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Indonesia: Mother forgives child's petrol bomb attackers in court

19 July 2017

Mother forgives child's petrol bomb attackers in courtSarinah with her daughter, Trinity

As the trial continues for five people suspected to be linked to the petrol bombing of a church in east Borneo, in which a child died and three were seriously injured, one mother has used her testimony in court as an opportunity 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, Jamaah Ansharut Daulah.

Also invited to witness have been the families of the three children, Alvaro (four), Anita (two) and Intan (two). Alvaro and Anita suffered serious burn wounds in the bombing, but survived; tragically, Intan succumbed to her injuries and died one day after the attack.

For security reasons, the next hearing or date of the verdict - which will take place in Jakarta - has yet to be announced.

"Let the law enforcers do their job," said Sarinah, moments before the police escorted her from the court room. "The most important thing for me is for my child to recover."

Sarinah 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, Alvaro and Anita, and to the families of four children. Read about the children's long journey to healing, and pray for them using the prayer points below.

Source: Open Doors

Please pray:

  • Continue to pray for complete healing, inside and out, for the children and their parents
  • That Trinity, Alvaro and Anita 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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