Converge Responds: Manchester Attack

Manchester Terror Attack

You’ve seen the news reports from Monday’s terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Twenty-two were killed and more than 120 injured in the suicide bombing explosion.

Converge has missionaries in Manchester: Ken and Emily Lippold and Clint Harper. All are safe. Clint, one of our newest Converge missionaries, serves with AT3 at City Church Manchester, less than a mile from the bombing site and involved in caring for those affected by the bombing. He sent us this report yesterday:  

In light of the recent explosion and terrorist attack, I want you to know I'm safe. These days feel most surreal. As I write this, I can hear the wings of helicopters flying overhead and emergency vehicles rushing through the streets. It's these kinds of things that stick with you as a reminder of how close to home evil truly is.

The concert was just a half mile from our church in the city center. A mile from my flat. In the heart of England's second city. Over the past months I've learned to call this place my home, and it definitely hurts like it is my home. But God has me here, in this city and at City Church Manchester for such a time as this.

We held a community prayer meeting Monday night at the church. Around 60 people came to pray, mourn and be together. It was great to gather in the city despite the fear still among the city center. 

Please pray for the city, the churches, City Church Manchester and the leadership especially, and for me as I minister to and support those here in the city and at the universities.

Pray for the police, many of whom have been working around the clock since the attack. Many health professional medics and doctors as well. One in our church, a children's doctor, will work every night this week.

We've just started a series in Revelation, learning to anchor our faith in the fact that "God wins, so keep going."

This Sunday one of our pastors, Ralph, will preach on Revelation 1:17-18, which is a timely reminder: "When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.’”

Grace and peace to you. - Clint Harper

Ken Lippold, also in the area, adds:

This horrific event highlights the need for more, not less, gospel workers to come and serve churches in the UK. Every day the UK grows further and further away from its Christian heritage―and therefore its knowledge of the gospel―as churches close. More than ever we need men and women to come and work towards a fruitful harvest in the UK. “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” (Romans 10.14-15).

Please joins us in praying for the Lippolds and Clint Harper as they minister to the Manchester community. And pray for the churches where they minister. Members know the families of several bombing victims.

Better Together,

Scott Ridout, President 

Ivan Veldhuizen, Executive Director, International Ministries

 

Photo credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
    Point - September 2018

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