Adventists Join in Prayer
Over Arizona Shooting
Seventh-day Adventists in North America are joining in prayer over the January 8, 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), in which the Congresswoman was critically injured. U.S. Chief District Judge John Rall and five others, including a 9-year-old girl, were killed; 13 others were wounded and are recovering. A suspect has been apprehended in the case, police said.
Pastor Dan Jackson, North American Division president, said in a statement, “We join with many across the United States in extending our deepest sympathy and prayers for those who were victimized by the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday, January 8. These shootings are yet another illustration of the fact that we are living in dangerous times. Let’s continue to pray for the families of those who were slain, for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and for those who along with her are battling for their lives. Let us unite our thoughts and prayers with all people during these solemn hours.”
There are 1.1 million Seventh-day Adventists in North America, the large majority in the United States.
-- Reported by Adventist Review staff with information from the North American Division.