On July 23, the Adventist Church in Munich responded to the tragic attack occured on Friday evening in Munich.
On the evening of July 22, a 18-year-old German-iranian student killed nine people in front of the Olympia Mall in Munich-Moosach.
On his Facebook page, Adventist World President Ted Wilson called on to pray for the victims’ families.
The Adventist congregation in Munich-Waldfrieden canceled the Celebration for its 5th Anniversary - planned for July 24 - because of the tragic event. Instead, the Church hosted a memorial service for the victims of the attack.
During the service, Pastor Miodrag Jovanovic called on to believe still in good in spite of all evil in the world. Jovanovic highlighted also the excellent work of the police and of so many helping citizens. Finally, Jovanovic called on the audience to be "messengers of comfort and confidence."
"As Adventists in Bayern we were surprised by the attack of yesterday evening, just like all other citizens in Munich", said the President of the Regional Adventist Church of Bavaria, Pastor Wolfgang Dorn.
"We are concerned about the development of violence and terror in our country. As Adventist believers, we want our churches to be places of refuge for the weak and for the suffering. Our churches should be a safe place for people who are longing for protection and security and who live in areas affected by sin and suffering", so Dorn.
The victims of the attack in Munich were mostly teenagers.
"We mourn the death of boys and girls, Germans and foreigners, Christians and Muslims. Never should a father see the death of his children. Never should a mother mourn the loss her offspring”, so the Inter-European Division’s Public Relations Office.
“We pray for an end of hatred and violence. May God console the hearts of all those who were involved in this tragedy. Let us stand up for love and reconciliation. Let us come together, in deep harmony.”