Teenager Saves Abducted Girl


We have seen this scenario too many times.  A child is suddenly missing and the neighborhood mobilizes to search for the child.  But this time there is a happy ending.

Five year old Jocelyn Rojas went missing from her Lancaster, Pennsylvania apartment.  Her frantic Mom called the police.  Police, Firemen and neighbors flooded the streets within minutes.

Temar Boggs (15) was hanging out in his apartment when his friend came by to say there were a “bunch of cops” outside.  Temar and his friend, Chris Garcia (15) joined the search on foot.  Temar noticed a car going in and out of the cul-de-sacs of his neighbor and thought that was suspicious.  The boys then got on their bikes to get a closer look at the car.  Temar recognized the missing little girl in the car and they gave chase on their bikes.  The driver was lost and looking for a way out of the neighborhood.  After about 15 minutes the car stopped and little Jocelyn was released.

She ran to Temar saying she wanted to go to her Mommy.  Temar hoisted her up on his shoulders and rode his bike back.  After a little way he thought that being on the bike was dangerous to her so he got off and carried her the rest of the way to the police who were still in the street canvassing for witnesses.

Jocelyn was reunited with her Mommy within two and a half hours of being lured into a stranger’s car with the promise of ice cream.  The suspect, a white male, 50-70 years old “with a limp” is still at large.  “I believe it took courage for them to follow the car,” said Manheim-Lancaster Township Police Chief Neil Harkins, referring to the teenage boys.

A grateful Mom thanks Temar Boggs for rescueing her child.


God’s Hand was There at Sandy Hook Elementary

Even in the face of unspeakable horror, God’s Hand is there to grant Mercy and Refuge.  As time passes, stories are coming to light.  Stories of how the staff rose to heroically save lives.

Shots rang out at 9:30am when Principal Dawn Hochsprung , school psychologist  Mary Sherlach and the school’s vice principal ran to the sound of the guns.  As she confronted the maniac her words were heard over the school intercom which had been switched on by persons unknown at this time. Their heroic act alerted the staff and gave them time to protect the children. Dawn and Mary  were then shot to death. The vice principal [name withheld] was wounded in the foot but managed to crawl to safety.

Victoria Soto had enough time to hide her first graders in a classroom closet before the killer entered the room. When he asked where the children were, Soto said “They are not here, they went to the gym.”  She was then executed but her children were safe. The killer moved on.

Victoria Soto

Staff in the gym shepherded children into an office and locked the door. When the madman got to the gym he found it empty.

Kaitlin Roig hid with her 15 first graders in a tiny bathroom.  “I said to them, ‘I need you to know that I love you all very much and that it’s going to be OK,’ because I thought that was the last thing they were ever going to hear”.  She told them,”‘There are bad guys out there now. We need to wait for the good guys,”   They were in the closet for an hour when the police finally knocked on the door, Roig made them shove the badges under the door.  Even then she said that if they were really the police they would have a key to unlock the door.  Which the cops then went to get and unlock the door.

A custodian ran through the halls yelling,” Guys! Get down! Hide!'”.   Mary Ann Jacobs, who worked as a clerk in the school library moved 18 children into an office but when the door couldn’t be locked had them low crawl to a closet.  Finding crayons and paper there, the children were put to work coloring to keep them quiet. She also didn’t open the door until a police badge was shoved under the door.

Second grade teacher Abbey Clements realized she was hearing gunshots on the intercom. With bullets flying in the hallway she opened her door and snatched a couple of students to the safety of a locked closet in her classroom.

Robert Licata said his 6-year-old son was in class when the gunman burst in and shot the teacher. “That’s when my son grabbed a bunch of his friends and ran out the door,” he said. “He was very brave. He waited for his friends.”  A group of older children found themselves without a teacher when the shooting started.  They organized their own escape to safety.

At 9:38am the murderer shot himself in the head and it was over.

Eight minutes that shattered so many lives. We mourn for those who were murdered.  We pray knowing that Jesus has embraced 20 beautiful little souls and their teachers gave their full measure of sacrifice to fight the Evil that invaded their school.  We give thanks to God’s Mercy and Blessings for those who were spared.  Truly the Holy Spirit swept through Sandy Hook Elementary  and girded ordinary people with heroic courage.