Manchester, England

A message from Clint Harper

Dear Supports, Friends, and Family,

It is not my delight to be contacting you today, but in light of the recent explosion and act of violence in Manchester, I just wanted to write you all and let you know I’m safe.

It’s these days that feel the most surreal, as I write this I can hear the wings of helicopters flying overhead and emergency vehicles rushing through the streets. It’s these kinds of things that stick with you as a reminder of how close to home evil truly is.
As of right now it’s reported that 22 have been killed, 56 injured and a number more still missing in the explosion at the Manchester Arena for the Ariana Grande Concert last night. It was a suspected suicide bombing in the foyer of the arena.

This is just a half mile away from our church in the city centre. A mile from my flat. In the heart of England’s second city.

Over the past months, I’ve learned to call this place my home, and it definitely hurts like it is my home.

But God has me here, in this city and at City Church Manchester for such a time as this.

Be praying for the city, the churches, City Church Manchester and the leadership especially, and for me as I minister to and support those here in the city and at the Universities.

We’ve just started a series in Revelation learning to anchor our faith in the fact that “God wins, so keep going.”

This Sunday one of our pastors Ralph will be preaching in Revelation 1:17-18 which is a timely reminder: “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
Revelation 1:17-18 NIV

We will have a praying meeting tonight with the church family, please be praying as we work out the details as to where and how the safest way to do that is.

Love you all and thank you for you’re support and prayer.

Grace and peace to you,
Clint Harper

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