Thursday, July 28, 2011
The Salvation Army in Norway has been a comforting presence as the public honors those impacted by the heartbreaking bombing and shooting attacks last week. Many Salvationists are wearing uniforms or Salvation Army logo so that the public can easily identify them to seek prayer and support.
Members of The Salvation Army joined the ‘Rose March’ in Oslo, attended by more than 150,000 people, with appeals to show love and to stand together in the face of hurt. Salvation Army officers and soldiers also joined the crowd in front of Oslo University where the royal family, prime minister and many others held a moment of silence on Monday.
The Salvation Army Norway’s youth department has sent a letter of condolence to the Labour Party’s youth organization, many members of which were killed in the atrocities.
Colonel Jan Peder Fosen of The Salvation Army Norway says that so far no Salvationists are known to have been killed. There are, however, victims who have known links to Salvation Army churches. Corps officers are counseling those who have lost friends or family members.
More than 200 children and leaders gathered at a 5 day Salvation Army camp outside Oslo on Sunday to take part in activities including dance, music, singing and drama. A Salvation Army counselor has been available at the camp and gave counseling to all the leaders on Sunday.
Colonel Fosen says, “It was most moving when many of these 6 to 13-year-old children wrote in their own words prayers about the tragedy and placed them on a wall. [There were] beautiful words about love and sorrow.”
He concludes by saying that Salvationists and friends in Norway are truly grateful for the “many emails, letters and words of prayer during these days from The Salvation Army around the world.”
Please continue to pray for the nation of Norway and those impacted by this tragedy.
To read the full press release, click here.