Commissioner Andy Westrupp, Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Territory, has issued the following statement following today's mosque shootings in Christchurch:
'The Salvation Army stands with our Muslim brothers and sisters today, and totally condemns this unprecedented act of violence in Christchurch towards people who were peacefully at worship.
'The horror of these attacks reminds us of our shared humanity and the urgent need to stand for love and peace. Everyone will do that in their own way, some by praying, as we will. The response of caring for others is another way - this is also the path that our faith calls us to. But regardless of religious belief, caring is a response that we can all share.
'Our church staff, particularly those near the sites of these attacks, were able to provide comfort, support and transport for those who needed it immediately after. We will be working closely with authorities and other support agencies in the coming days about the help we can provide.
'We think of all those in Christchurch today who will be feeling anxious and grief-stricken. You are not alone. We stand with you.
'I am asking all our Salvation Army churches to be at prayer over the weekend.'