Yesterday my team was joined by
Lois Comfort Dog (Las Vegas) and Reuben Comfort Dog (Yuba City), to be with the employees of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. We spent all day meeting with over 1,000 employees. We met so many very kind and gental souls. It is easy to understand why each of these people work in the hospitality industy. Serving is the cornerstone of their occupation and they do it so well.
Today marked the one-year anniversary of the horrific shooting and for many we met it brought back very vivid memories of a night that they will never forget. Throughout the day we were fortunate to meet employees who worked in all areas of the resort.
Mandalay Bay is so large. It’s like being in a small town under one roof. It even has an 11-acre beach/pool complex with a lazy river!
During the evening we spent a couple of hours at a vigil for survivors and families. It took place at the site of the Route 91 Concert. There were well over 1,500 people gathered for this very sacred time. We did our best to comfort those who now carry a memory of cherished loved ones.
We concluded our day with a late night visit to the Las Vegas Law Enforcement Dispatch Center. These very special folks handle all of the emergency 911 phone calls. On the night of the shooting the dispatchers fielded literally hundreds of calls from those at the concert. They daily interact with all branches of law enforcement, fire, ambulance and the local hospitals. You don’t often hear about these unsung heroes who work quietly tucked away in a subdued office. They are on the communication frontlines with every incident. They listen, talk, guide, console, and calm those that are in an emergency situation. They are the lifeline between the victims and the first responders which means they experience daily emotional highs and lows. We feel honored and humbled to be in the presence of these very special people.
As you read this post I will be traveling back to Napa. I ask that you please continue to pray for the families, surviors, friends, workers and the Las Vegas community as they continue the lifelong healing process.
And may the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7