Daniel R. Jackson, President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, issued a statement by video from Orlando Florida on the Pulse Club Shooting in Orlando, Florida. Jackson traveled with his wife Donna to Orlando to offer encouragement and support.
A post accompanying the video message on the North American Division's Facebook page said:
WATCH a VIDEO MESSAGE from Pastor Dan Jackson who traveled to Orlando, Florida with Donna Jackson. They went to support and encourage the families of the Pulse Club mass shooting victims and the Adventist Churches, pastors, and chaplains that are serving them with love and compassion. 4 Orlando Adventist Churches have offered their sanctuaries for free funeral services for the LGBT victims of #ThePulse shooting. The Jacksons stopped at one of the memorials for the 49 lives that were lost tragically as the result of hate in the deadliest mass shooting in US history. #LoveNotHate #LoveIsLoveIsLove #LoveAlwaysWins
Donna and I are here in Orlando, Florida at one of the many memorials that have been set up around this city to the victims of a vicious slaughter that took place only two or three blocks from here. We grieve with the families of the forty-nine victims who died and the fifty-three families who still are hoping and praying for the healing for those who were part of that tragedy. You know, we cannot make sense of the tragedies that take place in our lives though we understand a broad picture. But our hearts grieve with the LGBT community -- with those who’ve lost their loved ones and those who are still struggling. We’re praying that the healing Spirit of God will touch these lives and will bless them. A sign close by reads, “All Lives Matter,” and that is so true. Not only matter to the human family, but they also matter to God. God bless you.
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