Our team is in Newtown, Connecticut this weekend for a series of events in the community. As we visited Sandy Hook, we heard many stories of those who were shaken by the tragic school shooting in December 2012. Pastor Clive Calver of Walnut Hill Community Church told our team, “This is a very special place… you see the deep pain that this place has felt, and that’s why we are so grateful you are here.”
We are all struck by how small and quaint this town is… it is tough to believe that such a brutal act could take place in this tiny picturesque place, and it is evident that the trauma runs deep.
Acknowledging the difficult circumstances that brought about our visit, Ravi Zacharias shared:
It is an honor to visit Newtown. We often wish that the circumstances under which we got to know a place would be different, but it doesn’t always work out that way, and there are some sad circumstances that bring about ministry opportunities. We feel unworthy to stand here and bring even a semblance of hope, but the message that we bring is really not our own; it is a message from Him who sees all things.To the families who were personally impacted by the tragic school shooting in Sandy Hook, may God – who alone is able to carry you through – carry you every moment of every day. In the midst of your grief, may God comfort you and sustain you… He alone is big enough to cradle you in His arms, and He is the healer of our wounds.
Please do pray for our RZIM team as we engage with those in the community this weekend, that God will give us the wisdom and sensitivity to help bring comfort and hope to those who are desperately seeking answers. Pray especially for Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, and Nabeel Qureshi as they speak and answer questions. We have several private meetings scheduled as well as an open forum on Saturday night and the Sunday morning services at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel.