Local pastor comforts church shooting victims

Chaplains volunteer with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief

REDWATER, Tx - First Baptist Church of Redwater Pastor Todd Reed spent much of this week in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  "They called me Monday morning and said hey, how fast can you get here because we need some help.  A lot of hurting people," Reed said.

Reed is on a team of chaplains with Southern Baptist  Disaster Relief.  He said, "When you're talking to someone who's in deep grief or pain, you do more listening than ou do talking.  The main thing they need is for somebody to hear them."

Reed said what residents there need now is hope, and God is providing that in a phenomenal way.  "If there's one thing I took away from those people's attitudes and they understand this, this world is not our home.  I heard that over and over.  I was really amazed.  I didn't expect that much of the community to have a positive attitude toward God through this, after this having happened in a church, but if anything, it's bolstered their faith. It's been amazing."  

Reed encourages everyone to pray for Sutherland Springs.  "We live in a messed up day, but the scripture says it's gonna be this way.  And so, the darker the night, the brighter the light, and that's the call for the church to shine in this."

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