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German church opens its doors after terror killings: ‘We should not give in to fear’

A German church around the corner from one of the deadly attacks in the city of Hanau on Wednesday has opened its doors for people who want to mourn, pray, or speak with someone. "Our prayer goes out to the families that lost their loved ones. You know, at the end of the day, they're children of God, it doesn't matter their religious background."


“Our first response was to ensure that we have our church premises open for anybody who just seeks a place of residence, spiritually, to just be in the presence of God to get a moment of silence, to get prayer”. 

Charnell Knorzr- Okpekpe, the bishop’s wife said, adding they checked on all their members, who all ended up being safe.

“This world needs Jesus.  We need love, we need peace, and not to be scared. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. We should not forget that. Whether it was a hate crime or terror attack, we should not give in to fear.”

“We also have worship going on so the doors are literally open. And we have a note that everybody’s welcome whoever wants prayer, or just to sit there and think about what had happened, not just fellow Christians, but anybody that may pass.” she continued.

Charity Church in Hanau had just finished Bible study around the time of the attack.

Picture is only illustration and shows Marienkirche in central Hanau.
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