Christian music band We Are Worshippers shocked fans on Sunday when its members took to their official Facebook page to announce that the band’s tour bus was involved in a fatal accident.
“Friends, we seek your prayers. We Are Messengers’ bus was involved in an accident this morning south of Atlanta. The collision ignited the bus in flames,” read a message posted early on Sunday. “All of We Are Messengers escaped without injury, but the bus and everything in it was destroyed.”
There was at least one thing that the band did recover from the wreckage, though — an intact page from the Bible that featured Romans 5, a chapter titled, “Peace and Joy.” Despite being charred around the edges, the entirely readable scripture section deals with some stunning themes in light of the events that befell those involved in the tragic incident.
We found this in the wreckage of our bus today#hope and joy
Perhaps most pointedly, verses 2-5 read, “And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
In a follow-up message on Monday, the band offered up additional details and called the accident “traumatic,” explaining that the tour bus collided with a stationary vehicle that reportedly had no lights on and that the person inside that car “did not survive.”
“Both vehicles erupted in flames and came to a stop on the left side of the north-bound lanes of I-75,” the statement read. “The members of We Are Messengers escaped their burning vehicle before it was destroyed. … The members of We Are Messengers pray for peace for the family of the person who died on the scene. They are also deeply grateful for the support of so many in this time.”
Friends, we seek your prayers. We Are Messengers' bus was involved in an accident this morning south of Atlanta. The…
We Are Messengers frontman Darren Mulligan said in a Facebook Live video that he’s “heartbroken” and that he’s not sure what to say or feel, adding that the entire situation “hurts really bad.”
“We should have all been dead, but the Lord is good. God’s still good,” he said, thanking fans and asking for prayers. “I don’t know what to say.”
Watch Mulligan’s comments below:
The band lost all of its equipment and belongings on board the bus; a crowdfunding campaign has raised around $45,000 of a $50,000 goal to help replace what was on board.
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