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A Word From Our Senior Leader

June 1

New Life family, the horror of yesterday’s shooting is just beginning to settle in with most of us. Evil is very real. Evil struck at our home on Friday in a way we have never known before. No one is immune from suffering the consequences of a madman.

There seems like more questions today than answers. Why? What could have been done? Where was God? I have no nice platitude or clever saying today to post. Words seem so inadequate.

I’m angry. I’m inconsolable. I’m fed up. I’m troubled in a way that is not normally like me. I just want to lament…. and weep…and sit quietly and grieve.

Today, our city needs us. Jesus needs is to be his hands and feet to embrace a suffering community. Solidarity. Compassion. Presence… and maybe give a little bit of hope. We love Virginia Beach.

Jesus help us. Only you. Have mercy.

Dr. Daniel Backens
Senior Pastor


June 1
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