Parents of Shooting Victim Use Tragedy to Share the Gospel

Logan Cole shooting

Sixteen-year-old Logan Cole was shot multiple times by a fellow student at West Liberty-Salem High School in Ohio. Cole was rushed to the emergency room Friday, January 20, 2017. Although he was moved out of intensive care on Saturday, the teen continues to fight for his life.

On Thursday, January 26, Cole’s parents released a video to a local news station expressing their thanks for everyone who has supported them during the tragedy. Despite the trying time the family is walking through, the Coles took the opportunity to encourage viewers to know Jesus Christ personally.

The video starts with Cole’s father going through a list of people he wants to thank. He starts with Cole himself, “who set an example to me of the forgiveness and grace of Jesus Christ.” He refers to Cole’s decision to forgive the student who shot him right after the incident happened.

Next Cole’s father thanks the two men, Andy and Greg, who walked into the bathroom after hearing shots in the bathroom. Cole’s father says their bravery reminds him of John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

Cole has a pellet in one of the chambers of his heart the doctors are still trying to remove, along with other complications. In addition to prayers for healing, Cole’s parents are asking for other prayers as well: prayers for the school and community and prayers for the shooter’s family.

“We are not God and do not have visibility into the future, and therefore do not understand what eternal benefits there will be as a result of this tragedy. What we do know is that God takes all things and he works them together for our good.”

Cole’s father concludes the message by saying, “Logan’s eternal hope is in Jesus Christ, and I would encourage you to follow his example.”

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Megan Briggs
Megan Briggs is a writer and editor for ChurchLeaders.com. Her experience in ministry, an extensive amount of which was garnered overseas, gives her a unique perspective on the global church. She has the longsuffering and altruistic nature of foreign friends and missionaries to humbly thank for this experience. Megan is passionate about seeking and proclaiming the truth. When she’s not writing, Megan likes to explore God’s magnificent creation.