Peoples Digest Online – Video taken inside the Texas church where more than 25 people were slaughtered on Sunday during a morning service shows parishioners happily worshiping together and playing with their kids — just one week before the shooting.
The First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs regularly posts its weekly services to its YouTube page, and investigators are now combing the footage for clues that could possibly shed more light on what happened in the state’s deadliest mass shooting.
The tape from last Sunday — titled “Proverbs 3 – You Don’t Need Training Wheels, You Need Christ!” — shows pastor Frank Pomeroy addressing his flock, many of whom are with small children.
He can be seen standing in front of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle as he discusses riding with his daughter, Annabelle, who was reportedly killed in Sunday’s shooting.
“It’s been neat lately,” he says. “Annabelle’s been wanting to ride with me, and going with me here and there…She was a trouper — she did not complain…She rode, and we had a good time coming in. It was a beautiful ride. Yes, it was a little chilly, but..the sun was just coming up as we were riding down 467 and we saw the sun starting to break over. That is a beautiful time to be on a motorcycle…We had a good ride.”
Pomeroy’s last message to churchgoers before dismissing them for the day was for them to trust in God’s plan — no matter how bad or hard it may seem.
“We serve a God that’s greater than any normality that we think we know, and for that reason, I don’t have to trust my understanding, I say thank you Jesus,” Pomeroy explains. “I still sometimes wake up and say, “God, why me?” But then I sit back and say, ‘Thank you, Jesus.’”
At least 26 people were killed and another 20 injured during the mass shooting at First Baptist on Sunday. The gunman, identified as Devin Kelley, of New Braunfels, TX., later took his own life after a brief chase. It’s unclear if he ever attended First Baptist or visited in the weeks before the massacre.