Brussels Bombing: Suffolk Bishop joins prayers
Rt Revd Martin Seeley joined Christians in Brussels and around the world to pray as Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel confirms over 31 people have been killed and hundreds injured.
Speaking from Brussels, Joe Szabo, senior pastor of the Christian Center, said that members of the congregation were caught up in the attacks, and that staff at the church met to pray on the moring of the attrocities.
The church will specifically be praying for those injured in the attacks, and the families of those killed, during its Easter services, he added. "For the victims, for God to protect the city and our country."
OM Belgium, an evangelical Christian missions organisation, is located just five minutes from Zaventem Airport where two of the blasts took place. Field leader Jan Wisse said his brother-in-law was on a train following the blast at Maelbeek metro station an hour later.
Wisse said his team held a prayer meeting immediately, and a number helped the Red Cross in the aftermath.
Here in Suffolk the Rt Revd Martin Seeley Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, added his support as he issued this statement:
"The Christian Center has been involved in responding to the refugee crisis in Brussels, where hundreds have fled from countries such as Syria and Eritrea."
"Love is infinitely greater than fear; goodness infinitely greater than evil. That is the Easter truth, the result of Jesus’ resurrection. It will always be true and it shapes how we face and challenge fear and evil in our world. The terrible events of yesterday in Brussels have left us shocked. As the news of the terrorist attacks began to spread around the world an outpouring began - social media erupted with millions of people, all over the world, calling to #PrayforBrussels."
"In times of tragedy prayer is our instinctive response, prayer to the One who has overcome evil and fear by the power of goodness and love. It is by that same power that the people of Brussels are defying the perpetrators of evil and fear by standing in solidarity with one another and starting to rebuild shattered lives."
"I know you will join me to continue to pray for Brussels, and Ankara, Istanbul, Baghdad, northern Nigeria and all places around the world that have been victims of indiscriminate deadly violence. And pray that by God’s grace we can be active agents of his goodness and love as we face evil and fear wherever it appears. "