NRB Members #PrayforParis, Offer Support

BGEA Chaplin with Parisians Christian leaders and organizations around the world rallied behind the people of Paris and the nation of France following the terrorist attacks on November 13 that left 129 dead and hundreds more wounded.

"Father, please grant your mercy and grace to the people of Paris,” prayed NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “Give the police your strength and swift victory over evil."

Many, including Tara Chaney (not her real name), an International Mission Board (IMB) worker in France, described the attacks last Friday as the worst since World War II.

“People are in a state of shock and mourning,” she said, according to a report from IMB. But she noted that “there is also a sense of resolve.”

”Parisians are slowly going about their lives,” she reported. “They want to prove to the terrorists that they have not won.”

In the wake of the horrific attacks, a team of chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is on the ground in France’s capital city to offer emotional and spiritual care.

At the direction of BGEA President Franklin Graham, an international consortium of BGEA’s U.S., Canada, and UK Rapid Response Teams joined together to send six French-speaking, crisis-trained chaplains to offer a ministry of presence in the heart of Paris.

“Join me in praying for the French people,” Graham said, noting in particular “all those injured and the loved ones of the victims of these barbaric attacks.”

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, in its response to the attacks, offered the following list of prayer topics for those who would intercede for the “City of Light”:

  • Pray for God’s deepest comfort on those who lost loved ones in the deadly attacks; for healing and restoration for the injured and brokenhearted; for wisdom and courage for French leaders as they address the different aspects of this tragedy.
  • Pray for discernment and protection for law enforcement and military personnel as they navigate difficult environments and work to protect others during this crisis.
  • Pray for strength and sensitivity for the churches and ministries in the region as they seek to reach those who are hurting and demonstrate the love of our Lord in these perilous times.
  • Pray for peace and stability in Paris. May we shine the light of Jesus Christ during these dark days. And may God bring His peace and healing to the “City of Light” and indeed to our deeply troubled world, as only He is able.

By NRB Staff

Published: November 19, 2015


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