This past week, the nation – still reeling from its deadliest mass shooting in Las Vegas – was again brought to its knees after a shooting rampage during a Sunday morning service at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, claimed the lives of 26 people and left 20 wounded.
In response a number of NRB members expressed their heartbrokenness, and chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team were deployed to the town to pray with and minister to people impacted by the tragedy.
Here is a sampling of the responses:
“Heartbreaking to hear of the tragic shooting and loss of life at First Baptist Sutherland Springs Tex. May God comfort His people”
--Jack Graham, Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas
“Today’s horrific church shooting is every pastor’s worst nightmare and is proof of the reality of evil. Although the Bible never diminishes the pain of evil, it does promise that one day when Christ returns, evil will be defeated forever. Until that time, we pray that the members of First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, will experience the promise of Psalm 34:18: ‘The Lord is close to the broken-hearted.’”
“My heart is heavy for the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas, who have lost more than 20 of their sons, daughters, husbands, wives, parents, and friends today in this senseless act of brutality. My prayers are with this community and church.”
--Franklin Graham, President and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
“America is hurting right now, and in many ways, we are a very sick nation. Only God can heal our land.
Turning to Him with all our hearts and souls in repentance and prayer is our only hope. It’s the only hope of the people of Sutherland Springs.
Let’s join them in their grief, as we appeal to our Father for mercy.”
--Michael Brown, Founder & President of the FIRE School of Ministry
“We're heartbroken about the church shooting in Sutherland Springs. Pray that victims & their families would be covered by God's love & peace”
--Cru (via Twitter)
“Our @AiG staff will be praying for our grieving brothers & sisters in Sutherland Springs Texas - we groan with you in this fallen world”
--Ken Ham, President, CEO, and Founder of Answers in Genesis (via Twitter)
“Join us! Pray for First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, the loved ones of those who died, this Texas community, and our nation.”
--Moody Radio Chicago (via Twitter)
“Let us pray for the heartbroken families and for the healing of their pain. Our hearts go out to them and their community in Sutherland Springs. May there be the arms of friends to hold them through this grief and the strength of God to sustain them. Those who died were in worship of their Lord and are now in His visible presence. The killer, too, has now stood before his maker and found out death is not the end.”
By NRB Staff
Published: November 9, 2017