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faith Under Fire
Faith Under Fire

2003-14
1 X 60 min.
In High Definition

 




Faith Under Fire "This is a remarkable story which shows that a person with faith can overcome overwhelming sorrows."

Synopsis: Faith Under Fire is the story of a community's struggle with betrayal, the shock to their faith, and the death of loved ones after a former schoolteacher opens fire during a church service on a Sunday morning in the East Texas town of Daingerfield in the summer of 1980. Armed with two assault rifles, two pistols, and 350 rounds of ammunition, the assailant kills five and injures ten more before four valiant men race into the face of gunfire, saving the lives of hundreds of people. Thirty years after that tragic day, survivors share their journey to live with trauma that few experience. A pastor, who is also the father of a seven year old girl slain in this attack, reveals publicly for the first time his shocking plans to murder the gunman during court proceedings. The anger, rage and guilt he carries for thirty years cost him nearly everything. Young adults, who were children at the time, painfully relive their nightmares, the fear of going out in public, and the struggle with forgiveness they have endured for three decades. One man that is now 42, describes his life's journey after losing his faith as a child.

In a revealing interview with the murderer's detached and aloof wife, she describes the morning of the shooting when her husband loaded weapons into his car. Their daughter reveals the painful reason this attack took place and why she has carried guilt for thirty years.

In an unforgettable encounter, the killer's daughter meets the mother of the murdered child for the first time. It is a moment filled with anguish and compassion rarely seen. It is a true picture of the healing power of forgiveness.

It's been over thirty years since this public shooting but the pain and memories for those affected that day are still very real. These survivors witnessed and endured what too many are having to deal with today as this violence continues in our churches, schools, shopping malls, movie theatres - basically everywhere. They have not only survived but have learned to walk with courage and faith.

Since this shooting took place, there have been over 650 deadly force incidents on faith-based properties resulting in over 430 deaths. 74 fell victim in 2012 alone. Sometimes it takes a generation to pass before we can look back and learn from these traumatic events and that time has come for Daingerfield, Texas. They have something to teach us.


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