How communities of faith respond to tragedy makes one proud to be an American.
(Sutherland Springs, TX)—[Faithwire.com] The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, has agreed to cover funeral expenses for all 26 of the victims killed during the massacre at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday. (Screengrab: One of the custom caskets made and offered without charge to shooting victims by Texan Trey Ganem/via Fox43)
The North American Mission Board, which is the domestic mission's arm of the SBC, has also had chaplains on the ground in an effort to help families and survivors.
"Since Sunday evening after the shooting, we've received assistance from Disaster Relief chaplains and have been reaching out to local churches to better understand what they need to rally around their friends and families," Ted Elmore, pastor of church relations for the Southern Baptist Texas Convention, said in a statement.
The agency also made the funeral offer this week, according to The Baptist Press.
And the denomination isn't alone, as the Texas state government has also stepped in, with the attorney general office's Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Fund pledging $6,500 for each victim to help offset funeral costs, NBC reported.
Meanwhile, there's been support from Texas businessman Trey Ganem, 46, who owns a private casket company; he generously offered caskets free-of-charge for victims...
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