Bishop Álvaro Lima, who heads the UCKG HelpCentre in the UK and is based at its headquarters in Finsbury Park, has expressed deepest sympathy with everyone affected by the tragic incident on Seven Sisters Road on the night of June 18/19, when one man died and 10 other people were injured.
He said: “The thoughts and prayers of our bishops, pastors and congregation are with the grieving, the injured, their families and friends, and everyone who is suffering emotionally or has had their life disrupted as a result. It is a terrible thing when innocent people going about the observance of their faith and their normal lawful lives are subjected to wanton violence. This simply does not belong in the London we know and love.
“As a consequence of the incident, we had to keep our main doors (on Seven Sisters Road) closed for some hours as requested by the police; they are now open again. But there was always full access to our building and services via our office entrance nearby on Coleridge Road.
“More importantly, however, I cannot stress too strongly, that we are always here to help alleviate human suffering and are here for everyone in these challenging times. I, personally, and my team are available to make home and/or hospital visits to whoever is in need, irrespective of faith, or none, or any other factor whatsoever. Call in at the HelpCentre or call our 24-hour helpline on 020 7686 6000 and we will be there.
“Finally, our thoughts and prayers are with the police and emergency services who, once again, rose nobly to the need, and to everyone who is dedicated to addressing the challenges faced by our city and our world. We look forward to a safer, happier and more united London, and are committed to playing our part in bringing that to fruition.”
Notes to editors
UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith through its branches in England and Wales.
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