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Sutherland Church Massacre Survivors Invited to WH for National Day of Prayer

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Several victims of the deadly mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, have been invited to the White House for the  National Day of Prayer Thursday. 

Frank and Sherri Pomeroy, the church's pastor and his wife, and several other members will join President Donald Trump for a prayer at 11 a.m.

"We did not expect a personal invitation to the White House from the President," Sherri Pomeroy told My San Antonio. "When I received that email, I confirmed the legitimacy of the invitation and accepted, of course!"

This comes months after a gunman open fired on the church during Sunday morning worship on November 5th killing 26 people. Since then, the community has mourned and worked to recover from the horrible event.

While it was hard to comprehend the deadly shooting, Pastor Pomeroy, who lost his own daughter in the shooting, reminded his congregation to put their faith in the Lord. 

"You lean in to what you don't understand, you lean into the Lord," Frank Pomeroy told reporters during a press conference. "I don't understand but I know my God does."

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Emily Jones is a multi-media journalist for CBN News in Jerusalem. Before she moved to the Middle East in 2019, she spent years regularly traveling to the region to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, meet with government officials, and raise awareness about Christian persecution. During her college years, Emily served as president of Regent University's Christians United for Israel chapter and spoke alongside world leaders at numerous conferences and events. She is an active member of the Philos Project, an organization that seeks to promote positive Christian engagement with the Middle