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Recently, some Open Doors’ field workers were able to visit nine families of the deceased and seven of the injured from the Easter bombings at Zion Church in Sri Lanka. In the blast, 29 people from Zion Church were killed. 14 of them were children who had gone outside to have snacks after finishing Sunday school.
The first home our team visited was that of Arasaratnam Verl. He lost his son Jackson (13), his sister Verlini (36) who was one of the Sunday School teachers, and his brother-in-law, Ranjith (39) in the blast.
“Losing someone hurts,” Verl tells our team. “They are special people. They were not killed. They were sown. They are like seeds. And the blood of the martyrs are the seeds of the church. Jesus died on Good Friday, and on Easter Sunday, He was resurrected. My son, sister, and brother-in-law died, but they were resurrected with Jesus on that day.”
Despite the heartache, grief, and loss, Verl is committed to dedicating his life to God, even after the bombing. “God is good,” he says. “God is great. My foundation is Jesus Christ. I’m zero. Jesus is everything.”
He continues, “My son was mine for 13 years, but he is His forever.”
Our team requests we pray with our Sri Lankan brothers and sisters.
Please pray for God’s healing to be upon His people, and the entire nation of Sri Lanka. There is so much pain still, but God grieves with them, and He is at work.
Please pray for peace in the country. It is so easy for hatred to be sown at this time. The Christians are scared, but so are the Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims. The Muslims are in fear of retaliation right now. Because of fear, locals have boycotted their shops. Some have been driven out of their homes.
Pray for love to conquer fear among different communities in this country.
*Representative names and photos are sometimes used to protect identity.