Soon after the Pulse terror attack, Orlando area evangelical church leaders went into action meeting many basic needs of victims, survivors and their families. Lead Them Home learned how churches have met needs by visiting and getting to know people at the Pulse memorial site.
The nightclub is shuttered, surrounded by a fence that has become a 24-hour memorial to remember the 49 LGBT+ lives lost and 53 others injured.
There are stories of churches paying for housing, providing cars, offering free trauma counseling and meeting many other needs of survivors and families of those who died. In the aftermath of terror, the church of Jesus Christ is grieving — and meeting needs.
It would be foolish to fail to mention the hateful voices who are claiming victory in the death of LGBT+ folks. One pastor only regretted there were not more gay people killed. While this may be the most audible voice in a real-time, socially connected world, it is comforting to know that a quiet but very real voice is speaking through action — loving people, grieving with those who are grieving, surrounding those who are traumatized and providing tangible assistance to those most impacted.
How can your church help? Read our next post in this series to learn more.
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