Uvalde pastor hails local community as ‘a light that shines in the darkness’ – 104.5 WOKV

UVALDE, Texas — As the community of Uvalde, Texas mourns the unimaginable loss of 19 children and two teachers killed in a mass shooting, a man of faith called it his toughest day as a pastor. , but remains convinced that “the grace of God” will make them pass.

Pastor Doug Swimmer of The Potter’s House Church Of Uvalde, a local non-denominational church, has joined ABC News’ hello america Wednesday in the aftermath of the Robb Elementary School shooting.

“When you see these families broken in this way, what the world needs and what our community needs is a light that shines in the dark and that’s who we are as Uvaldians,” Swimmer said.

The swimmer said that immediately after the news, his wife encouraged him to go to the hospital where he “announced himself as a pastor and we were able to pray with everyone in the waiting room”.

“It has been very difficult for me as a pastor to see our community in this tragic time,” he said. “But I know one thing that will help us is God’s grace and God’s love.”

The swimmer, who has worked closely with Uvalde’s families both through his ministry and as a physiotherapy technician, said it was a close-knit community.

“We see them at Walmart, we see them at HEB – at football games – we see each other pretty much every day in the community and we’re very close,” he said. “I just want to extend my condolences to the families, to everyone who has helped this community, to the DPS officers, to the surrounding counties who have come to help us. We are grateful and we are grateful and this community will come together and we will we’ll get out.”

He also highlighted how he hopes faith in this difficult time can bring a sense of healing.

“There will always be [tragedy] in life, but I know one thing that we Texans understand is that God is still God and He is able to heal. He is able to provide comfort in times of distress,” Swimmer said. “We are strong in Uvalde, but also as a community. We are here to let everyone know that we feel your prayers and we are grateful and we will get through this because we are strong in Uvalde.”