Converge Responds :: Paris Terrorist Attacks


Every American can tell you where he or she was when they heard the news September 11, 2001. The events of that day shook our nation. It dismantled our sense of safety and security in our communities and unsettled the internal peace we had the privilege of experiencing in our daily lives. Our understanding of the world we live in changed.

Our brothers and sisters in France will remember this day in the same vein as 9/11: senseless violence against ordinary people. It may be normal in some parts of the world, but for those of us in the West, this level of incivility was something we thought we had eradicated many years ago.

Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives as well as the entire country of France. We must pray for their leaders, for discernment and decisive action to prevent future events like this. Our prayers are that God will give wisdom and courage to the leaders as well as comfort and peace to all who are impacted by this tragedy. (None of our missionaries in France were near the attacks.)  

Jesus said in John 16:33, "In this world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have overcome the world." The troubles of this world are obvious. We see it in the news media every day, as people invent new ways of doing evil. However, this verse also reminds us the message of Christ has the power to overcome evil. The gospel brings hope and peace. 

This is why we exist. This is why Converge starts and strengthens churches together worldwidebecause the gospel is the hope of the world. And while, for most of us, our only course of action in France is to pray and perhaps give, in our own arena of influence we can make a huge difference by living out the hope of Christ and sharing with others the hope that is in us.

My prayers go out to the people of France. I encourage you to take time in your services this weekend to pray for their recovery and that God would graciously restore their lives. My prayers also go out for you. Give hope. Express love. Comfort the hurting. Fight injustice. Be the church.

Scott Ridout, President

    Point - September 2018

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