Sri Lanka Church attack: Jos condoles with victims
The General Secretary of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) and Bishop of Jos, Most Rev. Benjamin Argak Kwashi, has condoled with Sri Lanka and the Church on the Easter Sunday suicide bombs that killed over 350 people and injured dozens of people.
Archbishop Kwashi, in a statement, said the “news of this atrocity came through just before I preached at All Souls Langham Place and let me repeat what I said then, “The resurrection of Jesus is a total defeat of death and of those who would want to use death to scare people off from faith in Jesus. His resurrection has made death powerless against all who believe in Jesus Christ.”
The Archbishop, who has also suffered attacks and who has seen so much devastating consequences of attacks by radical Boko Haram Islamist groups and Islamic Fulani herdsmen militia, wreaking havoc in hundreds of Christian communities in central Nigeria, said “from the Anglican Diocese of Jos, we send our prayers and condolences and we share with you in your pains and suffering knowing that Jesus, who also suffered like us, will give us the strength to rise over the hate and evil,” the Archbishop said in a statement from his Diocesan office.
Archbishop Kwashi also sent his prayers and condolence to the Evangelical Church Wining All (ECWA) members in Gombe, north eastern Nigeria where a terrorist car attack killed eight Boys Brigade members in an Easter Sunday night attack and the Church in Numan, Adamawa State, where, in the same day, over 10 Christians were killed in an attack.
“At our recent conference in Dubai, Gafcon resolved to stand with the Suffering Church and this will be a leading agenda item for our Primates Council as it meets in Sydney next week,” Archbishop Kwashi said.
Kwashi called on the Church, worldwide, in this Easter week to “remember that the one who drew alongside two sad and discouraged disciples on the Emmaus road was the Risen Christ who yet still bore the wounds of the cross.” He reminded Christians of Jesus’ victory over death and the the assurance that Jesus “will be with us until the very end in the power of the Holy Spirit.”
The Christian Association of Nigeria, in a statement by its President, Revd Samson Ayokunle, said “In this moment of colossal national mourning, CAN, with a heavy heart, stands with the government and people of Sri Lanka. This attack came while the whole world has not yet recovered from the shock of the disastrous fire which ravaged one of France’s most iconic sites, Notre-Dame Cathedral, though the incident was not linked to terror attack,” Ayokunle went on to say, “Our hearts are with the families that are affected and we pray for all those who are recuperating in the hospitals and medical facilities for quick recovery.”