We received sad news today from former FCPO-USA Executive Director Grant Wolf, concerning his wife Ruth. He writes:

"After six trips to the ER, three hospital stays, multiple visits to Ruth's primary care doctor, and three CT scans, the mystery of her pain is solved. It appears that her colon cancer/resectioning of 22 years ago has resurfaced with a vengeance and spread throughout her body, including her bones. The earliest CT (last Sept.) did not show what the latest does, which indicates the cancer is growing rapidly. The oncologist said life expectancy ranges from a few days to a few weeks. In addition the latest tests indicated that several ribs on her right side had been fractured recently, of which we had no previous knowledge.

"After discussion with him and hospital physicians we made the decision to call in Hospice. Since our grandson Jeremy and I have been attending to her needs around-the-clock for several weeks, we've decided to bring her home to be where it's more comfortable for each of us. She still is in a great deal of pain today, but the physicians are adjusting her medications to remove as much of the pain as possible.

"For what is probably her last car ride, our old friend Sheriff Hammond will be bringing her home - a treat she especially enjoys.

"Thank you so much for your prayers, meals, and good wishes. They mean so much to us.

"Ruth and I met 70 years ago at her aunt and uncle's large family restaurant, where I became organist shortly after my 15th birthday. We began dating in the fall of 1950 and married on June 6, 1954. With her passing I lose not only my wife of 65+ years but the living proof of all my activities these past seven decades. During those years we've lived in 10 states, purchased 9 houses, raised two children, and had all the ups and downs expected in a long-lived marriage. I'd hoped we would have another 10 years together, but it appears that will not be the case. One might say we'd had a long run, but it's ending all too soon."

As many of you know, Grant served faithfully as Executive Director of this ministry for many years.

Please pray for God's peace and comfort for Ruth at this time, as well as for Grant, Jeremy, and the rest of the family.

Posted by Steve Rogers | Topic: Prayer Requests

"I saw a joy in her eyes that she hadn't had"

On Saturday, December 14th, FCPO Chapter #231 (Miami-Dade County, FL) hosted its third Prayer With a Cop outreach at the Chick-fil-A restaurant in the city of Doral.

This innovative project has been a huge success, thanks to all the officers and other volunteers who participate and a great response from the community. After ordering their meals, individuals simply pull up, are prayed for by an officer, and are on their way again. Miami Beach Police Sgt. and Chapter Chairman Jorge Alessandri shares more about December's event:

"There were so many beautiful moments, but there is one in particular that I want to share with you. A young man came to eat with his friend, a young woman. He had no idea we would be there, but when he saw us, he brought her over to talk to us. She was very quiet at first, but I was finally able to get her to talk and she shared with me that she had been involved in many religions... Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist and now didn't know if God even existed. I asked her what happened with her Christian faith and she shared with me that essentially, Christians proclaim to love like Christ, but do the opposite. Their actions did not speak love. I told her she was absolutely right. We as Christians have failed her and so many others. But I told her: "Don't be mad at God because we failed you. We are the ones that failed, not God. Jesus loves you."

"I mentioned Psalm 146:3-5 which says,
 "Do not trust in nobles, in a son of man, who cannot save. When his breath leaves him, he returns to the ground; on that day his plans die." I told her to not put her faith in man, but in God. After talking for a while, I asked her if she wanted me to pray for her. I didn't know what she would say, but she looked me right in the eyes and said: "Yes, please." After I prayed over her, she smiled and I saw a joy in her eyes that she hadn't had when we'd begun to talk. 

"Yesterday morning, one of our FCPO brothers who also spoke with her at the event was working an off-duty job at a church. He sends me a picture smiling from ear to ear and it said: "Look who showed up to CF Miami Springs." It was this young lady and her friend. They went to church!!  My heart was so moved.... I wept for a while. 

"This was such a great reminder that what we do and say can take someone to Jesus or away from Him. If you are not sure what to do or say, focus on the "Jesus Bullseye". What is that? Start with His two greatest commandments: 
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself." - Matthew 22:37-39

"May you be a light of love to someone this week."

Posted by Steve Rogers | Topic: Chapter Activities

Since 2015, daily devotionals have been a popular feature of the FCPO-USA website.

Former National President Charles "Chuck"Gilliland 
(pictured) has graciously granted us permission to use material taken from his Through the Eyes of a Cop book series.

This year, in addition to Chuck's writings on the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of John, and the book of Proverbs, we have added excerpts from his more recent books on the Psalms and the book of Romans.

We have also changed the format a bit, as we now explore verses from a different book of the Bible each day rather than going through an entire book at a time. This allows us to feature material from all of Chuck's published works on a rotating basis throughout the year.

Thank you, Chuck, for allowing FCPO to use your writings to bless and encourage men and women in law enforcement across the nation!

For more information about and to order any or all of the books in the Through the Eyes of a Cop series, visit Chuck's Amazon page or xulonpress.com.

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