INDONESIA: Boy, 4, ‘Ashamed’ by Wounds

Just over four months ago, on 13 November 2016, a two-year-old girl died after suffering 75% burns during a bomb attack on a church in Indonesia.

Three other young children were also injured – Anita (also two), Trinity (three) and Alvaro (four) – during the attack on Oikumene Church in Samarinda, the provincial capital of East Kalimantan province.

Anita and Trinity are now home, following hospital treatment, though Trinity continues to require regular check-ups.

Meanwhile, Alvaro – the worst injured – says he feels “ashamed” because of his injuries, according to his mother, and shies away from new people.

He has already undergone 17 different operations, including three to replace skin on the top of his head.

His mother says he has at least stopped crying after each operation.

“I always try to encourage him by saying it is important to regain his health and will pray with him before the operation,” says Novita, who is 40. “Seeing him happy is my source of strength and joy as well.”

Novita is a finance officer at the local police station and has to take work with her when she has to visit the hospital two to three times a week.

Meanwhile, Alvaro’s father, Hotdiman, is looking for a new job after quitting one that took him too far from home.

Twenty-one people were arrested after the attack, seven of whom had known links to the Islamic State group. One of them, 32-year-old Juhanda bin Muhammad Aceng, reportedly wore a black T-shirt with the message, “Jihad Way of Life”, as he threw a Molotov cocktail from his passing motorbike.

He was convicted of plotting a terrorist attack in 2011 and, according to the police, had been under supervision since his release on parole in 2014. No new information has been released about the status of his current trial, but two of the other attackers – both teenagers, aged 16 and 17 and identified as ‘GA’ and ‘RP’ – were handed two-year prison terms in January.

Source: World Watch Monitor

  • Thank the Lord for the treatment these three children have received. Pray He will bring further healing to allow them to live normal lives. Ask the Lord to continue to uphold the family of the young girl who lost her life.
  • Pray these children will grow in their knowledge of the Lord and their love for Him.
  • Pray for their families and all church members who were affected, may they be strong in faith. Pray for a provision of a new job for Hotdiman.
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3 Responses to INDONESIA: Boy, 4, ‘Ashamed’ by Wounds

  1. Clifford Tana 16 March 2017 at 3:49 pm #

    Ps 116:15
    Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.
    I cannot measure what cost I am prepared to pay for my faith in Christ but I pray it will be a witness of the One who lives in me, who died for my sins and established His precious kingdom in my life, to be blessed forevermore because He made it possible for me a sinner to be a child of the Most High God.
    I pray for the Oikumene Church members that their lives will be wonderfully transformed. May His presence fall on them, and heal them, and restore them and give them courage and exceedingly great joy in knowing that our God is faithful and His promises are true. What was done for evil purposes against His children God’s goodness will shine and lives will be touched, salvation will come and many will come to Christ through His love of His church.

    • Voice of the Martyrs 17 March 2017 at 9:10 am #

      Thank you for your prayers Clifford. Have a blessed day.

  2. Aubrey 21 March 2017 at 6:44 am #

    This wonderful little boy is a real hero for Jesus and has no need to feel ashamed of his wounds. They’re the mark of a true hero who is willing to stand with Jesus. The wounds of Jesus when he died for this boy were far worse. GOD bless him and keep him and remove all this sense of shame.

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