Faith, and the Friends Who Stopped the Train Attack


Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Everybody has heard about the three American men whom French authorities credit with disrupting a potential terror attack on a Paris-bound high-speed train.

Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler

Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler

Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler have been friends since childhood. After high school, their paths took them all around the world. Spencer joined the Air Force and was stationed in the Azores Islands; Alek served in Afghanistan with the National Guard; and Anthony is about to enter his senior year at California State University in Sacramento.

Did you also know that all three attended an independent Christian middle school, and Anthony Sadler’s father is pastor of a Baptist church in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood?

The friends kept in touch, united by longtime bonds and a shared faith, said Peter Skarlatos, Alek’s older brother. “They’re all Christians,” he said. “They’re all very religious.”

The elder Sadler told reporters that he believes his son and his friends were used by God to disrupt what could have been a devastating tragedy. “We believe God’s providential will worked its way out,” he said. “I’m just thankful they were there and got things done.”

Us too.