Published on 24 April, 2019
A minister has launched a crowd funding appeal to assist the victims of the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.
Rev Dr Liam Fraser, campus minister at the University of Edinburgh, has began an on the web Just Providing web page to enable individuals to show solidarity and assistance for all these impacted.
A wave of co-ordinated suicide bombings at churches and hotels led to the death of 359 individuals and 500 had been wounded.
Dr Fraser stated: “We are portion of one particular household and we are united by one particular prevalent humanity.
“On Easter Sunday, not only had been numerous churches severely broken, but hundreds of individuals have lost their lives.
“Husbands, wives, mothers, and young children have perished and numerous households have lost wage earners.
“We stand by the individuals of Sri Lanka by pledging our donations to assist rebuild the ruined churches, and financially assistance these who mourn.”
Dr Fraser stated the funds will go straight to Sri Lanka via the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka, St Andrew’s Colombo, and other acceptable agencies.
“If individuals had been shocked and saddened to see Notre Dame burning, they ought to be extra saddened by the loss of extra than 300 lives and the bombing of numerous churches that have been destroyed,” he added.
The campaign is supported by St Andrew’s Scots Kirk in Columbo.
Members have reported that a representative of the parish of StSebastian’s of Negombo says individuals are in want of vouchers for meals and a smaller stipend as numerous have lost their breadwinner or are also overwhelmed to return to operate.
Repairs to houses are required as numerous have “shattered glass and other harm for the reason that the blast was tangible all through the neighbourhood”.
On Easter Sunday, the congregation at St Andrew’s Scots Kirk continued to worship as terror attacks unfolded nearby.
Rev Bill Davnie heard one particular of the bombs explode in a hotel subsequent door as he ready for the Easter service.
But it was only when worshippers began getting telephone messages that the enormity of the attacks sank in.
They had been offered the likelihood to leave but rather decided to keep and pray for these impacted by the terror.
Rt Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the Common Assembly of the Church of Scotland. stated she was “tremendously sad” at the news.
“That these attacks have been perpetrated on Easter Sunday, the highlight of the Christian year, is devastating to all the churches in Sri Lanka and to Christians about the globe.”