The following is a brief report from Shaijus Philip, an evangelist from the Bangalore ICOC, who is currently in Colombo:

On Easter Sunday (April 21, 2019) a coordinated series of bomb attacks ripped through churches and hotels killing at least 290 people and injuring hundreds of others.

Eight explosions took place in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. Most people who lost their lives were the Christians who had gathered in churches for Easter service. Many foreigners lost their lives in the bomb attacks in the prominent hotels in the heart of Colombo city. Three churches were attacked.

City is under curfew overnight. Security forces have detonated some more bombs. Church in Colombo was planning for a weekend retreat in a place called Kandy. This was to celebrate 25th anniversary of the church and a new church planting was supposed to take place this weekend to start the church in Kandy. The whole church was eagerly looking forward for this great event. Retreat is cancelled as police have requested the retreat centre not to hold any events for some time as these unfortunate events took place. We are still trying to conduct the retreat in another location if authorities permit.

Our heart goes out to those who lost the loved ones. Please continue to pray for the church in Sri Lanka and the nation to be at peace again.

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