Between fear and hate: a response to shooting in our church
This 9:32 minute audio is Greg Taylor's response given the morning after a shooting inside the building of the church where he preaches, Garnett Church of Christ. Click on play button to listen [audio http://gregtaylor.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/response-to-shooting-at-garnett-church.mp3]
We chose the following media link because it more effectively shows the Hmong community response.
The Hmong leader interviewed in the story, Linda Lor, had just spoken to me minutes before she was interviewed on camera and she assured me that the Hmong community is coming together, that this is a wake up call for them and for us in many ways to pay closer attention to Hmong (and all) youth, anger, forgiveness, love. She said, "this shooting was due to an unforgiven grudge," a targeted shooting toward one man in particular within a family clan.
That clan is planning a gathering at our church this weekend. Please pray for love to reign in this place where a shooting took place last weekend.
The audio above states what we want to say for now: blessings, prayers, support, love for and to the Hmong community. We also want to thank all those in our church and community and the nation who have been praying for us here. We feel and value your prayers and know the Holy Spirit is working through us as we seek to respond in ways that Christ would want us to respond, not with fear nor with hate but with love for all, including those who try to do us harm.
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