Easter Sunday began as a happy morning in Zion Church, Batticaloa. The children in Sunday school ate breakfast together, then sang and celebrated Jesus’ resurrection. One of their teachers asked: “How many of you want to be witnesses for Christ?” Five or six children raised their hands and made their first prayer of commitment. A few minutes later, however, there was chaos as a bomb exploded in the church. Among the 29 believers who died, 14 of them were children.
Image: The Sunday school at Zion Church
In addition, 17 children were injured, as well as many more adults. In total, over a hundred children were in church that day. Those that weren’t physically hurt, lost friends and were traumatised by the event.
Since then, Open Doors teams have been working to provide the church and bereaved families with long-term trauma care and counselling, and livelihood support. Sunday school teachers at Zion Church have also been faithfully supporting their children. Could you help by sending a message of encouragement to the children who were traumatised by the blast?
Messages will be delivered around Christmas time so they can be Christmas-themed.
Please send letters and cards addressed to ‘Children of Zion Church’ to Open Doors UK, PO Box 6, Witney, OX29 6WG.
Digital messages should be sent with the subject line ‘Children of Zion Church’ to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date is 31 October 2019.
My name is
I am praying for you
Nan unkalukkaka jepikkirenṟēṉ
God loves you
Katavul unnai necikkirar
You are in my prayers
Ninkal en jepattil irukkirirkalḷ
Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Yocuva 1:9 Palamakavum tairiyamakavum irunkal; payappatatirkal, kalankatirkal, enenral ninkal enku cenralum unkal tevanakiya karttar unkalutan irukkirar.
Lord Jesus, please heal Your children. Take the painful memories away. Let them know that You are God and You have them safely in Your care. Amen.
Sri Lanka is an island country in the Indian Ocean, to the south east of Tamil Nadu in southern India.
Please put all your letters and cards in one envelope and send to Open Doors UK, PO Box 6, Witney, OX29 6WG.
We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.