July 26, 2011
Letter to Rolf Ekenes, General Secretary, Norwegian Organization for Mission and Evangelism
On behalf of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, I wish to extend to you our deepest sympathy in the horrific and tragic events of last Friday.
We grieve with you in the loss of life, particularly of so many young people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the parents and families of the victims, with the religious and political leaders speaking into this massacre, and with all the people of Norway in this time in this time of sorrow and brokenness, hurt and anger.
The views and beliefs of the perpetrator are diametrically opposed to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, despite the perpetrator’s self-identification with Christianity. May our daily lives and actions reflect our discipleship as followers of Jesus, and in this witness manifest the goodness, justice, righteousness and mercy of our Lord and God.
May God give you wisdom and grace, as you and the evangelical community in Norway process your shared grief with your fellow Norwegians and as you live out Gospel in word and deed; bearing witness to the hope found only in Him.
Editor's note: The European Evangelical Alliance also responded immediately to the mass killings in Norway. The EEA is part of the World Evangelical Alliance of which the EFC is also a member.
Bruce J. Clemenger, President,
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada