Daily Archives: April 16, 2013

Track and field ministry reacts to bombings at Boston Marathon

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By Tonya Andris
Inside The Pew

The April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon has caused great concern within the track and field community.

Steve McConkey, president of 4WINDS, a track and field ministry that works with athletes worldwide, said the attack will change how road races will be conducted in the United States.

“You will see Olympic type security at all events, including more track and field meets. Sad day for the running community in the USA.

“We need to pray for those injured and for the families of those who died at Boston. Pray the authorities would find who is responsible.”

On Tuesday, federal agents continued their investigation for possible clues to the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injured 170. Authorities have asked the public to help by submitting video clips or other evidence that could lead to answers. Two bombs exploded within seconds of one another at the finish line of the storied race.

McConkey said he was 100 meters from where the bomb went off during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. Steve was with his wife, Liz, their son, and a family friend.

After the Atlanta bomb, McConkey said members of his family were interviewed by the FBI because they saw a person with a large Army bag going in the direction of where the bomb eventually went off in Atlanta. In Atlanta, they saw people being pushed back or more people would have died. They were close enough to feel the wind from the bomb.

The McConkeys have been involved in world-class track and field ministries since 1981, spanning eight Olympics. Their ministry is based in Madison, Wis.

Read more about this ministry and keep up with the latest news from in track and field at http://www.trackandfieldreport.com.

Snyder: Facing our fears with faith

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By John Snyder
Special to Inside The Pew

The horrifying bombing in Boston on April 15 brings to our minds the tragedy of September 11. None of us have forgotten that day. Nor have those who lost their loved onebostonwebs and friends. These hideous acts are designed to strike fear in our hearts and cripple our strength.

As Christians, we’re just as likely to become fearful as the next person. We can permit this use of violence and intimidation to completely overwhelm us, or we can say with the Psalmist:

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
-Psalm 46:1-3

God has called us to be his people of strength and courage. Our lives are in his hands. When these situations fill us with fear, let’s remember that God is by our side—we have nothing to be afraid of. Let this thought empower us to walk boldly and encourage our families, neighbors, and friends. Read through the Scriptures, sing songs of God’s power and deliverance. Praise him for his might and mercy. Let us be the pillars that people lean on during these, and other, fear-filled times.

John I. Snyder, a pastor and speaker, is the author of “Your 100 Day Prayer.” Connect with Snyder at at http://your100dayprayer.com or