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Salvation Army's UK leader issues heartfelt response to London attack

Salvation Army's UK leader issues heartfelt response to London attack

Salvation Army's UK leader issues heartfelt response to London attack

5 June 2017

The Salvation Army is on the ground in London, providing assistance to those who need it after the horrific attacks in the city at the weekend. Photo Heidi Sandstrom.

The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom is continuing to offer support to those affected by the horrific attack on innocent lives in the heart of London at the weekend.

Saturday night’s terrorist attack on a popular London restaurant area that killed seven people and injured dozens, comes on the heels of the Manchester bombing attack that killed 22 people after a concert on 22 May.

Commissioner Clive Adams, leader of The Salvation Army’s United Kingdom with the Republic of Ireland Territory, was almost at a loss for words in response to the latest incident.

“Yet again, we awake to news of another monstrous attack by depraved and cowardly men, this time much closer to home – in the borough where we live ... in the area where we walk and commute every day. Yet again, my thoughts go to those who mourn loss, and those who are injured both physically and emotionally ...

“I have no words ... I turn, and point, to Sovereign God ...”

Commissioner Adams then added a prayer: “‘Lord, you are great and powerful. You have glory, victory, and honour. Everything in heaven and on earth belongs to you. The kingdom belongs to you, Lord; you are the ruler over everything (1 Chronicles 29:11 New Century Version).”

The Salvation Army’s UK with the Republic of Ireland Headquarters is in Elephant and Castle, in the borough of Southwark. Its corps in Southwark on Princess Street ensured its doors were open for anyone needing a place of safety.

Captain Ashish Pawar, from Southwark Salvation Army, said: “Being so close to the scene, we just wanted to do something to help so we opened up our church and community centre at 11pm. Around 25 police officers came for refreshments, seven people slept here, including people who were not able to go back to their hotels, and a number of others just needed to have a hot drink, chat and charge their phones so they could call family and friends.”

The Salvation Army will continue to support those affected, and emergency services personnel, as long as required.

Watch a video about the welcome Southwark are offering victims of the attack.

 

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