(THE jOHN sINGER sTORY)
This is Our testimony of Divine Protection as promised in Psalms 91 He shall give His angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways. The 700 club and also Montel Williams Show did Our Story...
In the end, God took this evil deed and turned it into good. It was kind of like a modern day Lion's den to which many souls were saved. After it all, God Blessed us in ways we could never have imagined. Thank You LORD!
It was a quiet Monday morning in Peekskill, N.Y., and the first day after Christmas vacation. Three of the John and Glenys Singer's five children had left for school.
"I was actually downstairs, happy to be in my basement reading my Bible," recalls John. "My wife was settling upstairs getting her life in order, without the commotion of the five kids in the house.
"I heard the shots going off and I felt as if my whole life was over. I didnít know what to do. I was still in... youíre in shock really. You really donít know what to do.
"I went upstairs to investigate and I saw the look on my wifeís face. She was puzzled. She thought something in the basement had exploded. We both looked at each other, and in a moment, [our neighbor] Colleen limped through the front door asking for help. She asked us to call 911."
Colleen, the Singer's neighbor, had just been shot -- by her husband!
911 - "I didnít know where my children were, but my wife went to the back room with Colleen to console her," says John. "I went down to the basement because it was the closest phone. I made the call to the police. Seconds later I heard [more] shots going off upstairs." Those shots, John would soon learn, came from Colleenís husband, who had followed her into the Singer's home. At close range, Colleen's husband shot her three more times.
"I heard the commotion and the bang of the shot[s]. I had no idea what was going on up there," John recalls.
John ran outside to meet the police. As he did, he saw his wife come to the window.
"I just wanted her out of there. I told her to just jump," says John. "She jumped down."
What John didnít realize was that his wife, in haste, had hidden the children in a nearby closet, a closet that was now blocked by Colleenís limp body.
"My wife could not get the children. They were really locked in that closet. There was no way out of that room for my wife.
"Now Iím thinking, 'Letís go in. Letís go get my children.' They [the police] wouldnít let us go in. They held us back. They told my wife and I to get down. I think they were pretty scared, too. This was just a small town," says John.
John and Glenys say they felt helpless. They had no way of getting into the home where their two young children were trapped.
Miraculously, Colleen somehow managed to stumble out of the same window from which Glenys had jumped.
At that moment John realized his children were now alone in the house with the gunman. John cried out in desperation to God. After what felt like an eternity, John's two youngest children suddenly appeared on the front porch! John and a policeman got close enough to grab the children and pull them to safety.
Wondering if the ordeal was finally at an end, John turned to hear another neighbor say, "John I donít know if I should tell you this, but the house is on fire."
The Singers watched as their home burned to the ground. The disturbed husband had set fire to the kitchen, killing himself in the process. The fire destroyed the home so completely that the Singers lost almost all of their personal belongings.
A Living Faith
Imagine losing your home and all you belongings because of one manís violence.
When the Singers found out that their neighborís family was having financial trouble working out the funeral arrangements for the man who had burned down his house, John and Glenys decided to volunteer their own church for the funeral service! And their kindness went a step further. When no one could be found to preach the service, John Singer volunteered to speak at the gunmanís funeral. The media and the public were dumbfounded.
"Weíll do it. Weíll take care of the funeral service here," explained John. "It was no problem to us. He was a man that had problems in terms of pressures, a real devil that was after him, and he cracked under the pressure. I understood that. I understand who we are up against in this world."
Angel in the Closet?
Looking back at that tragic day, John and Glenys feel God miraculously protected Colleen and their children. "We were going over the devotions the other day and my wife was showing Sarah and Kristen about angels, when Sarah pointed to an angel and said, ĎMom that was the angel that was with us in the closet,í" says John.
The detectives asked the two girls if they had seen the gunmanís face. Sarah said she saw his face but didnít look at the gun. The Singers knew that an angel was keeping the girls from seeing anything that might make them afraid.
Later, their 4-year-old told Glenys that the gunman spoke directly to the children, trying to calm them down. The 4-year-old whispered, "Mom, you know I wasnít afraid of the man. He just said, 'Donít be afraid of me. Mom and dad are outside; you may go.'"
Many wondered how Colleen made it out of the house after receiving multiple gunshot wounds. Her testimony in the hospital was this: "I felt so safe in your house and I just kept feeling something lifting me."
"We believe that angels were operating that day and seeing us through and getting Colleen out of there," says Glenys. "I still donít know how she had the strength to get out."
And as for the gunman, John and Glenys have prayed that somehow he made a last minute decision to repent for his sins and surrender his life to Jesus Christ.
The Singer's home had been filled with Christian artwork and Scripture verses.
"We pray that somewhere, somehow he got a glimpse of the Word, or some picture on the wall. We pray that he asked the Lord to come into his heart. We pray that he did," say the Singers.
Because of the media coverage, people from all over the community mobilized to help the Singers rebuild their lives. Thousands of dollars in donations poured in. Clothing and household items literally came by the truckload.
"The clothes -- they had three, four, five women everyday sifting through them," says Glenys. "They were in tears, some of them, from watching Godís provision with trucks backing up".
John and Glenys are starting over in Cape May, N.J. They are amazed at the unbelievable way God has provided for them.
"I just thank God for who He is," says John. "He has bestowed wonderful blessings upon us and we look to do whatever service for Him. We are stunned by the way in which He has turned around and undeservingly blessed us. We donít deserve this."
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