08 August 2011

Methodist minister in Tottenham offers support to victims of London riots

The minister of St Mark's Methodist Church in High Road, Tottenham, is among a group of Christian leaders offering support to the victims of the riots in Tottenham.

This afternoon Methodist minister the Revd Dr Valentin Dedji will visit the family of Mark Duggan who was shot dead on Thursday. The Revd Dr Valentin Dedji, who has been a Methodist minster in Tottenham for 11 years, said that the damage caused by the riots was horrendous.

"There are many families who have become homeless overnight," he said. "Many public services and private businesses have been destroyed. The rebuilding process will be long.

"We work very strongly ecumenically in Tottenham. We think that it is our mandate to grieve with those who are grieving. We want to support the families and victims of the riots; to be with them and to pray with them whenever there is loss of life. We don't know yet why or what happened; that is part of the healing process."

This evening Christians will gather with other faith leaders in Tottenham to hold a peace vigil in Monument Way at 7pm.

"I have received calls from Australia, Canada, France and Kenya offering support," said the Revd Dr Valentin Dedji. "The support from colleagues, ordinary community members and friends from abroad has been very uplifting. What we need is the continuing prayerful support from everyone. Above all, may God give us his wisdom, his spirit of discernment and guidance."

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