"Survivor Sunday reminds us to not only rejoice with those who rejoice but also to mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15). It is a time for us to be in solidarity with gun violence survivors, their loved ones, witnesses, and communities. It is also a time to share hope in the midst of darkness. Jesus told His disciples that some things can only be driven out through prayer. (Mark 9:29) Survivor Sunday reminds us of the power of prayer to change us and the world around us. We have an opportunity to begin a prayer journey. Prayer is fueled by faith (Matthew 21:22), delivers (Psalm 107:28), calms storms (Psalm 107:29-30), opens doors (Matthew 7:7), and calls forth needed resources for the work (Mark 11:24, John 14:13-14). Gun violence leaves a wake of trauma and tragedy in its aftermath. Survivor Sunday reminds us that "because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your (His) faithfulness." May we use Survivor Sunday to be a light in the darkness, to provide hope in the face of fear, and to seek our transformation and the transformation of others. Let us cry out to the Lord for the healing of our land with full confidence that we will not be consumed!"
- Romanita Hairston-Overstreet, Program Director, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and Former Vice President of Domestic Programs, WORLD VISION
- Bishop Garland R Hunt Sr., The Father's House, Atlanta, GA
“I’m so excited to see courageous leaders like those supporting Survivor Sunday rise up and call attention to a desperately needed conversation about gun violence. Wherever you fall on the spectrum of the political debate about gun laws, we can all agree that it’s a tragedy when people are massacred with a gun. Let’s stand together, let’s righteously protest evil, let’s put our political positions aside and our heads together to figure out a better way to prevent tragedies like Las Vegas 2017 and Orlando 2016 from happening again.”
- Preston Sprinkle, NY Times best-selling author of "Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence"
“The gun violence we see in movies, usually void of the devastating consequences, are rarely a true depiction of the horrific reality. One momentary, cold-hearted act sets off a chain of broken hearts, shattered families, inconsolable loved ones, neighborhoods trapped in fear, forever altering the soul of a community. The collateral damage of a life violently ended too soon, continues for generations. On this SurvivorSunday, PRAY that God would heal our land, leading us away from violence, hate and murder to love, kindness and understanding. PRAY that God would bring comfort to the afflicted with His loving Presence. And PRAY that God would mend the broken hearts that have been visited by senseless loss.”
- Dan Rupple, CEO, MasterMedia International