After Buffalo Shooting, Pastor’s First Phone Call Sparked Community Response

Two pastors’ newfound friendship gave their churches an unexpected opportunity to serve their community together when the May 14 Tops Friendly Market shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., unfolded directly across the street from one of their congregations.

“When the shooting happened, I called him first,” said church planter Eric Napoli, of his friend Mark Hamilton, whom he had met not long before the tragic incident.

Hamilton pastors Faithful Stones Church, which sits at the same intersection as the popular grocery store that became the site of a racially charged shooting that killed 10 people.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press, Brandon Elrod

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