Sutherland Springs, Texas is a community that will forever be changed and the members of First Baptist Church while battered and bruised, they are far from broken. The White House has invited members of the Texas church where a two dozen people perished last year to Washington for the National Day of Prayer. The prayer service at the White House comes just two days before the six-month anniversary of the church s******g that took the lives of 26 members of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.
The surviving members of the heartbreaking incident were children with one just a few short weeks from birth. Another 20 members were injured. Multiple members of the same family perished and are still very much healing and grieving.
The members who will be traveling to the nation’s capital for the prayer service include Pastor Frank Pomeroy and his wife, Sherri. Pomeroy states both he and his wife will be speaking at the White House the day before and then praying at Thursday’s service. Sherri describes the invitation as an honor. The Pomeroys’ own 14-year-old daughter Annabelle was among the 14-year-old victims on that fateful November 5th day.
Pomeroy also spoke of the church’s plans to hold a memorial on this coming Saturday to honor victims and survivors. A groundbreaking ceremony will immediately follow for the new Sutherland Springs church building to be built next to the old church. The old church will currently and forever sit as a memorial for those lost loved ones. The church will be built of stone, symbolizing the strength and grit of a community that has been forever changed.
While it was hard to comprehend the incident, Pastor Pomeroy, who lost his own daughter in the s******g, reminded his congregation to put their faith in the Lord.
“You lean in to what you don’t understand, you lean into the Lord,” Frank Pomeroy told reporters during a press conference. “I don’t understand but I know my God does.”
Also speaking along with s******g survivor David Colbath, his son Morgan Colbath, and Sherri Pomeroy’s sister Sylvia Timmons will participate in a prayer service with the president for the National Day of Prayer, the newspaper reports.
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“We did not expect a personal invitation to the White House from the President,” Sherri Pomeroy told the Express-News via text message. “When I received that email, I confirmed the legitimacy of the invitation and accepted, of course!”
The five Sutherland Springs visitors will be attending the National Day of Prayer’s evening services at the Capitol’s historic Statuary Hall. The Pomeroys will be interviewed by Pastor Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, and Frank Pomeroy will lead a short prayer — all live-streamed across the country.
They’ll also attend a private banquet the night before hosted by the Task Force.
“We are very honored that we are invited to the White House and asked to pray for our nation in this historic place,” Sherri Pomeroy said. “While this invitation is bittersweet because of the events that brought us to this place, may we never turn down a forum to share the gospel of Jesus Christ wherever it takes us.”
The National Day of Prayer will be held in Washington DC’s historic Statuary Hall, and is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was originally created in the year 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress. It was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.