#27 | Sunday, September 16th, 2001
I woke up the exact minute that the first plane hit. I laid in bed for a few minutes and I decided to get in the shower. Twenty minutes after I woke up I was in the bathroom, about to get in the shower, and I turned the radio on. The DJ said to get to a TV as soon as you can, so I quickly walked out of the bathroom and turned it to MSNBC.
September 11th is also my best friend's birthday. I got over to her house and woke her up to suprise her with her birthday presents. I felt really bad to have to tell her what was going on.
Staci | 19 | Virginia

#28 | Sunday, September 16th, 2001
I was walking out of the Bean, the cafeteria at ACU, and happened to glance at a smoking building on television. I watched the report for a minute - it was just before 8:00, right after it had happened. I walked to my Bible class. The professor was taking prayer requests, and I said that we should pray about "The plane that crashed into the World Trade Center. They don't know if it was terrorists or what, but they're worried." Everyone looked at me like I was insane, but we prayed about it anyway.
The class ended at 9:20, and I walked through the lobby of the campus center to see if there was anything else about it on TV. I watched in horror as they replayed the first building collapsing. I said a few words to a friend, Travis, and he said "Want to skip class and watch this at my apartment?" (The Campus Center was very crowded, and you could hardly hear the audio). I said yes, and we went. For the next hour and a half I just watched. I watched the second tower fall live. It was incredible.
Chapel that day was prayer. Everyone simply sat in the colliseum and prayed about everything that had happened.
And we still pray. The sermon this morning was about where God was. Don't listen to the fools who'll tell you he caused this to happen as a result of the "immorality of America." America is immoral, but our God is perfect. God was with the firefighters as they raced _up_ the stairs to save people. God was with those who called family to tell them that they knew they were going to die, and that they loved them, from hijacked airplanes. And God is with the mourners now.

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." Isaiah 43:1-3

Dave McVey
Abilene Christian University
Abilene, Texas
David McVey | 18 | Texas

#29 | Sunday, September 16th, 2001
On Tuesdays I do not have class until 11 am. At about 9 am I hear the girl across the hall begin to freak out about something. I heard the word airplane and I thought she was watching some reality show about sky divers. She was telling everyone to watch the t.v. I tried to go back to sleep, but she was too loud. So I decided that I would get up and take my shower. As I open the door she starts trying to tell me about the airplane. She was wearing a shirt with the New York skyline on it, and she pointed to the towers and said that they were gone. Then she pointed to the screen and I saw it all. I was so much in shock that I went to the shower. All through my shower I just prayed. Then I got back to my room and the magnitude of the situation hit me. I fell on the floor and wept.
Rachel | 18 | Texas

#30 | Sunday, September 16th, 2001
When I heard about what was going on, it was about eight hours after the tragedy began. What was particularly unnerving for me personally was that I was in Ealing, the site of an IRA bomb explosion about four weeks previously, at the time. I felt sure that if New York and Washington had been targeted that morning, a similar attack on London wasn't too far away. The day before, I had just moved to a region of London quite close to where the London WTC was being built.
Michael | 21 | United Kingdom

#31 | Sunday, September 16th, 2001
When it all happened, I was working. I work for the electricity company here, and I was just doing my daily job, calling clients and the like, when a girl from the office screamed something about the World Trade Center..

We turned on the radio and listened when the second plane crashed. It was scary. We didnt know what to think. We could only hear what the people described, and my imagination was running wild. I thought it was the end.

I thought about my friends in NYC and started to worry a lot. I couldnt concentrate on the job and left earlier than usual. I sat here in front of the computer, watched TV, read the news online, called my boyfriend who lives on the other side of the atlantic (Holland) and just waited to see the new developments of the tragedy.
Josee | 19 | Canada

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