***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
March 15, 2019
World Relief Grieves Horrific Shooting in New Zealand Mosques
Baltimore, Md. – World Relief issued the following statement in response to mass shootings that left 49 people dead and over 20 wounded at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand:
Scott Arbeiter, president of World Relief, and Tim Breene, CEO of World Relief: “We are devastated by the news of such senseless, gratuitous deaths in New Zealand mosques. Our hearts break for the lives cut short, and we lift up in prayer the families of those affected by such violence in a place of worship. We condemn bigotry and hate crime, particularly crime that creates fear of safety when worshiping, regardless of where the worship is taking place.
“Additionally, our hearts break for the immigrants affected by this tragedy. We also lift up in prayer the conflicts that are driving men and women from their homes, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, from which many of these worshipers came. We urge Christians to respond in love by coming alongside refugees around the world to create the safe communities that are the best antidote to violence and threat.”
About World Relief:
World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization that seeks to overcome violence, poverty and injustice. Through love in action, we bring hope, healing and restoration to millions of the world’s most vulnerable women, men and children through vital and sustainable programs in disaster response, health and child development, economic development and peacebuilding, as well as refugee and immigration services in the U.S. For 75 years, we’ve partnered with churches and communities, currently across more than 20 countries, to provide relief from suffering and help people rebuild their lives.
Learn more at worldrelief.org.