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Dare 2 Share's Response to the Massacre at Virginia Tech

Contact: Wendy Henkelman, Dare 2 Share, 800-462-8355 ext. 221, 303-319-6683 cell, wendy@dare2share.org


DENVER, April 16 /Christian Newswire/ -- This week marks the eighth anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School and we couldn't find a worse way to remember that tragedy than through an even more deadly one. Our hearts break for the friends and families of the victims of the senseless campus violence at Virginia Tech.


Upon hearing the news of another tragic school shooting this morning, Greg Stier, President and Founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries (D2S) painfully recalled:


"Eight years ago this week I was sitting in a youth room with six youth pastors promoting Dare 2 Share Ministries, an organization committed to training and equipping Christian teenagers to know, live, share and own their faith in Jesus. At 11:30 or so the pastor of the church we were at popped in and said, "You guys had better pray. Something bad is going down at Columbine." Over the hours and days to follow all of us discovered the extent of these slayings at the hands of two disillusioned teenagers. Columbine is twenty minutes down the road from Dare 2 Share Ministries."


In response to the shooting today on the campus of Virginia Tech, Dare 2 Share is declaring a message of hope and a reason to value life:


Without God we only have "survival of the fittest." Today, survival of the fittest is those with the biggest guns. But if there is a God then people matter for they were made in his image. If there is a God then there is hope, there is a reason to value life. -- Greg Stier, President and Founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries.


BACKGROUND: D2S is a church assisting ministry that provides resources for youth leaders and equips teens to know, live, share & own their faith in Jesus. D2S also conducts nationwide youth conferences and is currently in 11 cities across the country in the 2006-07 tour. The events are structured for students in junior high and high school, ranging from 12 to 18 years old. Regardless of gender or denomination, D2S teaches from a Christian perspective. D2S is based in Denver, Colorado and has impacted the lives of more than 300,000 teens since 1991.