I received this today from our General Superintendent. Let’s pray for those in Connecticut and America. We need God.
Dear Fellow Minister:
Our hearts are heavy today as the details are still unfolding regarding the tragic shooting this morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, where some 600+ children in kindergarten through grade 4 attend. A recent report has indicated 26 fatalities, many of them children.
I attended a Christmas pageant today, in which my four-year old grandson participated as a shepherd. I thought to myself how broken I would be if a gunman had come into that room and begun shooting those little children.
We ask that you pray for those families who lost children and loved ones, as well as those injured—many in critical care—at this time. Please pray for the five Assemblies of God churches within a 10-mile radius of the school as they begin to minister to the hurting in their communities.
Here are some additional prayer points:
Pray for God’s sustaining grace and comfort upon families who have lost children and adults in this shooting.
Pray for the injured that they will recover.
Pray for the community of Newtown that has been traumatized by this occurrence.
Pray that the church will be able to respond with help and comfort in the hours and days ahead.
Pray for the emotional and mental well-being of children who attend Sandy Hook Elementary as they deal with this tragedy.
Pray that wise and sensitive counsel will quickly be available.
Pray for the well-being also of teachers, administrators, and staff.
Pray that families, friends, and the entire community will look to God for His strength, peace, and comfort.