Leith Anderson, NAE president, sent a letter to Clement Diedrichs, director of the National Council of Evangelicals in France, expressing solidarity with our brothers and sisters in France and a commitment to pray for them.

Dear Clement,

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4).

On behalf of the National Association of Evangelicals in the United States, we express our solidarity with you and mourn the senseless loss of lives in your country. We are shocked and saddened.

Churches all over the United States are praying for Paris. We pray for the families of those killed that they would know the comfort that comes from God. We pray for those injured that they would experience full recovery. We pray for the people of Paris and France that even as they seek answers and justice they would not be paralyzed by fear or embittered by anger and a desire for revenge.

We pray for our evangelical brothers and sisters that you will be anointed by God’s Spirit to be messengers of hope to the grieving, the confused, the frightened, and the despairing. We pray that your witness would point them to the God who is present and active in our world and who offers abundant life to those who accept his salvation and choose to follow him. We pray that you would be empowered to serve as peacemakers to those who desire peace but do not know where and how to find it.

With the prayers and love of your brothers and sisters in the USA,

Leith Anderson
National Association of Evangelicals

Leith Anderson
Leith Anderson is president emeritus of the National Association of Evangelicals and pastor emeritus of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He served as NAE president from 2007-2019, after twice serving as interim president. He served as senior pastor of Wooddale Church for 35 years before retiring in 2011. He has been published in many periodicals and has written over 20 books. Anderson has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Bradley University and Denver Seminary.