This weekend started out normally, I was helping with a Community Health Evangelism - Vision Seminar in the village of Foron on Friday and Brent was going about his work in the office as usual. On Saturday we attended a repertory production of Nigerian cultural theater and organized a meeting afterwards with some fellow missionaries about a potential borehole project.– nothing was out of place until 7:15am on Sunday morning when our windows rattled violently and our whole house shook. I had come downstairs to make some coffee and open the front door. All my stuff was ready for my Sunday School lesson and I was preparing for another “normal day”. It was not to be so, because a bomb had just gone off at COCIN - Church of Christ in Nigeria church, situated less than a mile from our house exploded. A man disguised in a military uniform driving a small car was able to get past the security gate and speed through the church parking lot towards the church and detonate his car bomb. The explosion was powerful enough to break the windows and cause pictures to fall off the walls of friends of our who live only a little closer to the church than we do.
6 people are reported to have died and many are in hospital with injuries caused by flying shrapnel etc. This is now the second church bombing in Jos since Christmas.
We of course were able to communicate with others via Skype and cell phones to find out more and put all our plans on hold for the day. Church was cancelled and we barricaded ourselves in at home - just in case of retaliatory violence which often erupts after such incidents and it’s best to be in the safety of one’s own home.
Please pray with us for safety and wisdom to understand the conflict and religious tensions that are boiling up around us. We pray for God’s love to prevail and that His word will conquer evil.
In Jesus name
Eugenie, Brent, Micah and Zander
You guys and everyone else there are in our thoughts and prayers. Please be safe.
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