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The New Norm

The Las Vegas shooting has left many people dead and an unknown number of wounded people across the country, and dare I say, across the world? Friends and family have been touched by the news of loved ones who where there, who now are living in fear as the reality that no place is safe from the potential of danger and violence. The days of consistency and peace seem to be distant memories in a world where we are being assaulted by terrorists of our own making here in the USA. I recently saw that America is experiencing 20 unprovoked gun assaults every year. So, I wanted to inform you that Encouragers is here to help.

If you or a loved one needs counseling, the California Victims Compensation Board (CalVCB) is paying for counseling services and even for income loss, funeral and burial expenses, home and vehicle modifications, home security, relocation, and much more. You can learn more at their website:

Additionally, because this is "The New Norm," I have uploaded a video to our Encouragers Facebook page which was developed by Los Angeles County Sheriff Department to help individuals prepare for the unexpected. I believe the information is very valuable and we need to begin to train ourselves to be prepared because it can take several minutes for any help to come to your aid.

I get angry when politicians take these sad situations and turn them into a format to talk about "gun control." The real problem is with the lack of mental health services and the focus of gun control does nothing to address this. Homelessness is up 400% over the past 2 years and is increasing. The majority of those people have mental illness problems and many are using drugs and alcohol to self-medicate, which only worsens the issues they have. Veterans who are homeless and suffer mental scars experienced in war zones live in dimensions created in their own minds through the results of Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD). These people are being overlooked, underserved, and forgotten about until something like this happens.

Please pray for the families and friends of those involved in the Las Vegas shooting, but remember to pray for yourself and your family as well.

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,

neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,

39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39


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