Friday, April 03, 2009

Prayers for the Binghamton area

Most likely you have all seen or heard the news about the shooting in the American Civic Center in downtown Binghamton. The location is a little less than 3 miles from the campus of Davis. In fact several of the TESL students work there on Wednesdays. A few hours after the events began unfolding Dr. Pedrone sent out an email. Below is the text of the email.

Dear Friends,
Today tragedy struck the American Civic Center on Front Street in Binghamton, New York when a gunman took the lives of innocent people, and ultimately lost his own life. We have received many phone calls and emails from friends wanting to know if our campus is safe. Yes. We praise God that none of our students, faculty or staff were at the location.This is indeed the grace of God -- on Wednesdays, our Teaching English as a Second Language students are at this very location helping to teach English to people who are new to our country. It is a place where our students use the skills they learn in the classroom at Davis College, while helping people.
Today, Friday, our ladies were on campus for a conference and the men were involved in a campus work-day. After checking with (TESL) Professor Bonnie Novak, we are relieved to report that none of our students were scheduled to work at the Civic Center today. At the same time, our hearts are heavy and our thoughts and prayers are with those directly affected by this horrific event. Earlier today our TESL students gathered with Professor Novak in the Cafe and had prayer for those involved before they knew all that was happening. Our campus will continue to be in prayer to support all of those affected.
Sincerely in Christ,
Dr. Dino Pedrone

Keep the Binghamton area in your prayer as it goes through this hard time. Pray that God will open doors and that His loves and love of His Son Jesus Christ that we celebrate this weekend and next will bring more people to Himself.

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