In response to the Orlando, USA, nightclub shooting that claimed 50 lives and left 53 people injured, General André Cox has recorded a video message in which he calls on Salvationists and friends from around the world to 'demonstrate God's mercy in a practical and tangible way'. He offers prayers for everyone affected by the tragedy, and for 'President Obama and government officials who need to provide leadership in these days'.
Picking up on the Orlando Area Commander's report that disaster team members had asked how they could help their 'neighbours', the General makes the link with Jesus giving special emphasis to the command 'Love your neighbour' – even when that neighbour has different beliefs or comes from another culture.
Speaking to an international audience of Salvationists and friends, the General lays down a strong challenge: 'Let us as The Salvation Army rise up and be mobilised, showing God's love to those who may not expect to be loved by us. Let’s transcend the man-made barriers that seek to divide us from our "neighbour". And let's do it today, with God's help.'
The video is available on the International Headquarters Facebook page (facebook.com/SalvationArmyIHQ), from where it can be shared easily, and on the General's website, salvationarmy.org/thegeneral