World Methodist Council Responds to Dallas Shooting

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The news of last Friday’s attack at a peaceful prayer rally in Dallas, Texas, has saddened and shaken the world. In a statement yesterday, General Secretary Ivan Abrahams said, “As I depart South Africa to return to the United States today, I am deeply saddened by the news of yet another violent attack in the heart of the U.S. Our prayers are with the people and law enforcers in Dallas, Texas. I urge the Methodist/Wesleyan community to pray with fervor for this ‘violent storm’ to end. Violence has become part of our global landscape, and violence by firearm and weapons has become all too common in areas where it is not difficult to obtain one. Let us pray and act toward a solution to this epidemic. Let us work toward forgiving the perpetrators of violence, and modeling the attitude of Jesus and his disciples that follow to ‘Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly.'(Lk. 6.27-28). Continue to prayer for those affected by this tragedy. May the healing begin so that acts like this will cease to occur.”

Mbongeni Absolom Magagula, chair of the Social and International Affairs committee also responded saying, “I watch with disgrace and broken heart the incidences in Dallas, Texas, in the United States of America. This is so horribly sad. An eye for an eye makes the world blind. The world is seriously changing badly. It’s scary, sad, and real. My Heart is enraged and breaking for Dallas. I plead with families in Dallas to stay safely in their house, avoid this confrontation now. I ask for people who are concerned, especially those who believe in peaceful ways of dealing with issues, to gather for a plan of action to calm the situation. This day shall be a long night for many people in that city. May we continue to pray for peace, understanding and stability in the USA. I plead for prophetic action in this areas, and for other places to be watchful in a way to prevent this from happening in their area.”

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