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Pray With PI: Orlando Mass Shootings, USA in Volatile State
Written by Project Inspired
Posted on June 15, 2016 at 9:00 am
Our Project Inspired community is a powerful network of believers. We want to bring awareness to events happening around the world that could use our prayers. Today we urge you to pray in response to the following current events.
Early last Sunday, a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 at a crowded gay nightclub called Pulse in Orlando, Florida. The gunman, also killed during the attack, claimed allegiance to the Islamic State. Before Sunday, the deadliest shootings in U.S. history were at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, with 32 and 27 people killed. Fourteen people were killed on December 2, 2015, in an attack in San Bernardino, California.
National media attention was already focused on Orlando over the weekend because of Friday night’s fatal shooting of Christina Grimmie while she signed autographs after a show. The Pulse shooting happened only a few miles from the Plaza Live theater where Grimmie was killed.
The weekend’s events have sparked national debates about terrorism, racism, hate crimes, gun control and mental illness, coinciding with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The nation is full of fear and anger.
Please pray with us. Pray for the victim’s families and friends whose lives will be forever changed. Pray for the city of Orlando, which has experienced so much terror and violence. Pray for the future of our nation and legislation. Pray that we, as a wounded country, are able to come together, respectfully mourn those we have lost and work together to create safety. Pray for the church that we are able to be the hands and feet of Christ. Pray that God gives you opportunities to show His love to the hurting.