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September 25, 2019 Newsletter

September 25, 2019 Newsletter


Posted By on Nov 25, 2019

Dear Friends,

Point 27 is an all-volunteer organization.  There are no salaries or compensation for Board Members or Volunteers.  In 2018, 95.2% of every dollar was used to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their family members with God’s Word.  We bring hope, truth, and strength to Americans who risk their lives for the freedom and security of 330 million US citizens. Together they fight external and internal threats to American citizens; to include hostile governments, terrorists, and criminals.  There are approximately 2.5 million Americans serving in uniform. That is less than 3/4 of 1% of the American population providing freedom and security for all Americans. Point 27’s mission is to strengthen each of these patriots and point them toward a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Point 27 is growing currently we have 23 volunteers in 19 states who serve as OutReach Coordinators.  The role of the OutReach Coordinator is to coordinate with the police, sheriff, and fire departments within their geographical area.  They identify the number of people in the departments and communicate the requirement to me. Using this information, I write a letter to the Chief or Sheriff expressing our gratitude for their service and sacrifice and to explain our mission and goals.  Then, I send the Dog Tags and the letter to the OutReach Coordinator who in turn presents the letter and Dog Tags to that department. Here are a couple of our OutReach Coordinators in action.

Marcia Johnston, Florida OutReach Coordinator, 2nd from right, presenting Thin Blue Line Dog Tags to the Putnam County, FL Sheriff’s Department. The Dog Tags are engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God.”  Marcia’s son was an officer killed in the Line of Duty. She honors her son’s service and sacrifice by sharing God’s Word with Florida Law Enforcement Officers. She joined Point 27 in June and has already outfitted six departments. Marcia is a force to be reckoned with and it is an honor to serve Christ alongside her.  

Rob Miner, Virginia OutReach Coordinator and Gold Star father, is on the right.  On the top left is West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin with Gold Star women at the 5th Annual Ride for The Fallen, and the Special Forces Association Convention in Charleston, WV. Rob presented each Gold Star family member with a Folded Flag Necklace engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend,” and to each Veteran a Dog Tag engraved with “I will be strong and courageous, I will not be terrified or discouraged, because the Lord my God is with me wherever I go.”  Rob’s son, Robby, was killed while serving in the US Navy. Rob joined Point 27 in July, hit the ground running, and is making an eternal difference in the lives of Virginia based Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Law Enforcement Officers, and Firefighters.  

If you are interested in becoming an outreach coordinator or volunteering in any capacity, call, text, or email me.  It will be my honor to serve with you.

Thank you for your prayers, time, and treasure.  Your gifts are pointing people to Christ and changing lives.  The power of God’s Word on a simple piece of metal is truly amazing.  That one verse causes a hunger for truth, which ultimately leads people into a relationship with Jesus.  Thank you for partnering with Point 27; we cannot do the mission without you.

 

Sincerely,

David Dodd

Colonel US Army Retired

Director, Point 27

David@Point27.org

 

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July 22, 2019 Newsletter

July 22, 2019 Newsletter


Posted By on Jul 25, 2019

July 22, 2019

Dear Friends,

June was a deadly month for law enforcement officers with 14 officers killed in the line of duty. We shared God’s Word with the family members of these officers, and with officers serving in each of these law enforcement departments.  The Bible says, “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.”  As these family members and fellow officers and deputies grieve, nothing comforts more than God’s Word.  His love, and mercy strengthen and encourage the brokenhearted.

Your generous gifts provide Shields of Strength Folded Flag Necklaces engraved with, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” to each family member and Dog Tags engraved with “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” to fellow officers of the fallen.  These keepsake necklaces are physical reminders of God’s love and they represent our deepest gratitude for the Fallen Officers’ sacrifice and our commitment to never forget.

Also, this summer, Point 27 has partnered with three groups to share God’s Word and to present these necklaces and dog tags to many who have been affected.  In our continued work with The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) we shared God’s Word with 400 family members of Fallen Soldiers who gathered at an event to honor their Soldier and to continue their healing process.  Each female survivor received an Angel Wing Necklace engraved with, “He shall command His angels to protect you,” and the men received a Folded Flag Necklace engraved with John 15:13.

Next, we partnered with Sacred Mountain Retreat Center in South Dakota to provide 90 veterans, who are healing from post-traumatic stress, with God’s Word.  The staff shared with us that “the veterans were truly inspired by Joshua 1:9, ‘I will be strong and courageous, I will not be terrified or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go’ engraved on the Shields of Strength Dog Tags.”  God’s Word is powerful.  

Finally, partnering again with Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), 400 surviving children of Fallen Police Officers were given Thin Blue Line Dog Tags engraved with Matthew 5:9.  Pointing these children to their Heavenly Father is the single most valuable thing anyone can do for them. In the absence of their earthly father, they are more vulnerable to bad influences within society.  The Thin Blue Line Dog Tag honors their earthly father and strengthens their relationship with God the Father.

In the month of June, we shared God’s Word with 2,797 people.  Your support funds this mission. Thank you for partnering with us as we strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, Veterans and their family members with God’s Word.

Sincerely,

David Dodd

Colonel US Army Retired

Director, Point 27

David@Point27.org

 

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June 11, 2019 Newsletter

June 11, 2019 Newsletter


Posted By on Jun 11, 2019

June 11, 2019

In May, we honored over 7,000 family members of the fallen through four different outreaches.  These outreaches included honoring families at large events with necklaces, mourning with families with recent loses and ministering to many listeners over the radio.

National Police Week marks an annual observance that pays tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled in the line of duty.  Survivors of Fallen Officers gather in Washington D.C. for memorial events honoring their officer.  Point 27 partnered with Concern of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and gave Thin Blue Line Angel Wing necklaces engraved with Psalm 91:11 to female survivors and Thin Blue Line Cross necklaces engraved with Proverbs 30:5 for male survivors, 4,500 necklaces were given to these family members of Fallen Law Enforcement Officers. President Trump spoke to these family members on the lawn of the Capitol.  His words were powerful, respectful tributes that honored each officer, and were very much appreciated by these grieving family members.  U. S. Attorney General William Barr spoke to the families during a candlelight vigil on the Mall between the Capitol and the Washington Monument.  The families and law enforcement officers in attendance were very moved by his heartfelt and timely remarks.

On Memorial Day, Point 27 partnered with The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to honor family members of Fallen Soldiers.  We gave Angel Wing Necklaces engraved with Psalm 91:11 to female survivors and Folded Flag Necklaces engraved with John 15:13 to male survivors.  In total we gave 2,500 Necklaces to Family Members of Fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen. Vice President Pence addressed these family members in Arlington National Cemetery.  He honored their unimaginable sacrifice and he honored their Fallen Soldiers. His Words were comforting during the time he spoke. However, God’s Word on stainless steel necklaces stands eternal and will strengthen forever.

For our third outreach, I was interviewed on the nationally syndicated Moody Broadcast radio talk show,   In The Market with Janet Parshall.  We discussed Point 27’s mission and the power of God’s Word to strengthen and encourage Soldiers, Police Officers, and their family members. You can find the show at www.moodyradio.org/in-the-market-with-janet-parshall , simply look under Past Programs and choose May 21st Hour 2: News and ViewsPlease take a few moments to listen to this broadcast.

Sadly, May was a deadly month for law enforcement officers across the United States with ten officers losing their lives in the line of duty in North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico.  Point 27 gave each family member of these Fallen Officers a Folded Flag Necklace and gave Thin Blue Line Dog Tags to their fellow officers.

Please know that your generous support provides hope and encouragement to these military members, police officers and family members of the fallen, who have sacrificed dearly for the freedom we enjoy.  The feedback we are receiving is overwhelmingly positive and powerful.  God’s Word on simple pieces of metal are changing lives. You are making an eternal difference in the lives of tens of thousands of people. Thank you for giving from your hard-earned resources.

Sincerely,

David Dodd

Colonel US Army Retired

Director, Point 27

David@Point27.org

 

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May 19, 2019 Newsletter

May 19, 2019 Newsletter


Posted By on May 19, 2019

May 19, 2019

April was a dynamic month for Point 27, including these POINTS OF OUTREACH:

 

  • 1,000 Thin Red and Thin Blue Line dog tags to First Responders at FITCON, Salt Lake City.  Point 27 presented Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line dog tags to the Salt Lake City Police and Fire Departments, respectively, during the opening ceremony of the FITCON Sports Festival.  A total of 1,000 First Responders received God’s Word.
  • 2,200 Thin Blue Line tags were distributed among four metropolitan Kansas City Police Departments at the Christian Protectors Conference, in Kansas City, Missouri.  Strategos International, a Point 27 corporate sponsor, invited me to speak at the Christian Protectors Conference that they hosted in Kansas City. I shared my testimony, Point 27’s mission, and then I presented the 2,200 Thin Blue Line dog tags to four Kansas City Metropolitan area police departments.
  • Strategos also gave a generous donation and collected a substantial tithe for Point 27.  These financial gifts helped support the Kansas City outreach. God blessed abundantly.
  • A testimony of a given dog tag helping bring a discouraged military veteran to Christ in Kansas City.  God’s Word engraved on a simple piece of metal is powerful and life changing. Here is an email I received following the event in Kansas City.  This is why I give Shields of Strength dog tags to members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their family.

 

Col Dodd – I wanted to share a quick story with you that your dog tags, which you gave us are already yielding Godly Kingdom fruit! My son, Kyle, who you met you there at the conference had a couple of dog tags and when he sat down at the bar to eat dinner at a restaurant last night he overheard a gentleman in his mid-30’s that was seated close to him talking on the phone 

… Kyle knew based on the conversation that the man was either current or former military. In the conversation on the phone the gentleman seemed upset and depressed. When he got off the phone my son went up to him and asked him if he was former military. He then responded with, ‘Why do you ask?’ My son said, ‘Well, I work for a company that works with law enforcement and military and we just had a Christian Protectors Conference. Col. Dodd of Point 27 and General Boykin were there.’

My son told him, ‘If you would allow me, I would like to give you this dog tag.’ He gave it to the man and the person read it and told him to ‘Sit down and tell him more.’  

The man had heard of you and knew who Gen. Boykin was. To make a long story short, he was going through some tough times ‘trying to fit into society’ since he left the military. 

Before the 20-minute conversation ended, God used Kyle to lead this gentleman to Christ and he got his phone number so that the man can come to our office and meet the team. 

Amazing how God used your dog tag to not only lead a protector to Christ but also to provide an opportunity to get to know him better going forward. Praise God! 

-Vaughn Baker, Founding Partner and President of Strategos International

  • Also, while in Kansas I gave 1,000 custom 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) dog tags to Division Command Sergeant Major (CSM) (Kansas City) for his soldiers preparing for deployment.  CSM Bishop is a decorated US Army Ranger and served with Captain Russell Rippetoe.

CPT Rippetoe was the first Soldier killed in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and interred in Arlington National Cemetery.  Russell was wearing a Shields of Strength dog tag engraved with Joshua 1:9 when he was killed by an improvised explosive device.  President George W. Bush spoke of CPT Rippetoe’s courage and faith during his 2003 Memorial Day address.  CPT Rippetoe’s government identification tags with his Shields of Strength dog tag is on display in the Smithsonian Museum.  God’s Word is viewed by hundreds of thousands of people visiting America’s famed museum in our nation’s capital.

Thank you for making May even more dynamic, including these POWERFUL OUTREACHES:

 

  • During National Police Week in Washington D.C. I am speaking at an event for surviving family members of Fallen Officers and I am presenting 4,000 necklaces engraved with scripture to them. 
  • For a National Memorial Day event, also in Washington D.C., we are giving scripture engraved necklaces to 2,500 family members of Fallen Soldiers.

 

  • Also, during Memorial Day ceremonies, I will visit Fort Bragg and give 1,000 custom 82nd Airborne Division Dog Tags for Paratroopers preparing to deploy, and Folded Flag Necklaces for Gold Star Families being recognized by United States Special Operations Command and the 82nd Airborne Division.

Know that your generous support provides hope and encouragement to these military police officers, and family members of the fallen, who have sacrificed dearly for the freedom we enjoy.  I continue to hear from soldiers, first responders and family members of the fallen expressing their appreciation.

Enclosed are two information cards.  Please share a card with someone who would like an opportunity to partner with Point 27.  Collectively, we continue to make an eternal difference.

Sincerely,

David Dodd

Colonel US Army Retired

Director, Point 27

David@Point27.org

 

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