International Secretary sends message of support to French President

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Commissioner Birgitte Brekke-Clifton, The Salvation Army International Secretary for Europe at International Headquarters in London, wrote to the President of France on behalf of the worldwide Salvation Army, expressing condolences for the loss of life in the terror attack on the Paris offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, while assuring the president of prayers and support as his country comes to terms with the tragedy.

The commissioner’s letter to President François Hollande said:

I write on this National Day of Mourning in France, to express The Salvation Army’s shock and horror at yesterday’s tragic shootings in Paris. We send our sympathy and condolences to all affected.

Please be assured that we are remembering and praying for all those affected by this tragedy: the victims, colleagues, families, first responders and government leaders, and I confirm that Salvationists across France are participating in ‘Moments of Remembrance and Prayer’ today and our organization stands at the ready to assist if needed.

In the midst of this crisis it is our hope that you will find a level of comfort and peace in knowing that Salvationists throughout Europe and around the world are praying for all involved.

I leave with you the words of Psalm 46:1 as recorded in Scripture: ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.’

May God grant you wisdom and discernment as you lead.

God bless you.

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