better equipped to help counsel officers in critical incidents.
Oh, and don’t forget to check the doorknob before you kick it in, it may be unlocked.
God places all authorities, and our police play a significant role keeping peace in our society.
I’m thankful that God has a handle on things because sometimes it doesn’t look good.
With your help we are able to continue providing excellent care and services in support of our police. Thank you and God bless you for your partnership.
Founder/Chaplain Code 7
“Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.”