Church ready to help victims, families through painful time
As a pastor of a church within the St. Charles community, I was appalled and quite taken back by the atrocity and — let’s call it what it is — evil, that 10 young boys have fallen prey to the actions of one who should have been a trusted mentor. Many in our church congregation feel as I do and we want to say to each of the families that we love you and are praying for you during this time of confusion, hurt and even anger that you may be experiencing.
We are here for you if you need someone to talk to. We are here for you in prayer. We are standing by your side ready and willing to offer support and comfort in any way that we can. We have professional counselors, mentors and spiritual leaders who are prepared to stand with you in support.
Jesus tells us to “love your neighbor as yourself” which is the most important commandment in the Bible equal to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37-40). In times like these, our desire is to stand by you and lift you up spiritually, emotionally, and physically where we can. We are certainly lifting you up in our prayers.
Please let us know at The Church At St. Charles how we can assist you through this difficult time in your life and in the lives of your children.
Fred Caudle, Waldorf The writer is the senior pastor of The Church At St. Charles.