Saturday, March 18, 2017

Terrorist Survivor of Midair Explosion of TWA Flight 840 Marks 31st Anniversary during upcoming visit to Southern California

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
Jeanett Chaffee relaxingLOS 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.
Bomb blast damage in TWA plane smallerRecognized 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.
Chafee book coverPublic 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) (, 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.
Jeanette with MayorIn 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 Jeanette also met with Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden to discuss terrorism and volunteered her services in the community should the need arise.
Christians killed at Roseburg collegeIn 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. 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.
Jeanette on 100 Huntley Street useA 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
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.
Lorna with JeanetteLearn more at 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.
Dan with Jeanette Chaffee at KWVEAbout 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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She hid Jews in WWII, became a Nazi’s sex slave after she was discovered

She hid Jews in WWII, became a Nazi’s sex slave after she was discovered

By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
Irene who helped JewsPOLAND (ANS - March 18, 2017) -- She was only a teenager when Hitler’s Panzer divisions overran her beloved Poland, separating the young nursing student from her family, and launching her on a mission a Catholic girl with Aryan features might never have imagined -- rescuing Jews from certain death.
“God blessed my hands to save many lives,” said Irene Gut Opdyke, shortly before her passing in 2003. Opdyke was honored by the Israeli Holocaust Commission in 1982 as one of the “Righteous Among the Nations,” a title given to non-Jews who risked their lives by aiding and saving Jews during the Holocaust.
Opdyke wrote a book about her ordeal, “In My Hands” (Random House), a riveting tale of heroism and survival under perilous conditions.
When Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, the 17-year old was several hundred miles from her home at nursing school in Radom, and could not return because her family lived close to the German border. “My little country was really bombarded,” Opdyke said. “Hitler knocked everything down,” she said. “The sky was black with them: row after row of German bombers, flying in formation over Radom.”
The bombardment threw the hospital where she studied into chaos. “We were out of food, we were out of sulfa drugs, we had no clean sheets, the electricity was out, and the wounded kept arriving,” she noted in her book. As the Polish army retreated from Radom, Opdyke volunteered to travel with them and assist with their medical needs. “I joined the Polish army to fight Hitler and send him back to Berlin,” she said.
“Unfortunately, Russia and Germany made a pact and they took my country from both sides,” Opdyke said.
Facing overwhelming opposition, she found herself hiding in the Ukrainian forest with 10 Polish soldiers and several nurses. “We needed clothing and food because it was bitter cold,” she said. One night Opdyke went into the town of Lvov on a bartering mission.
Beaten and left to die
German troops roll into PolandAs Opdyke walked down the road on a clear, moonless night, she heard a low, rumbling sound she didn’t want to hear. It was the sound of a Russian patrol approaching, and she bolted for the woods. “I ran for my life to the forest, but I was captured by three Russian soldiers and brutally violated, beaten, and left in the snow to die,” she said. “But I did not die.”
Found by another Russian patrol the next morning, her lifeless body was thrown in the back of a military transport vehicle and hauled to a prison hospital controlled by the Russians. As she slowly recovered her strength over the ensuing weeks, her prayers intensified. “I wondered if the Heavenly Father saw me, alone and defeated.”
Opdyke gradually regained her strength in the hospital, only to face another harrowing incident. A Russian doctor in the hospital crept into her bed in the middle of the night and attempted to rape her as she slept. After this ordeal, she determined she would escape from the hospital.
“A Polish doctor from the Ukraine helped me to escape,” she said. Opdyke slipped through a loose board in the fence surrounding the hospital grounds, and slowly made her way back toward her home in Radom. As a train she was riding crossed from Russian-controlled areas of Poland into the German sector, everyone was pulled off the train and placed under quarantine, ostensibly to prevent the spread of “Russian diseases.”
Men examined for circumcision
Polish villagers killed by German troops“The men, who had been separated from the women upon arrival, were being examined for circumcision; the circumcised men, the Jews, were taken away,” she recounted. “To where? Why? Would they be back? No one knew.
Two years after the start of the war, Opdyke finally reached her family in Radom for a joyous homecoming. But everything about life in Radom had changed. All the streets had German names. All Polish intellectuals and professionals had been taken away to prison camps, and many other men in the town had simply disappeared, never to be heard from again.
The restaurant where Opdyke once worked served only Germans now. Posters covered the city mocking the Jews, falsely accusing them of every sort of crime. Jews from Radom, as well as the surrounding countryside, had been forced into two ghetto areas, surrounded by barbed wire. “Some said that Hitler was planning to exterminate the Jews, but we thought that was simply too preposterous to believe.”
“Now we are like slaves, or worse,” her father told her. “We must step off the sidewalk and remove our hats if a German approaches,” he said. “And the death penalty is automatic for anyone helping the Jews.” Opdyke was baffled by this hostility toward the Jews, wondering why the Germans didn’t simply let them leave.
One night after Opdyke’s sisters went off to bed, she tearfully recounted the full story of her two-year ordeal to her parents, her voice dropping to a whisper as she told them of her rape. Then Opdyke’s father gently put his hand on her shoulder. “War makes men animals,” he said. “You must not let this ruin your life. God has plans for you. He did not let you die. He has plans for you.”
German Nazi leaderOnly a few weeks later, the Germans came for Opdyke’s father. A ceramics factory her father designed was considered important for the war effort, and they wanted his expertise to make it function, so they took him away.
Then on a Sunday morning, while Opdyke worshipped in church, she heard the sound of heavy vehicles pull up in the square outside the church, doors slamming, and boots pounding up to the front doors. “Raus! Zum Strasse! soldiers shouted as the people were herded outside into the square. The parishioners were surrounded by Wehrmacht soldiers with their guns drawn.
“You will be transported to Germany to work for the Reich,” an officer shouted. “You Poles have been idle long enough.”
Photo captions: 1) Irene Gut Opdyke. 2) German tanks roll into Poland. 3) Polish villagers killed by Germans near Radom. 4) Sturmbannfuhrer Rokita. 5) Mark Ellis.
Mark EllisAbout the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (, and is also the founder of, a website that shares testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest and involvement in world missions. Previously, Mark co-hosted a TV show called “Windows on the World” with ANS Founder, Dan Wooding, aired on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (, which is now co-hosted by Dr. Garry Ansdell, Senior Pastor of Hosanna Christian Fellowship in Bellflower, California.
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I Am Finished!

"I Am Finished!"
“If anyone desires to come after Me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
LUKE 9:23

When we first come to the Lord we truly think we are giving Him our all, but we cannot fully appreciate just how powerful Self is. It cannot be dealt with in a once-and-for-all manner. It requires many seasons of God’s dealings for us to see the truth about the Lord, and the truth about ourselves.

That is why I say there is more hope for someone who is ready to give up and quit than there is for someone who keeps promising to do better tomorrow. Only after we have tried and failed one hundred, one thousand, or one million times will we at last be able to say, “Lord, I finally understand now that I can originate nothing of my own self, because whenever I do, I meet with nothing but defeat. So I am finished! Henceforth, not my will, but Your Will be done!”

Source: "Embrace the Cross" by Chip Brogden

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