At this time, Sri Lankans unite in a nationwide day of mourning to acknowledge greater than 290 bombing victims. Many Christians misplaced their lives when suicide bombers focused three church buildings with giant congregations.
“They targeted this day, Easter Sunday, because of the vast numbers of people they could impact,” provides Joe Handley, President of Asian Entry.
“Many are seeing this as an attack against humanity.”
The scenario stays fluid as police examine Sri Lanka’s worst day of violence for the reason that civil conflict resulted in 2009.
A nationwide state of emergency started yesterday, which permits authorities to arrest suspects with out courtroom orders. Officers reportedly blame Nationwide Thowheed Jamath, a neighborhood group of Islamic militants, for finishing up the assault; 24 folks have been arrested up to now.
“Police had received warnings about [National Thowheed Jamath] but they did not think the group had the capacity to pull off this kind of terror attack, so obviously there was outside influence,” notes Handley.
“It’s just a horrific tragedy to watch unfold, and we have been trying to rally support behind our friends and the Christian community of Sri Lanka.”
As extra particulars emerge within the coming days and weeks, please pray for Sri Lankan Christians. Pray for bombing victims’ households; ask the Lord to consolation them as they mourn the lack of their family members. Pray for greater than 500 individuals who survived these assaults however have been wounded.
“They (Christians) were hearing bombs right outside their church buildings, down the street, in their neighborhoods, and of course that caused fear,” Handley says.
Regardless of what they’ve skilled, believers are submitting their worry to God’s sovereignty and management. “They have a sense that God is doing something new in the country [and has been working] over the last few months,” he explains.
“They’re praying that this will be the ‘wake up call’ that can really catalyze the Church to be a light in society.”
Header picture courtesy of Leland Francisco through Flickr.