India: 16 Christians Dead after Fatal Vehicle Accident
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2017 Apr 18
Sixteen Indian Christians were killed when a truck carrying the group to an annual church meeting overturned.
“The truck carrying the Christians reportedly overturned after the driver lost control and hit a concrete railing, throwing most of the passengers in a deep gorge,” said Vijayesh Lal, general secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI).
The accident happened on February 26. Twelve people were killed at the scene of the crash, including a 13-year-old girl, while four others died later at the hospital from their injuries. Additionally, 50 more passengers sustained injuries from the accident.
The group of Christians had been on their way to attend the regional Khasi Jaintia Presbyterian Synod.
“The EFI community conveys its heartfelt condolences and prayers to the bereaved families. It has also offered to assist in the treatment of those with serious injuries and requests that prayers be mobilized for the families of the deceased and for the complete recovery of the injured,” said Lal, as reported by Christian Today.
“May the peace that proceeds from the God of all comfort be our portion at this time, even as we collectively grieve the loss of our sisters and brothers in Christ,” he added.
Publication date: April 18, 2017