Christians Reach Out To Sikh Neighbors After Temple Shooting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Oak Creek church is offering assistance and prayer to Sikhs in the wake of deadly shooting

A woman uses a phone as people react outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wi, where a shooting took place Sunday, Aug 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- Christians are offering help and comfort to their Sikh neighbors after the shootings that left six worshippers and the gunman dead at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis.

The Rev. Jim Jodrey, associate pastor of Harvest Community Church, admits his congregation knew very little about the Sikhs or the religion they practiced less than a mile down the road before Sunday's rampage.

But Jodrey says church members are now meeting their Sikh neighbors and offering them material assistance as well as prayer.

He says Christians know that "we live in a very fallen world," but believe that God has a plan.

The gunman's motive wasn't immediately known, but Jodrey recognizes that his church could easily have been attacked instead.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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