ICC Note: Indonesian Christians came together on May 17 to mourn the lives vanished at Surabaya church attacks, after a family of six committed suicide bombing mission last Sunday. Funerals and memorial services have been held to celebrate and remember the deceased. Please continue to pray for the Christians in Surabaya.
In the last few hours, funerals and memorial services have been held for those who lost their lives in the suicide attacks claimed by the Islamic State (IS) and carried out four days ago by a terrorist family.
The funeral (picture 2) of Nathanael, 8, and his elder brother Vincentius Evan, 12, was held the other day. The two died in the attack against St Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Surabaya’s Ngagel neighbourhood. Their mother, Wenny Angelina, suffered serious wounds and was taken to hospital, where she remains closely monitored by medical staff.
With other family members, mother and children had just gotten out of the car driven by the father, when the terrorists set off the bomb in front of the parish church. Evan died instantly. Nathanael succumbed hours later in hospital where he was supposed to undergo surgery to amputate a leg.
The doctors allowed Wendy to say goodbye to her two sons before they were buried (pictures 3-4). She took part in the service on a stretcher, taking drugs and fluids through a drip feed.
The doctors allowed her to leave the hospital for only four hours because she is still very ill and needs to be closely monitored.
“We forgive those responsible. My mother is now in the house of the Lord,” said Kurnianto, the son of another victims. With his family, Kurnianto arrived in the city the day after the attacks to collect the body of his mother Lim and bring her back to Tangerang (Banten), where the family comes from.
She was in town on business and, although her hotel was closer to the cathedral, a target of a failed attack, she decided to go to Sunday Mass at St Mary Parish Church.
“This was perhaps God’s plan,” her son said. “She had decided to go to the church in Ngagel, which, according to what people say, is one of the oldest in Surabaya”.
CCTV camera footage shows that, at the time of the explosion, Lim was close to the suicide bombers’ motorcycle when it blew up at the entrance to the place of worship.
“On behalf of my mother, I apologise if she made mistakes during her life. Please pray for her now that she is in heaven,” he said.
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