of the EFC. That fateful night there were about 40 people
meeting in the church when the shootings took place, in
proximity to the church property. For over four hours the
40 were locked in the church, and then, when deemed safe
by the RCMP, they were allowed to leave – two by two.
Some in the neighbourhood witnessed the shootings
first hand, and others hid in their basements fearing for
Kreplin is trained in critical incident stress management, as is his wife Eleanor, who is also trained in trauma
and works as a therapeutic counselor. After the “all clear”
was issued they immediately began working with their
neighbours, helping people gathered in small groups to
process their experiences at a physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual level.
“For such a time is this” were words
Eleanor read one morning in the Book
of Esther – a fitting verse to describe this
uniquely trained and located couple who
provided the very care and support needed.
Martin Kreplin preached on the need for
forgiveness that Sunday. Yes, he said, it may
be too soon for some to make the transition
to forgiveness, but the alternative is letting
the anger fester into bitterness, which is a cancer to the soul.
It is forgiveness that enables us to begin to love despite what was done, and reach out in compassion and
not judgement. Love does not mean the one who hurt us
should go unpunished, but it does mean we should seek
to model ourselves after Jesus, who loved us in spite of
what we do or say.
Love and judgement are not contradictory. Rather, justice is a dimension of the love of God, and how we love
The city seemed lighter after the service, a vital part of
the healing process. But healing will take much longer.
Kreplin pointed out to me that the city motto is Resurgo,
“I rise again.” May this be true.
Throughout this summer and fall, let’s remember to
pray for the families and friends of the two wounded of-
ficers, the three fallen officers and for so many impacted
by the tragedy of their deaths. Let’s take time to thank
those who serve us and keep us safe. And let’s pray for
those like the Kreplins who minister to their neighbours,
giving comfort and hope. FT
BRuCE J. ClEMEn GER is president of the Evangelical
Fellowship of Canada. please pray for our work. You can
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The city was sombre. From airport staff to restaurant waiters, everyone was pleasant and friendly, but also subdued. Moncton was preparing to host thousands
of police officers, gathered to mourn the loss of three fallen RCMP officers. The violence had rocked the city, and
many were experiencing the trauma of the shootings in
otherwise quiet and safe streets.
As I flew into Moncton that June morning, the flight
was full of police from across the country coming to show
their solidarity and heartfelt sympathy. I sat
beside a pregnant RCMP officer travelling
with her five-year-old daughter. The officer,
stationed in northern Saskatchewan but
raised in Moncton, told me she joined the
RCMP to make a difference in the lives of
the people in the community she serves.
She says she still looks for ward to going
to work each day.
The memorial service was a tribute to the lives and
passion of the three – David Ross, Douglas Larche and
Fabrice Gevaudan. All were dedicated to their families as
husbands and fathers, and to their work of serving and
protecting others. One was Catholic, one Evangelical, one
spiritualist – for each, their faith played an integral part in
their lives and their work.
The loss of the three will be felt for a lifetime by family,
friends and the community.
The city came together in the days between the senseless murders, the arrest and the memorial service. The
city too will require time to heal from the trauma. For
some who witnessed the shooting firsthand or were locked
down for fear of death, life will never be the same.
In the midst of the neighbourhood where the murders
occurred stands St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Its pastor is Martin Kreplin, a member of the board of directors
Forgiveness and Healing
the RCMp funeral in Moncton was a pro-
found experience we can all learn from.
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the city will
to heal from