Recently Viewed: Thomas Kemper at the Istanbul Airport During the Terror Bombing *UPDATED*

UPDATED 06/30/16 11:30am CT

Istanbul Airport

Hiding out amidst chaos
Thomas Kemper was in the Turkish Airlines lounge when the bomb blasts went off.
“Everybody started running and went in all directions,” he said.
He ended up in a back room off the kitchen, where he hid behind some boxes with another man.
“You have all these images of the terrorist coming and trying to kill you,” he said. “You have these stories with Orlando and Paris and you think now they’re coming for you.”
After about 30 to 40 minutes, security personnel ushered everyone out.
Kemper, the general secretary for the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, said most of the people with him in the lounge were Muslim.
“This is a moment that should deepen our solidarity with all people who suffer from violence and terror,” he said. “I felt this common humanity among us, whatever our faiths, that we need to reach out and take our hands and change this.”

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Thomas_Kemper001Thomas Kemper is the top executive of the General Board of Global Ministries. From 1986-1994, he served as a missionary in Brazil before returning to his native Germany to lead ecumenical learning at the Lippische Landeskirche, a regional church of the Association of Protestant Churches. From 1998-2010 he served as mission leader for the United Methodist German Central Conference. Prior to his current role as General Secretary he was a member of the Global Ministries Board of Directors. He is married to Barbara Hüfner-Kemper and the father of three children: Ana, 20, Lena, 19, and Joshua, 15.

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