New York, NY - June 15, 2016
The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) joins the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) in lamenting the loss of lives in Orlando. In a statement, the NAE which is WEA’s national member body in the United States, ‘expresses deep sadness over the senseless murders of at least 50 people in an Orlando nightclub over the weekend and joins fellow Christians in humble prayer for the victims, bereaved families and the community in this time of tragic loss and trauma.’
“In times of unexpected tragedy, we turn to our faith for comfort and healing,” said Rev. Leith Anderson, NAE president. “We honor the memory of those who died and choose not to be desensitized by any life lost — no matter how frequent mass shootings may become.”
In addition to praying for the victims and their families, the NAE encourages Christians to pray for churches in the Orlando area — that they would be bold, loving witnesses of the compassion and hope of God to those who are hurting.
Bishop Efraim Tendero, Secretary General of the WEA said: “We join with so many believers around the world in grieving about too many recent senseless killings of innocent people, particularly in Orlando, Damascus, France, and the Philippines. Please join us in praying for the families and communities that have lost loved ones, that the wounds of this tragedy may be met in the embrace of God's people.”
About the WEA:
Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA's mission is to establish and strengthen regional and national Evangelical Alliances, who in turn enable their national Church to advance the Good News of Jesus Christ and effect personal and community transformation for the glory of God. For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Worldea.org.
About the NAE:
Established in 1942, the National Association of Evangelicals represents more than 45,000 local churches from nearly 40 different denominations and serves a constituency of millions. Its mission is to honor God by connecting and representing evangelical Christians. For more info, visit Nae.net.