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Annabelle Pomeroy, pictured with her dad, Frank who pastored the church. Annabelle was killed in the shooting.

Church shooting survivors invited to White House prayer service

Members of the Texas church where 26 people lost their lives in November have been personally invited to visit the White House this week. President Donald Trump personally invited the survivors to the National Day of Prayer service.

Frank and Sherri Pomeroy, the church’s pastor and his wife, along with shooting survivor David Colbath, his son Morgan Colbath, and Sherri Pomeroy’s sister Sylvia Timmons, will participate in the prayer service with the president.

“We did not expect a personal invitation to the White House from the President,” Sherri Pomeroy told the Express-News via text message. “When I received that email, I confirmed the legitimacy of the invitation and accepted, of course!”

The five Sutherland Springs visitors will be attending the National Day of Prayer’s evening services at the Capitol’s historic Statuary Hall. The Pomeroys will be interviewed by Pastor Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, and Frank Pomeroy will lead a short prayer — all live-streamed across the country.

They’ll also attend a private banquet the night before hosted by the Task Force.

One of the 26 killed in the massacre was the Pomeroy’s 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle.

“We are very honored that we are invited to the White House and asked to pray for our nation in this historic place,” Sherri Pomeroy said. “While this invitation is bittersweet because of the events that brought us to this place, may we never turn down a forum to share the gospel of Jesus Christ wherever it takes us.”