Preparing for the Worst, Praying for the Best
Terrorist attack Brussels
Through the dust, darkness and a smoke-filled tunnel, bloodied, shocked, walked survivors of the Metro bomb and the Terrorist attack Brussels. Victims of this horror were from a variety of faiths and nationalities. These attacks brought rail services 220 miles away to a halt as Eurostar suspended its services. Thereby further highlighting the international impact of such indiscriminate and evil actions. Although targeted for the maximum amount of casualties and disruption, the targets were soft targets in the transport network.
So giving pastoral support to the staff and passengers of Eurostar is the Railway Mission’s, Steve Rowe. While, not the target of this terrorist attack, the effect on staff and passengers travelling into and out of Brussels was noticeable.
Although It has been said that the UK has been lucky not to have experienced a terror attack such as the July 7th, 2005 terror attack. The aforementioned attack was when a group of fanatical terrorists struck in the heart of London. However, our ‘luck’ is driven by two important elements; one, a dedicated and professional inelegance and security service. But above all the second element is the prayers of the saints and the most imprtant. Nevertheless, expecting and preparing for such atrocities the police helped to keep us safe.
Working with BTP and the Railway Industry our dedicated expert chaplaincy team, Railway Mission has been there to support railway recovery teams, at all major incidents.
An Expression of Christian Love
Consequently via chaplaincy the Church has a physical expression of Christian love and support to BTP and the railway. In contrast, despite this, every day there are tragedies and chaplains offer hope to people when their marriages are failing or diagnosed with serious illnesses etc.
Director Liam Johnston said, “As a team, we walk between the shadow and light. Our team bring hope to those in need; leading one person at a time from the shadow of destruction into the light of salvation.”
For further information about our work at UK Major Incidents please see other blog posts such as Manchester Bomb Attack