Rev. Rob Schenck, Founder, The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute
"Thank you for joining in this prayerful ministry to those who whose hearts have been broken and whose lives have been disrupted by gun violence."
Pastor James Ward, Senior Pastor, Insight Church, Chicago, IL
“While serving people, Jesus was deeply moved with compassion for them. I am proud to join thousands of caring and compassionate people across America, in praying for those affected by gun violence and honoring the memory of their precious loved ones—To simply pray to God our Father, who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3).
–Roxanna Green, CEO, Christina-Taylor Green Foundation and author of As Good As She Imagined
“Survivor Sunday is the opportunity I have been waiting for. It is a day created to encourage individuals and communities across the nation to come together, link arms and lift up those who have been affected by or lost a loved one to gun violence. Gun violence has taken and is taking too many lives in our country, leaving a devastating hole in the hearts of survivors who must grapple with the death of their loved ones. I know the pain that many of these families feel… My family and I experienced this firsthand when our daughter, Christina-Taylor Green, was killed by a senseless act of gun violence. Even before our daughter was killed at the tender age of 9, our family had been committed to preventing gun violence. Since we buried Christina-Taylor, we feel an even greater urgency to stop gun-related deaths in America. My desire is that no other parent, child, friend or loved one ever has to endure the pain my family has known since that fateful day in 2011. On Survivor Sunday, I’m looking forward to loving on and praying with other survivors for peace, comfort and protection against future gun violence.”
Lorenzo Neal, Author, Radio Host and Pastor, New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Mississippi)
"In 1980, my 25-year-old mother was shot and killed. Then in 2016, my 18-year-old nephew was also shot and killed. This Survivor Sunday, I will be honoring their memory and leading my congregation and community in prayer for countless others who have lost someone to gun violence. As believers in Christ, we have a wonderful opportunity this Survivor Sunday to be agents of change against senseless gun violence.”