Terrorist Survivor of Midair Explosion of TWA Flight 840 Marks 31st Anniversary during upcoming visit to Southern California
Jeanette Chaffee will bring with her a powerful message of hope
By Dan Wooding, Special to ASSIST News Service
LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS – March 18, 2017) – Jeanette Chaffee survived the TWA Flight 840 midair explosion of a terrorist bomb less than fourteen feet from her. It is the only time in history passengers have survived after a bomb exploded aboard a commercial plane in the air.
She has appeared on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, 20/20, The 700 Club, and multiple other television and radio shows. Jeanette was quoted in Newsweek, The New York Times, and USA Today. She also hosted and produced Reflections, a fifteen-minute weekly radio show that aired in cities from South Carolina to the Arctic Circle.
Recognized as a gifted communicator, Jeanette changes lives by offering God’s hope to audiences going through their most difficult personal challenges. As an international speaker and author, she regularly speaks at church and community events, retreats, schools, and women’s groups. She has written diverse national magazine articles and has been a published author for over fifty years.
Jeanette will mark the 31st anniversary of the terrorist attack with appearances at a wide range of events in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas of California. She will share her harrowing experience on TWA Flight 840 and sign copies of her book, Extravagant Graces: 23 Inspiring stories of Facing Impossible Odds, which highlights through exclusive interviews the most difficult challenges faced by such high-profile Christians as Shirley Dobson, Anne Graham Lotz, Don Richardson, Elisabeth Elliot, the Happy Days singers, and Stephen Arterburn. Jeanette inspires readers to trust in God during tough times by sharing these true stories of world-renowned musicians, missionaries, athletes, and speakers who survived the most distressing personal trials – and sometimes tragedies – in their lives with help from the Lord.
Public events include author talks and book signings in five Barnes & Noble Bookstores. They are as follows: Sunday, April 2, Glendora noon-3:00 pm. Author talk at 1:00 p.m.; Monday, Rancho Cucamonga 12:30-3:15 pm, Tuesday, April 4, San Diego (Kearney Mesa) 2:00-5:00 pm. Author talk 3:00 pm; Thursday, April 6, Irvine 11:45- 2:15 pm., Friday, April 7, Aliso Viejo 10:00-12:30 pm.
During her visit, I will be recording an interview with Jeanette for my Front Page Radio show which will be run shortly afterwards on KWVE (107.9 FM) (www.kwve.com), and on their network of stations in California, and Nevada, including Las Vegas, and is also on many other stations in the US. She will also be interviewed for the Orange County Register newspaper. Chaffee will privately meet with San Diego Police Field Lieutenant Charles Lara who runs the critical incident department. They will discuss terrorism and Jeanette will offer her availability to Lt. Lara for consulting or any other assistance as needed. She also plans to visit several regional libraries, meet staff members, and donate autographed copies of Extravagant Graces to their libraries.
In April of 2015, Jeanette flew to Tampa, Fla, to be interviewed by host Arthelene Rippy on the internationally televised Homekeepers show, viewed by 60 million people on the Christian Television Network. She was also a guest in August on Club 36, a global program on Watchmen Broadcasting. Additionally, in September, a film crew from the Christian Broadcasting Network came to Oregon to not only interview Jeanette but also to stage a re-enactment of the airplane bombing of Chaffee’s own story, “Terror in the Sky” which aired on the international TV program Turning Point in May 2016. It can be seen on demand at http://turningpointzone.com/jeanette-chaffee-terror-in-the-sky/. Jeanette also met with Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden to discuss terrorism and volunteered her services in the community should the need arise.
In October, she spent time with people in Roseburg, Oregon after the shooting massacre at Umpqua Community College. Her article, “God is Present in the Aftermath of Roseburg Shooting,” can be read on the ASSIST News Service. http://assistnews.net/index.php/component/k2/item/1092-god-is-present-in-the-aftermath-of-roseburg-shooting?highlight=WyJyb3NlYnVyZyIsInJvc2VidXJnJ3MiLCJvcmVnb24iLCJyb3NlYnVyZyBvcmVnb24iXQ==. Then in September 2016, Jeanette traveled to Toronto, Ont., Canada, where she appeared on the popular telecast 100 Huntley Street television show. Crossroads Christian Communications produces the daily program.
A highlight for her was meeting with Crossroads CEO, Lorna Dueck. Jeanette remarked, “I couldn’t believe she took the time to pray with me.” Find it on demand at tinyurl.com/zcjx2kk.
Focus on the Family president Jim Daly, World Vision U.S. president Richard Stearns, Pat Boone, Cliff Barrows and NFL coach Les Steckel have all endorsed Jeanette and her book.
Learn more at JeanetteChaffee.com. To have Jeanette speak at your service or event, please contact her at 503.612.9407.
Photo captions: 1) Jeanette Chaffee. 2) The terrorist bomb damage to TWA 840. Jeanette was in the far right row, shown. 3) Jeanette’s book, Extravagant Graces: 23 Inspiring Stories of Facing Impossible Odds. 4) Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden with Jeanette. 5.) Christians were executed by a terrorist at Umpqua Community College. 6.) Host Moira Brown interviewed Jeanette on 100 Huntley Street. 7) Jeanette with Crossroads CEO, Lorna Dueck. 8) Dan Wooding with Jeanette Chaffee at the studios of KWVE after a previous interview.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 76, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for nearly 54 years. Dan is the founder and president of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts a weekly radio show and two TV programs, all based in Southern California. They have two sons, Andrew and Pater, and six grandchildren, who all live in the UK. Dan is the author of 45 books.
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