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September 11, 2001: Where were you on 9/11?

Written by Staff on September 11, 2018 – 8:33 am -



9/11. The day the twin towers fell and our world changed.

I remember that morning. My sisters and ii were walking into Cracker Barrel at the NQC in Louiseville, Kentucky, and wondered why everyone seemed agitated and all the TVs were focused on a city skyline.

We hadn’t had the TV on in our hotel room and didn’t know what was happening. We heard about it all inside  the restaurant and watched the TVs while we tried to eat breakfast…

It was scary and sobering and we felt isolated, since we were from Canada and the borders were closed. We had planned to leave early but ended up staying an extra night as we couldn’t go home.

Rob Patz asks: Are you free?It was a very strange atmosphere. Louisville was so quiet because all the planes were grounded. Traffic was reduced and people seemed to even walk more quietly.

The NQC exhibit hall that night was muffled and all TVs were tuned into the news. We heard many rumors about what was happening. The flights crashing into the Pentagon and in that field in Pennsylvania …everyone was speculating on where the next target was.

We were relieved when we were finally able to go home, but very sad at the events happening to our neighbors to the south. It was like it happened to us.

And it did. Many Canadians were also killed that day.

Whenever it comes around to 9-11 every year, I pray for our countries and for peace.

Where were you on 9/11?

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Burkina Faso attack: Pray for Missionary’s Family

Written by Staff on January 17, 2016 – 10:17 am -

Michael Ridding

Burkina Faso victim: Michael Riddering 

There was another terrorist  attack last night, this time in Burkina Faso.  It this time, al Qeada is claiming responsibilty. Among those killed was Mike Riddering, an American missionary.

We reprint for you excerpts from The Toronto Star:

“Six Canadian aid workers and volunteers from Quebec are among those killed after a prolonged attack by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou.

There were 28 people of 18 nationalities killed and 56 others wounded after a 15-hour siege that ended Saturday night at a hotel popular with international business travellers on the busy Avenue Kwame Nkrumah in the city’s centre, what one Paris-based newspaper dubbed the Champs-Élysées of Ouagadougou.”

CNN reported: “The United States said one American died. ‘We extend our condolences to the family of Michael James Riddering. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time, as they are with all those affected by this brutality,’ State Department spokesman John Kirby said.”

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Fox News stated: “An American missionary and orphanage director was among the dozens killed by Al Qaeda-linked militants in the West African nation of Burkina Faso Friday night.
Mike Riddering was sitting in a cafe frequented by westerners across the street from the Splendid Hotel in the capital city of Ouagadougou when gunmen rolled up and opened fire.   A pastor from nearby Yako who worked with Riddering was able to escape, according to a family friend.
“Every week, Mike would go out and feed the widows in the surrounding villages,” said Brant Brooks, who has known Riddering for three years, in an interview with Fox News.”

Mike Riddering left behind his wife, Amy, and an adopted daughter.  They had been living in Burkina Faso since 2011. They had moved there from their home in southern Florida. Above photo courtesy of Fox News.

Please pray for this Missionary’s family and the family of all those who were killed in this attack.

The world needs our prayers. As Karen Peck and New River would say: Pray Now!

SGNScoops extends sympathy and prayers to all the families of those who were attacked.

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Let’s All Help Drew in his Battle with Leukemia!

Written by Staff on June 7, 2015 – 8:03 am -


  Pray for Drew Bowman

Help Drew Battle Leukemia

SGN Scoops received this note from the mother of Drew Bowman asking for prayer:

Over the past five or six weeks Drew had been looking pale, having daily headaches and running low grade fevers. We had taken him to the doctor multiple times and had treated him for strep, migraines and had gotten him glasses. Nothing was helping. He was continuing to get more and more pale, and having worse headaches.

I made him an appointment for May 19th and insisted she order blood work. We had that done around 2 pm and at 4:30 pm his pediatrician called to tell me he was severely anemic and she would call me as soon as all other lab results were in.

The next morning at 11:45 we got the call that would change our world forever.  Dr. Barnett told us that we needed to have Drew at Texas Children’s hospital asap. I asked why and she said that the type of anemia she was hoping it was, it wasn’t. She called the type he had aplastic anemia. She said to prepare to be there, at a minimum, three days. She then said he would definitely be getting a blood transfusion and bone marrow aspiration. They needed to rule out any type of blood cancer.

The next few day I’m positive God carried us through. By the night of the 20th, we knew he had some form of leukemia. They did many tests including spinal taps and bone marrow biopsy and on the morning of the 22nd, they told us he had ALL Leukemia.

image2We are hoping our SGN Scoops family can be a blessing to The Bowman family. Pray for Drew and all the Bowman today.  Let’s help them battle Drew’s ALL Leukemia.

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