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The USA Team of Apostles shared this statement with the church in response to the shootings that took place in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ!

We are deeply saddened by the senseless killing that took place last week in Charleston, South Carolina. We join in prayer with other people of faith, across the country and around the world, upholding the families and friends of the victims from the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The mayor of Charleston, Joe Riley, said: “The only reason someone would walk into a church and shoot people that were praying is hate.” Our hearts break at the violent expression of hate where the worth of each person was so brutally ignored. At the same time, we pray for the perpetrator, hoping the young man can come to understand the egregious errors of his actions and discover the redemptive power of the gospel. We pray justice for all can be achieved, and the peace of Jesus Christ may rest on each one involved to bring healing. 

In the days ahead, we will hear more about what led to this tragic incident. May we learn from this incident and be open to how we can better achieve God’s vision of shalom in our towns, cities, countries, and world. May we follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit in working to eliminate causes that contribute to hate crimes of any kind. May we be diligent in upholding the Worth of All Persons and in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ so all can enjoy the Blessings of Community.

Please remember the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Charleston community. May we be stirred like never before to faithfully pray and attentively work for peace.

In Christ’s Peace,

Linda Booth
Barbara Carter
Stassi Cramm
Ron Harmon
Art Smith

USA Team of Apostles
Watch this video as Apostle Susan Oxley recounts a young man's commitment to invite people to Christ using not just his voice...but his life as well.

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Worldwide Ministries
Contribution Update

For the second consecutive month we have met our $1 million monthly goal for World Ministries Mission Tithes. Year-to-date we are just 0.8 percent below the annual goal.

May contributions: $1,025,000
(2.5 percent above $1,000,000 monthly goal)

Year-to-date: $4,960,000
(0.8% behind calendar-year goal)

Let’s keep the momentum going! 
All are encouraged to continue their generous support, especially in June through August, when many members and ministers are traveling. 
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