Sunday, March 8, 2009

First Baptist Church in Maryville, IL

I write my new post today with a sad and heavy heart. My cousin Paul is a youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Maryville, IL, where a man came in the church with a gun and a knife and went to the pastor and shot him. He did not survive. Several of the men jumped him and brought him down, a couple of them were injured also. Paul is devastated over this as is the congregation. He has taken this very hard since he seen the whole thing happen. I am asking prayer for him and his family and the people of this church. There are people in route right now headed there to help them in this time. It is so good to know you can count on God's people in whatever problem comes our way to be there and help in whatever way they can even if it just praying, which prayer is not taken lightly at all. Thank you, Debbie


  1. Wow, Debbie. I have been praying for this church since I first heard about it this morning. Can't imagine what your cousin must be going through. Just devastating!

  2. I heard that on the news this morning. Devastating! What a horible thing to have seen. I will be praying for the whole congregation, as well as the families of those who were hurt and killed. Such a tragedy.

  3. Oh, Debbie - I will be praying for this family. I can't imagine what that whole church is going through. I am a pastor's wife myself - this is kinda scary. Do they know who the gunman was?