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Have You Heard? Another Mass Shooting

MeLinda LaViene, Managing Conference Administrator

God hear our prayers! In the past week the world has seen yet another mass shooting.

Mass shootings are, for the most part, an American phenomenon. While they are generally grouped together as one type of incident they are several different types including public shootings, bar/club incidents, family annihilations, drive-by and workplace. Mass shootings are defined as having a minimum of four victims shot, either injured or killed, not including any shooter who may also have been killed or injured in the incident.

In 2023 thus far there have been more than 565 mass shootings by 31 mass shooters. We continue to ask why? When will this form of violence end?

We as a whole are all perplexed by the sustained pace of the brutality in this country.

It will take years if it’s even possible for researchers to pinpoint what’s behind the drastic increase in gun violence.

Some issues like mass shootings are challenges that can’t be fixed.

Until this happens we must continue to pray. Let us pray together as a community.

The Lord himself said: “Where two or three are gathered in my name I am in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).

On this day we pray for those lives affected by the mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine. 18 lives were lost and 13 individuals have been injured. 31 Families affected.

On this day we pray for the life that was lost in Oakley, CA and the 3 individual teens that were injured. 4 Families affected.

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
1 Thessalonians 3:12


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