How should people cope with tragedy? That’s a question Pastor Bruce Porter has had to answer again and again as a preacher, chaplain—and a good Samaritan who was heavily involved in helping victims of both the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado and the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.  Porter, the Colorado preacher who officiated Columbine victim Rachel Joy Scott’s funeral after the 1999 shooting,

later found himself drawn to the scene of America’s most horrific terror attack, arriving at Ground Zero six days after the Sept. 11, 2001, assault to help minister to the afflicted. It was an experience that transformed his life. “We all remember where we were and what we were doing [on 9/11] … the circumstances of our day,” Porter recently told’s Pure Talk. “And I just sensed immediately that God was calling me with a sense of duty to respond to that, because I knew I had some skill sets that might be useful in New York.” READ MORE