Saturday, September 29, 2012

OS91 attends FCPO Annual Conference

Fellowship of Christian Police Officers
2012 Annual Conference
Operation Safety 91 had the honor and privilege of attending the Fellowship of Christian Police Officers (FCPO) Annual Conference in First Assembly Church, Deland, FL yesterday and today. Over one year ago we were connected to FCPO when I cold contacted the FCPO Florida head, Deputy and Chaplain Mike Dye of Volusia County Sheriff's Office. I will never forget when Mike returned my call and asked where OS91 was located. I responded, "Winter Garden, FL." Mike said, "We're in Deland!" The rest is history! Ed and I met with Mike and loaded him up with Psalm 91 cards and the the 1687 Foundation's Psalm 91 resources, both of which he eagerly accepted to distribute. So about 3 months ago, when Mike contacted us inviting us to the annual Conference, the dates went on our calendar immediately. And what an outstanding Conference it has been! 
Featured Speaker is OS91's very own National Spokesperson, COL Danny McKnight, U.S. Army (Ret.) of "Black Hawk Down" renown.

COL McKnight speaking about OS91
COL held the audience of Responders by the heart as he spoke of current events, his two trips to Afghanistan during the past 12 months, the Battle of Mogadishu, Leadership principles and his book: Streets of Mogadishu - Leadership At Its Best, Political Correctness At Its Worst. "Leading soldiers in combat is a special privilege; someone has to do it and I got to do it!" COL states that "you manage things: you lead people!" "In this day and age, most people are followers; we must 'take a stand' and lead people". COL ended with his personal testimony and allegiance to his leader, Jesus Christ!

COL with Ed at OS91 table

Pastor Mike Modica, First Assembly Deland with FCPO Board
praying over COL Danny McKnight
First Assembly Deland Pastor Mike Modica, served in the U.S. Army and truly appreciated hosting the FCPO Conference and COL Danny McKnight at the Church. Pastor Mike's son, currently also serving in the Army will be deploying to Afghanistan in months to come. Thank you, Pastor, for your service to God and country!

CH and Deputy Mike Dye - head of FCPO Conference
Our most sincere congratulations to Chaplain Mike Dye of Volusia County Sheriff's Office for coordinating such an outstanding Event! Behind Mike pictured above is a group of Responders who led excellent Praise and Worship during the Conference. Mike is the author of a "must-read" for every LEO: "The PeaceKeepers - A Bible Study for Law Enforcement Officers". 

Officer Jonathan Parker with Mary and Ed
One of my greatest joys during this Conference was the moment I walked into the Vendor Room on Friday afternoon and there stood long-time partner of Operation Safety 91, Jonathan Parker, an officer with Chattanooga Police Department and Founder of Covered Law Enforcement Jonathan has one of the most compelling testimonies: Meredith Parker Testimony 700 Club. Although Jonathan has been partnering with OS91, distributing Psalm 91 cards and the Psalm 91 books of the 1687 Foundation, we had never met. At this Conference, we not only met him, but had the opportunity to listen to this young Officer and Minister, on fire to reach Responders for Christ.

Another long time Operation Safety 91 partner who attended the Fellowship of Christian Police Officers Conference is Chaplain Ray Fairman What a great reunion! 

MC Williams invites Police to come on Mission trips to Moldova
Ed and I were invited to attend all talks and were inspired listening to MC Williams, FCPO Vice President and Board Member, among several other outstanding talks by current and retired Responders. 

OS91 gave out over 3,000 Psalm 91 cards during this Conference as well as several cases of Psalm 91 books for Military and Toddlers. And... to our great delight, we have been invited back to First Assembly Deland by Pastor Modica to speak to the congregation about OS91's mission and vision. OS91 continues to move forward to reach more Responders with God's supernatural protection: Psalm 91. To date, OS91 has distributed over 350,000 Psalm 91 cards / 375,000 Psalm 91 cards have been made through donations so far. Thank you to our faithful God as well as to our partners! As we say: "Together we can do so much more than separately!"

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