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I travelled to Surabaya two days after the bombings of 13 May took place and I was struck by the uneasy calm which enveloped the city. Whilst there, I attended many celebrations of the lives of victims, and funerals too. I was taken aback by the sheer nature of the evil that was administered indiscriminately to the victims of these bombings. The devastation is alarming and senseless.

The Bible is clear that our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers (Ephesians 6:12). As we begin to understand the scale of these attacks, we need to remind ourselves of what God’s word says.

Christians in Indonesia have endured many hardships as history informs us, but their resolve is equally resilient! “Good must triumph over evil. We cannot allow the enemy to overshadow the purpose God has for us. We must pray” were the words echoed by a pastor who is facing a divided church, some angry and some heartfelt, wanting to forgive and move on. “We cannot allow the enemy to steal our joy,” he claims.

As things return to a state of calm after the bombings, we reflect on those who have tragically lost loved ones and are left to resume their lives. Many of those affected are dealing with a range of emotions and the reality of financial loss. Voice of the Martyrs has stepped in to assist where most needed and we stand ready in support of those who need our help. We are receiving regular updates on the needs arising from this tragedy.

Let us not forget everyone who has been impacted by this tragedy. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered, so please pray for them.

“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:15

Tony Benjamin