Pastor James Burke of the Grace Brethren Church in Riner, Virginia (Roanoke area) is one of our Grace Brethren pastors closest to the site of the Virginia Tech tragedy.
When asked whether there are specific ways the Fellowship can be praying for people in their area, James responded with this note:
Thank you for your prayers — our community is still in shock. We do have some members who are employees of VT, but they are all safe.
We also have several members in law enforcement who are very shaken. We were not able to have a prayer service in our church building because the high winds had blown over many trees and we had no power.
I have volunteered to assist in counseling, and am going to an orientation tomorrow. Please pray that we will have opportunities to minister, opportunities to share the gospel, and wisdom in interacting with the community.