SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, issues the following statement:
“Another day and tragically, another shooting at one of our nation’s schools, this time at Santa Fe, TX High School. Sadly, these tragedies are becoming so common, many have questioned the power of prayer. But we must keep praying as a first priority. Each and every time another tragedy like this occurs our prayers are an acknowledgment that God, and only God, is our ever-present help in our time of need. Our collective prayers also reconnect us to each other and salve the wounds of this unthinkable violence. When an entire nation prays, those prayers have the power to reclaim the dignity of our shared humanity and proclaim again and again how our schools, our country, and our world should be, even when they look frightfully different.
“As parents, Eva and I are heartbroken for the community of Santa Fe and for the parents and loved ones of those children who won’t be coming home today. We ask God to be near to all those whose lives have been impacted by this terrible tragedy and we pray that His love and comfort would surpass our human ability to understand.”
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, executive producer of The Impossible with 20th Century Fox, and bestselling author of “Shake Free” which releases nationwide on May 22, 2018. He has been named by CNN and Fox News as “the leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement” and TIME Magazine nominated him among the 100 most influential leaders in America.
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference is recognized and identified by Time Magazine, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, Charisma Magazine, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, Fox News and CNN as America’s largest and most influential Hispanic/Latino Christian organization with 40,118 certified member churches in the United States and chapters throughout Latin America.