Where was I on September 11th?
Dr. Ted Baehr
As everyone is asking, “Where were you on September 11th?” I’ll let you know that I was from Sendai, Japan, where I was trying to help a wonderful Japanese-American family who owned the distribution rights for Microsoft Asia London traveled to speak at a conference.
One of the worst typhoons hit Japan the day I had to go to Tokyo, so the railroad closed so we decided to go to Tokyo Airport. The highway was closed for the entire journey, with the exception of the circle of eyes of the typhoon, which followed our car as far as Tokyo, as a miraculous answer to prayer.
I spent the night in a large Americanized hotel. In the middle of the night I couldn’t sleep, so I turned on the TV for the American news channel and saw the first plane hit the first World Trade Center tower, which was near my former work place at Trinity Church on Broadway and Wall located street. I called home and told Lili to turn on the TV. Some of my children had sworn they would not watch television so that they would not see what was happening. In Japan, I watched the next plane hit the other World Trade Center tower while Lili, from the Los Angeles area, Camarillo, watched. American news anchors were slowly realizing that it was an attack.
Morning came and I went down to breakfast. The Japanese ignored the events of September 11 in the United States and focused on sports and the tsunami. Many laughed and enjoyed breakfast. I was devastated and shocked.
Many flights were canceled, but thanks to God’s Divine Providence, my flight flew to London after much prayer. I took a taxi at Heathrow Airport. The driver was happy that the US was under attack. The news announced that many in Parliament were applauding. Again I was shocked. The next day, Prime Minister Blair apologized to the US.
I spoke that night, still in shock. I cried in the middle of my speech.
My little home village, where I grew up on Long Island, lost 50% of its fathers on September 11th.
9/11 and other jihad dates are important to Muslims but forgotten by non-Muslims.
September 11, 1683 marks the beginning of the Battle of Vienna with the attack of the Grand Vizar Mustafa and the Turks and Tatars. The Grand Vicar celebrated the beginning of the battle with the execution of 30,000 Christian prisoners. The Christians were overwhelming in number, but they eventually won the battle. Muslims have since commemorated 9/11 by attempting to conquer the rest of Christianity just as they conquered the Holy Land and the Eastern Christian-Roman Empire.
They won’t stop until they win – or…. The “or” depends on whether the freedom-loving people remember the past.
Let us pray for others, let us tell people about the love of Jesus that triumphs over fear, terror and power. The good news will triumph!