L to R: Trey Doty, L A Doyle, Ronnie Rivera, Chris Green and Terry Hassle
Last evening Ed and Mary attended the Heroes Dinner, welcoming Responder Life, a Ministry affiliated with Focus on the Family, to the Tampa Bay community of Florida. Responder Life, http://www.responderlife.com/ an outreach to Police, Fire/Rescue, EMS, Federal Agents and 9-1-1 Dispatchers has recently taken Firefighter/Paramedic Ronnie Rivera, Founder of Emergency Workers for Christ, as Responder Life Florida's Regional Head. When this joining took place, Ronnie introduced Responder Life to OS91: http://operationsafety91.blogspot.com/2012/01/os91-meets-with-responder-life.html Welcoming all the Dinner Guests was Ronnie Rivera, now head of Responder Life in Florida, pictured above. Behind Ronnie are from left to right: Trey Doty, Executive VP and COO of Responder Life in the U.S., L A Doyle who is head of Responder Life Canada, Chris Green, President and CEO of Responder Life U.S. and Terry Hassle, Board Chair and Spokesperson of Responder Life in Florida, who so graciously hosted our delicious Heroes Dinner at her beautiful home.
This partnership with Responder Life opens new doors to Operation Safety 91, enabling us to reach literally thousands more ...tens of thousands more Responders with the life saving message of Psalm 91. Ronnie connected OS91 with Dr. Ann Brown of the Joint Commission on Chaplain Accreditation and Education who attended last evening's dinner. Dr. Brown immediately welcomed with open arms this partnership with Operation Safety 91 to reach the Responders through the Chaplains who go through her Program www.jccae.com. 2,000 Psalm 91 cards were put into her hands, plus the Psalm 91 books. We also connected with the wife of a Military Chaplain currently in the heart of Afghanistan so that we can send over Psalm 91 cards for his Troops and get the Psalm 91 books into his hands.
Deputy gives testimony to Dinner Guests
Two current Responders spoke: the first was a Deputy, very close to retiring from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, who spoke about how the Lord was so very much a part of his work. Secondly, a young woman Deputy from Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, who overcame being shot 3 times during a 911 call because of her faith in Jesus Christ, gave her testimony. All present were inspired by these courageous Responders and their heart for Jesus Christ. They are not ashamed of the Gospel. Ronnie wrapped up the Testimonies with his own: in the past three weeks overcoming blood clots to his heart and brain resulting in paralysis of his entire left side, now gone...because of his faith in Jesus Christ and Psalm 91!
L to R: Ronnie, Mary, miraculously spared Deputy
OS91 looks forward to a very fruitful partnership with Responder Life and welcomes the outreach to an ever growing number of Responders through this Ministry and those with whom it is associated. To date, well over a quarter million Psalm 91 cards have been given to Responders through and with the help of our partners. "Together we can do so much more than separately."