SBC Offers To Pay For 26 Funerals, Rebuild Sutherland Springs Church

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has offered to cover the funeral expenses of every person lost in the terrible Sutherland Springs Church massacre which took place on Sunday, November 5. The ages of the victims ranged from unborn to elderly, and included Pastor Frank Pomeroy’s 14 year old daughter, Annabelle. Many families lost multiple members. The guest pastor and his wife both passed away. One family lost eight members, leaving only their 86 year old grandfather to mourn alone.

Following the tragedy, leaders from the SBC, a conservative Christian denomination, traveled to Sutherland Springs to speak with Mastor Pomeroy, express their condolences, and assist in recovery. A spokesperson for SBC, Sing Oldham, said that Pastor Pomeroy feels it would be far too painful to continue worshiping in the existing building. Plans are now underway to demolish it and transform the site into a memorial. A new church will be built on a nearby property which the church already owns.

An anonymous SBC member has offered to fund the construction of the new church building.

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On Wednesday night, Vice President Mike Pence attended a memorial service for all of the victims. Addressing the mourners, Pence called the shooter “deranged.” He said, “Whatever animated the evil that descended on that small church, if the attacker’s desire was to silence their testimony of faith, he failed.”

Back in 2012, the shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, was court-martialed for assaulting his wife and baby boy. His violence was so severe that he fractured the skull of his infant son. The case took some time, and in 2014, he was finally discharged for bad conduct. However, his crimes were never reported to the FBI database. This lapse in procedure is what allowed Kelley to purchase guns, when he never should have been able to attain them legally.

Thankfully, two good Samaritans — Johnnie Langendorff and Stephen Willeford — witnessed Kelley fleeing the scene of his heinous crimes. They pursued him by vehicle, traveling as fast as 95 MPH. When Kelley lost control of his vehicle, the gentlemen (one of whom is an NRA member) held Kelley at gunpoint until the police arrived.

Kelley, however, shot himself in the head rather than face earthly justice. Unbeknownst to him, his suicide landed him straight into the far more terrible judgement of the God beloved by Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church.

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