From Despair to Dancing: Surviving the Bomb’s Flames
04/03/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Following a tragic church bombing in Indonesia, International Christian Concern stepped in to help the youngest survivors recover.
Indonesia, the largest Islamic country in the world and people think of it as a moderate country. And I suppose it is if you compare it to Pakistan or one of the worst countries, but it’s had its problems. In 1998 to 2003, there was a massive jihad against Christians.
And most people have no idea this happened. But there were 10,000 Christians murdered, 1,200 churches burned down, the worst behavior you can imagine, massive rape. It was a period of terrible suffering and the government was able to beat back the radicals. But they’re still there and they cause problems and they’re even in the government too. And so Christians deal with discrimination, with church restrictions, church tax, church closings.
In November of 2016 there was a church that was attacked and the radical took a Molotov cocktail and he threw it on the church and he wanted to burn it down. And it landed in the play yard. And unfortunately the kids were playing there and one kid was burned to death and another two were injured severely. And they were Trinity and Alvaro. And I just want to tell you the story of Trinity.
So Trinity had terrible burns on her arms, on her hands, on her feet, she couldn’t walk properly, in a lot of pain. And as you can imagine, when a burn victim is trying to be healed, what happens is they have to stretch skin and that is a long process. They have to stretch out, it’s very painful and then they’re going to cut that skin out. They’re going to cut out the bad skin and cut out the good skin and move it over. And can you imagine for an adult what that means and what that feels like? And what that does to your heart and even you’re trust in God?
And so you can imagine for a kid, when they go through this, what it feels like. And for the parents, you can imagine this is tremendously bewildering and painful. But that’s the position that kids were in, that Trinity was in.
So the good news is that because of our donors and because of our connections that we were able to help. Trinity’s parents found a surgeon in China that was skilled and was able to help. And so what we did is, they’re from Indonesia and they have to fly back and forth and there’s lodging and airfare, et cetera. And there was a lot of trips. And so we provided for all of that. We provided for all the financial part of that so they didn’t have to worry about it and they could just focus on her healing.
So the good news is that the progress that’s been made, Trinity today is a different person and when you see her today, you see smiles. And I don’t know if she’s ever going to be healed completely, but I think back of what she’s been through and the face I was seeing then and the sadness. And then it’s a different little girl today and that is a great work.
The Lord says in Matthew, there’s a scene I always like to think of. And Jesus was looking on the crowds and he said he look on them with compassion. And that was because they were like sheep without a shepherd. They had no one to protect them. They were in distress and he looked on them and his heart hurt. Okay. And in Psalm 147 it says the Lord heals the brokenhearted. He bandages us. He bandages our hearts.
And we live in a very broken world, don’t we? And Satan loves to steal, kill, and destroy. And he influences people to do the same. But the good news is that the Lord is the opposite of that. He loves to bring life, he loves to heal, he creates. And there’s just a river that flows from the throne of God and goes out in the world and whatever it touches, it heals and it brings to life.
And so doing this kind of work, when you think about these kids that we’ve been involved with and especially Trinity, that’s just partnering with the Lord in his work, in what he likes to do. And it’s tremendously satisfying. And I just want to say thank you to our donors. You’ve been part of this. It’s a partnership. If we can’t do anything on our own. We have connections, we have people on the ground, we can get money into the areas. We have workers, et cetera. But unless we have partners with us who care about what the Lord cares about, nothing happens.
So anyways, I just want to say thank you for making a difference in Trinity’s life and bringing hope and healing into her life. God bless you guys.