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In Las Vegas, churches aid post-shooting recovery by Diana Chandler

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LAS VEGAS (BP) — Southern Baptists remain an active part of Las Vegas’ recovery as many are still hospitalized, blood-bank donation lines are long and first responders are overstretched 10 days after a gunman killed 58 and injured about 500 at an outdoor Las Vegas concert.

Jim Collins, founding pastor of Discovery Church in Las Vegas and a Nevada Baptist Convention mission strategist, has spoken with several pastors committed to helping the city recover, he told Baptist Press today (Oct. 11).

Responding to spiritual questions, praying, giving financially to victims’ families and delivering meals to first responders and families and friends of survivors still hospitalized are some of the ways congregations are helping, Collins said.

His congregation, which draws about 80-100 people to Sunday services at a local elementary school, is praying, giving financially and materially, and making a point of patronizing Las Vegas area businesses that might be suffering from diminished tourism revenue.

The Clark County Commission has established a victim support fund under the umbrella of the National Compassion Fund that allows 100 percent of donations to go directly to victims and their families, according to the website nationalcompassionfund.org.

“I know that some pastors are looking to donate through their church to that fund, because we know that all of that is going to go towards recovery for the victims’ families,” said Collins, whose own membership will give to the fund. “The most common things that I have heard from other churches are [they are holding] special prayer services.”

As recently as Oct. 6, 78 victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting remained hospitalized, including 34 in critical condition, the Washington Post reported. An exact number of those hospitalized today was not available to BP, but most of the injured had been treated at area hospitals and released.

Churches are finding key points of ministry, Collins said.

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