Dear Friends of In Pursuit Ministries CA:
I often say we help people who are in great despair due to traffic collisions, suicides, homicides and many other situations. Please pray for us as we continue to serve the Lord in this capacity. We love what we do, but without God’s power we would be useless. Here are some examples of what I mean by the statement above.
Back on Father’s Day, we were dispatched by the Pomona Police Department to report to the Pomona Valley Hospital in Pomona to help a family who left their 3 year old in the car seat of their vehicle for several hours. The parents and their other 4 children all went in the house and took a nap and thought she was in the house. When they discovered she was not, they realized they had left her in the car. They went out to the car and found her not breathing, called 911, she was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. This was one of the hardest calls we have had lately. Please pray for this family. Recently we went to see them and shared the gospel and prayed. They are doing well under the circumstances but still have a long way to go. Many of the calls we go out on, we may not have the chance to share the Gospel at the time but when we go back to followup the Lord seems to open the door.
I received a call from the Pomona PD asking me to report to the scene of an accident involving two young men about 18 years old. They had just gotten off work about 4 in the morning and were driving home. The driver was driving at excessive speed, lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree. The vehicle ended up in 3 pieces and they were pronounced dead at the scene. We were dispatched to help the family deal with this. Very difficult one!
On another call, a young lady crossing the street was struck by a SUV and the driver took off. We are not sure, but he may have been driving under the influence of alcohol. Did you know that every 15 minutes someone is killed by a drunk driver? Due to the cameras in another intersection they found the driver 4 hours later. The driver was arrested and placed in our jail. Great job by the Pomona Police Department! There were about 20 family and friends on scene that we were trying to comfort. It was about 2 am before we left. We usually wait until the coroner arrives, and everyone leaves before we leave.
One evening as Jane was riding with an officer, they were dispatched to a traffic collision that was involving a car and a motorcycle. Jane and the officer were the first to arrive on scene. The motorcyclist was killed. The driver of the vehicle was present. Jane was asked to direct traffic as this happened on a busy roadway. She was also asked to place crime scene tape up to keep people back. It was quite an experience that she will never forget. Jane was able to speak with the driver briefly before his family arrived.
One afternoon we were out patrolling in the Citizens Vehicle Patrol car and came across this accident as you can see here. Everyone was okay but a little shook up. We had the opportunity to bring comfort to the family members. Chaplain Tim Sherman from Minnesota was out here visiting and was with me that day. He had the joy of bringing great comfort to a little boy in the vehicle. In fact he went with the EMT’s to the hospital so the little boy could be checked out. He checked out okay. So glad Tim was there to assist me.
Our latest call was 187/homicide! Without going into detail, we did talk with the family of the victim and prayed with them. They were very receptive to our visit and hearing the Gospel.
In September we are hoping to kick off a continuation course for chaplains. We will be using webinar. Chaplains can call in and continue their training over the computer/phone. We will be covering topics like Post Traumatic Stress Injury, (PTSI), How to Give a death Notice, Emotional Survival Among Law Enforcement and many other topics. The class will be 45 minutes and 15 minutes for Q&A, just once a month. We hope to get speakers such as Police Officers and Chaplains to help us with these classes. We plan to conduct the class from September through June. Appreciate your prayers! If you are interested in joining, please give me a call at 714.865.9177 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no cost for these classes!
In June we were invited to speak at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Delano Ca. to share the ministry of In Pursuit Ministries of CA. Had a great time and is a great church. If you are interested in having us come just to share the ministry and how your church can get involved, please give me a call at 714.865.9177 or email me at email@example.com.
A Word about the Military Entrance Processing Station
We are not able to be involved at MEPS like we used to be. We were told that it was a DOD decision not to have anyone with a religious connection there. We still have a good relationship with the 1st Sgt. He called us recently to assist an employee who is in the Army, dealing with the death of her Mother. We have met with her and are trying to set up another visit. Pray we will be able to go back to MEPS and once again minister there on a weekly basis.
Jane & I both received certificates for attending a course entitled “Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support.” This was a 13 hour course on how to deal with people in crisis. Extremely helpful! We also attended a course on “Mental Health and First Aid” This course was 6 hours and was designed to help us better help people who are mentally ill. The course was mandatory for all Pomona Police Department personnel to attend.
Back in May I attended a 3 day course called “Disaster Relief for Chaplains.” This course was designed to train us to help in situations such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires and terrorism. Jane will be taking the same course in September.
This last weekend we attended an orientation on how to effectively help police officers who are suffering from “Post Traumatic Stress Injury”. This is just the beginning of our training. We will keep you updated on our progress. Did you know that law enforcement officers suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Injury?
How thankful we our on June 9th we received a certification of appreciation from the County of LA, Probation Department for our ministry to Pomona Police Department.
One last item I almost forget to mention. On July 9th Jane and I celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary. “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.” Proverbs 18:22. Jane is a tremendous wife and partner in the ministry.
We drive approximately 1500 miles a month just for the ministry. Our 2010 VW Jetta has over 100,000 miles on it. Our need is this! We need tires which cost about $400.00. If you can send us a gift to help pay for the tires, we would appreciate it so much. Just click here to give a donations, thank you! inpursuitca.com/support/
As you have already heard In Pursuit Ministries of CA is 501 (c) 3 non-profit ministry. If you would like to become a member please click on http://inpursuitca.com/membership-letter/
For those who have supported this ministry for many years, once again we want to say thank you!
Sincerely in Christ,
Bob & Jane Keller
PS. I hope you can see by this letter that we are busy in the Lord’s work. I hope you consider supporting this greatly needed ministry! Thank you!
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Last month I attended a training seminar on “Disaster Relief Chaplains.” I took the training so I will be better equipment to help in times of disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and mass shootings. The training was tremendous and from time to time I am going to share some of the important subjects that were covered.
I would like to begin by sharing the “Differences between a Pastor and a Disaster Relief Chaplain”. Over the years I have discovered that some believe that pastors and chaplains are the same or they they don’t know the difference. As you read the information below you will see the difference between the two.
- Ministers to one “set” group of people on a long-term basis.
- Knows the people fairly well or very well.
- Ministers in “ordinary” times.
- Ministers to a group of people who have like or similar religious beliefs.
- Ministers to a group of people who have chosen to be a part of this group.
- Ministers in the context of common cultural identities.
- Given authority by a congregation or ecclesiastical body.
Disaster Relief Chaplain
- Ministers to people they have never met or do not know very well.
- Ministers to victims who do not call them or choose them.
- Ministers to people who are in crisis when they meet.
- Ministers to a wide variety of cultural and ethnic groups of people.
- Ministers to many different religious traditions
- Ministers to people who do not know “what” a disaster relief chaplain is.
- Given authority by an institution or agency to seek an invitation by victims.
This information is taken from the Chaplain Training Manual of the North America Mission Board, SBC
I hope you have found this helpful and have a better idea of what we do from week to week. Thank you!
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Area D meeting had to be cancelled. It will be rescheduled in the next coming months.
There will be an Area D Meeting in Pomona for Chaplains, Law Enforcement & First Responders TBA at the Council Chambers, 505 South Garey. Refreshments will be serve. We have seating enough for 75 people. Please RSVP!
Our speaker will be Chaplain Mike Macintosh who has a deep commitment to the law-enforcement and first-responder communities, Mike serves as a Chaplain for the San Diego Police Department, the Newport Beach Police Department, and the American Red Cross. As a certified trainer through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Mike has facilitated many critical incident stress management debriefings, and has provided training to first responders across the US and in Mexico. Mike also serves as a committee member for the California Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST).
He will speaking primarily on post-9/11 rescue efforts in New York City and the Sandy Hook shooting. He was dispatched to both incidents.
Mike holds Master of Arts, Master of Religion, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Divinity degrees from Azusa Pacific Graduate School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University, and the author of several books, including When Your World Falls Apart, drawn from his experiences as a Chaplain responding to the New York World Trade Center disaster.
On April 9th four Pomona officers receive awards from the California Office of Traffic Safety & MADD for their high number of DUI arrests during 2014. Congratulations to Officers Cesar Rivera, Jason Conley, Chris Lewis and Trevor Stevenson.
Thank you for a job well done!