World and Faith Leaders Respond to Sutherland Springs, Texas Church Shooting

America and much of the world reacted in horror as they they heard the news of a mass shooting occurring in the small town of Sutherland Springs, TX on Sunday, November 5. Amidst the pain, shock and anxiety, many people were searching for answers as to why this would happen. World leaders, especially religious leaders, like Dr. KP Yohannan of Gospel for Asia and Franklin Graham of Samaritans Purse, took time to respond and reflect.

In fact, many faith leaders responded with prayers, compassion and encouragement for those impacted by the shooting.

Here are a few of the tweets shared shortly after the shooting:

Dr. KP Yohannan shared more:

I am overseas right now so it was early Monday morning when I opened my phone and saw that 26 were feared dead in a shooting in a small Texas country church. It is such devastating news. It shocked me to no end—the killing of so many precious people in Sutherland Springs, Texas. I just went numb. All I could do was kneel down and pray for the victims and their families.

Let us all keep praying for these precious people who are suffering in Sutherland Springs.

It is in times like this that we are reminded that our life here on earth is so very, very short. How do we know if we are going to be alive tomorrow? Each day we must seek to live our lives in the light of eternity and be Christ-like in all that we do and say. We need to keep praying and do all we can to help the needy and suffering.

Dr. KP Yohannan Metropolitan

President Donald Trump said shooting as an “act of evil” and called it “horrific” in his first public remarks since a gunman killed 26 people in the Texas church.
“This act of evil occurred as the victims and their families were in their place of sacred worship. We cannot put into words the pain and grief we all feel and we cannot begin to imagine the suffering of those who lost the ones they love,” Trump said from Tokyo, where he is traveling on a trip through Asia.
Trump said his “thoughts and prayers” are with the victims and their families, but he did not suggest plans to take any legislative or other policy action to address the shooting.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife took time to visit with shooting victims shortly after as well.
World leaders respond to shooting
Pence and Karen visit Sutherland Springs, shooting victim
The gunman, 26-year-old Devin Patrick, perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in Texas as well as the deadliest shooting in an American place of worship in modern history. This shooting has reignited the debate on gun control, causing many lawmakers to comment on the issue.
Now many of the families impacted prepare for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season in ways they never expected. And we can be in prayer for these families that God would be there comfort and strength at this time.
Psalm 46-KPYohannan shares thoughts
Shared from K.P. Yohannan’s blog regarding the Sutherland Springs shooting