The Havre de Grace Seventh Day Adventist Church is a small congregation comprised almost entirely of immigrants from Haiti.
At a Saturday service one day after the massacre in Connecticut, parents in a small rented chapel seemed to be holding onto their children a little more closely than usual. And maybe praying a little harder than usual.
"My heart goes to those families, and I say, 'God, please help them.' That's all I can say, 'God, please help them.' I mean, what could you say to somebody like this," explained Grace Charitable, who is a registered nurse and the wife of the Minister.
It's a two-hour service, here, conducted both in French Creole and in English. The minister asked for a special prayer for the families suffering from the slaughter in Western Connecticut. And he called on all Christians to support the survivors in their grief.
"We need to stand up with those who are experiencing this, this kind of evil, this kind of terrible situation," said Dr. Rodney Charitable from the pulpit. "And stand by them to let them know: even in this situation, there is hope because Jesus still loves them." That plea was followed by a chorus of "Amens" from the pews.
Guest speaker Rocky Twyman called on the congregants to channel their frustration into demands for more controls on firearms. His message resonated with some in the pews.
"We pray for the leaders of the country to do something," said church mender Jean David Cadet, shaking his head. "Because what happened yesterday will happen another time. In another place. So, God help us."
Congregant Jean David Cadet says he actually supports the Second Amendment right to bear arms, but believes that ammunition clips with many bullets (and assault weapons) should not be generally available to the public.
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