Jun 14, 2016 by Will Maule

Trump Has A Personal Connection With Florida MegaChurch

Pastor Paula White was praying early Sunday morning before her church services began when she got a text saying there had been a massive shooting at a gay nightclub twenty minutes away. She immediately called her senior staff for a meeting and texted city officials, including the mayor, to let them know that her church would be there for the community in any capacity she could, reports TIME.

Later, she got a message from Donald Trump's campaign manager, asking what Trump could offer to help. White has been a friend of Trump's for years and has been working behind the scenes to support his presidential campaign’s faith outreach efforts.

“‘He’ll be there if you need him to for a prayer vigil,’” she says, quoting Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandoswki. “It was not, what can we do for political advantage, it was what can we actually do,” she adds. “His call to me was genuine concern, care and compassion.”

“I’m thankful that Mr. Trump is sensitive to this horrible American crime that he has saw fit to pause from campaigning to pray for the victims and their families,” Burns says.

As the day progressed, White sent some of New Destiny’s ministers down to ground zero, as well as Spanish and Hindu interpreters, at the request of city officials, she says. After services many church members joined the lines to donate blood. White also plans to offer to host memorials or funerals for victims if families ask.

Other local Churches have reached out to offer support. Delaney Baptist Church Pastor Troy Peeples lives just two bocks from the Pulse nightclub. Delaney Baptist Church's 1,900-member congregation began Sunday's worship service "with prayer for the victims' families, law enforcement agencies and first responders," said Peeples, who stressed that his church's focus is "on sharing the love of God through Jesus Christ to those who are hurting."

"It was announced in our service that blood was needed, so we encouraged our members to give blood and many did. We are looking into ways that we can minister to the various groups impacted by this tragedy," he explained. "Honestly, we are a little overwhelmed! We know that there are and will be many needs and we are praying how best meet some of those needs."

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