“I’m going to change the world by loving on people.”
This was Tiffany Johnson’s motto. She believed in serving God and sharing her faith with others.
Tiffany and her boyfriend, Daniel Griebenow, extended compassion in Christ’s love by serving at Youth With A Mission, a Christian missionary training program, in Colorado.
On the morning of December 9, 2007, after their Christmas banquet, a young man who had been expelled months earlier came and asked to sleep over. Because rules stated that only students could stay the night, he was denied his request. When the man revealed his semi-automatic pistol, Tiffany, Dan, and another staff member, Phillip, tried to stop him as he came in after the students. Tiffany was shot eight times and laid on the ground unconscious. Her roommate, Holly Morgan, was able to revive her.
“Is it bad?” Tiffany asked. Holly replied, “I’m not going to lie to you, it’s bad.”
Tiffany looked over at her boyfriend, critically wounded by the bullet in his neck, but conscious. She said, “I love you, Dan.” He said, “I love you, too.” She looked at Holly and told her, “I love you, too. You know, we do this for Jesus, right guys? We do this for Jesus.” Then she slipped away.
In the end, Tiffany and Phillip died, and two others, Dan and Charlie, were injured.
Tiffany is a hero and an inspiration. She lived for God, and she died for Him. I hope that through her sacrifice others will come out of darkness and into the light to know God.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. [Gen 50:20]