Prayers were offered for 41 members of Mawar Sharon evangelical Church in Surabaya who were on board the AirAsia QZ8501 flight.
In the time of grief and sorrow Mawar Sharon evangelical church in Surabaya puts on a show of firm Christian faith in its Sunday service. Six choir members sung hymns during the prayer service. While media was also present at this occasion to capture the hope giving prayer service. The congregation prayed for the victims of the air crash while mourned for their 41 fellow church members who were on board on AirAsia flight. A week after the air crash, the church offered prayers for those who will no longer sit among them again. The Christians community in Surabaya has been hard hit by this incident.
Most of the victims of the air crash were families with young children travelling to Singapore for a new year’s holiday. Caleb Natanielliem, the church’s executive pastor said, “I actually knew one couple who had two young children. I met them before Christmas. But right now I cannot say hello to them again.”
Paulus Angka Wijaya, a member of the congregation said, “I was very shocked when I first heard the news. Hopefully all the bodies will be found soon so their families can bury them and give them proper funerals. We will always support the families so that they can stay strong and know that they are not alone.”
However, search operation is still underway at the Java Sea where search teams are engaged in hectic search for the bodies and black box. Nonetheless, bad weather continues to fetter rescue efforts.