The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'People's hearts were open'

Amid the aftermath of Sept. 11, God was present, say two of several specially trained ELCA chaplains who served at ground zero.

"I'll never forget how God was working through something so awful to reveal himself to so many people," says Daina Salnitis, interim pastor of Lutheran Church of the Apostles, Atlanta, and senior chaplain for the Alpharetta, Ga., police department.

"Whether I was in the subway or on a busy street, people would see my clerical collar and ask, 'Can you pray with me?' " Salnitis recalls. "People's hearts were open. They were craving to hear about God's comfort and peace."

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