STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — After the massive attack at a church in Sri Lanka on Sunday left 290 people dead and more than 500 injured, a valley church is reaching out in support.
Cornerstone Church of Augusta is apart of the Association of Cornerstone Networks International, an organization that has several churches throughout the world.
On Monday, Pastor Greg Mayo got in contact with the pastor of their sister church in Sri Lanka to check that they were OK.
"We were able to communicate through Facebook messenger," Mayo said. "He reached out and just let us know that he's OK, but that the country is devastated."
Pastor Mayo said the church in Sri Lanka was about 30 minutes away from where the bombing happened and the church was unsure of when it will meet again.
"This kind of thing has a community impact," Mayo said. "Particularly mentally and emotionally, and of course spiritually as well."
Mayo says now their sister church is focusing on what resources the community needs to start the recovery.
This Saturday, Pastor Mayo and other religious leaders in the valley will be hosting a prayer service for persecuted Christians at 6:30 p.m. at Church on the Hill in Fisherville. They will also be talking about how they can help those in Sri Lanka heal.