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Thousands of lives were changed in an instant when 8 bombs exploded across Sri Lanka at Easter.  Three churches were targeted and hundreds of believers killed or injured in the attacks.  But the church continues to gather.  Zion Church lost 29 of its members including 14  children. They were sitting and having their snacks after Sunday school.  Verl lost his 13-year-old son, Jackson, in the attack.  Jackson died on the spot, along with Verl’s 36-year-old sister.  She was one of the Sunday School teachers. “Veri made sure the children confessed their sins and accepted Jesus in the lesson.  After that, she and the children went down for breakfast and the explosion went off.”

Verl’s sister left behind a six-year-old daughter, Eliza, and an eight-year-old son, Rufus.  Because of the shrapnel, Eliza had to have a hysterectomy.  She was also blinded by the blast in one eye.  Despite the heartache and grief, Verl is still committed to Jesus.  Two weeks after the attack, Zion Church gathered for a Sunday service again.  They met at the local community centre. Security guards stood outside to protect believers from another attack.  Inside the community centre, hundreds of worshippers gathered, despite the risk.  Rev. Mahesan took a moment to honour the dead.  “They are martyrs and now they are home with Jesus.”

Source: CBN News