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Indonesia: “I forgive you. Please repent…”

July 24, 2017

Recently we told you about how four young children from Indonesia were recovering after attackers targeted their church in a bomb attack last year. In the last few weeks five people suspected to be linked to the attack have appeared in court. And the mother of one of the children has used her opportunity to speak to tell the attackers that she forgives them.

After describing the severity of her four-year-old daughter, Trinity’s, injuries, Sarinah Gultom walked towards the five defendants saying: “I forgive you. Please repent; no more innocent children killed and wounded. Mine is enough.” Open Doors workers, who have been present during court proceedings to support the families, describe how her voice trembled as she spoke, but she remained composed as she was then led out of the court room.

Sarinah’s daughter suffered serious burns and disfiguration as a result of the blast, which was caused by a terrorist who threw a Molotov cocktail at a group of children playing outside their church last November.

The defendants are five bombing suspects linked to a local terrorist group.

Savannah thanks Open Doors

“I can’t express my surprise, gratefulness, and bliss to see your presence in the court and to have had you pray for us,” said Sarinah, days after Open Doors workers attended the court hearing in Jakarta. “Open Doors has never stopped paying attention to us since the incident. It means a lot to me. I pray that God bless your ministry abundantly. You are truly His hands in this world.”

Thanks to the generosity of supporters, Open Doors has been able to provide financial support, toys, care and presence ministry to Trinity and other children caught up in the attack.

Source: Open Doors

Pray now…

  • Continue to pray for complete healing, inside and out, for the children and their parents
  • That Trinity and other children involved in the attack would grow up in the love of the Lord
  • That those responsible would be brought to justice, and that they would also come to know Himself.

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