Hunter Frederick founded Frederick & Associates in 2010 for the entertainment industry. Realizing the need for crisis strategies and intervention, he quickly enrolled in the S2 Safety and Intelligence Institute’s Crisis Negotiations Program through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute. His reality for those who would need his services for crisis strategies, have grown from the entertainment industry. This faith-based firm offering a service in crisis management to help others prepare when facing a situation involving an active shooter, has opened the door to diversity, not only for entertainment, but for anyone who is at risk. With Islamic terror attacks waging fear in the hearts, homes, schools, and churches of Christians everywhere; and Americans petitioning from all over the United States to become part of ISIS, Frederick and Associates is at the forefront of sociological concerns.
Most recently, Jaelyn Young and Muhumed Dakhlalla, both students at Mississippi State University were planning to get married and use their honeymoon to meet up with some members they had solicited from the terrorist group in Kenya. Arrests were made over the weekend, and the group confessed their plan to the FBI. Some people would look at this couple and think, “These two are just kids; the two of them aren’t extremists!” However, Muhumed had written messages referring to the death of Somali-American Abdirahmaan Muhumed of Minneapolis from 2014, in messages later released by authorities that “a Muslim has to stand up for [what’s] right,” and that he will “give up this worldly life for Allah.” (Zaimov, 2015) With the father of Dakhlalla being an Imam of the Islamic Center in Starkville, Mississippi, it makes the reality of peace-loving Muslims a concern for local areas. (Groening, 2015)
The racially motivated shooting on June 17th, 2015, though not the results of ISIS, is another cry for help in this world. This refers to a shattering event, where a lone gunman walked into a church during prayer meeting, and fired shots. His appalling act claimed the lives of 9 people in a historic black church in South Carolina. This was not the ISIS motivated crime against Christians, but a hate crime; another growing concern in Crisis Management today. Frederick & Associates realizing such needs, joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in implementing the Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) from the entertainment industry, and even further, as they realized other areas of concern:
1) In Churches;
2) In Schools;
3) In Theaters and Social Meeting Areas.
Mass school shootings have occurred in the United States for the past ten years, and there is always a fear those could be rising. Why would I write such a thing? Well, because ISIS has made the threat. Although, as Americans, we tend to not worry about other countries, or acts occurring in other countries, we should. There have been acts occurring against Christians in Nigeria, Kenya, etc., for a while now. Those closest to them, (them being ISIS), will be the first to undergo religious persecution. They have been very careful not to move quickly. However, the leaders of ISIS know now, we worry too much about other things (elections, flags and homosexual marriages). We have our American patrons walking into movie theaters and killing each other, with no rationale.
What we do know, is we do know there have been several targeted acts of terrorism on Christian civilians and church workers by religious Muslims. These hate groups targeted Christians solely on the account of their faith. According to Hunter Frederick, President of Frederick & Associates, “Unfortunately, crises are becoming alarming too common in our schools and are now moving into our churches. Churches need to take a more proactive stance in preparing for these tragedies.” (Wallen, 2015) With so many of our own students, friends, and family becoming hidden terrorists for unknown reasons, it seems we all need to take a proactive stance- not just in our churches, but in our schools to protect our children, in our homes to protect our families, and even in the White House, to protect our country.
Our Two Cents:
With so many people today, who are truly our searching for peace on earth, it is
so difficult to understand how our children are at risk when going to school or to a
movie; our families are at risk when going to worship; and our country is at risk when
standing for our faith. It is certainly bad enough to have a group of terrorists standing
in destruction of our people, our country, and our God. However, now we have our own
people, our own children turning against us.
Psalm 140:1 ~ “Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from violent men.”
We call out to each other for understanding, and we get none. We look to our
leaders, and fear no one is listening. We see bad things, and we worry, judgement day
is the only day we will seek retribution for what has happened to our loved ones.
Job 19:7 ~ “Though I cry, ‘Violence!’ I get no response; though I call for help, there is no
As more bad things happen, we wonder if there are people to help us. Crisis
Intervention may be something to help us move forward as we accept what we already
know, and that is faith will lead us through. However, it is the betrayal of our own, we do
Mark 13:12 ~ “Brothers will turn against their own brothers and give them to be killed.
Fathers will turn against their own children and give them to be killed.
Children will fight against their own parents and find ways for their parents
to be killed.”