Heaven opens for 45 who died in AirAsia crash


philip-mantofaWhen they learned that 45 of their own were among the missing of the downed Indonesia AirAsia flight 8501, members of the Rose of Sharon Church of Surabaya, Indonesia, sprang into action.

They sent assistant pastors to console the grieving. They set up a care center of prayer and worship with food and beverages while family members awaited news of the fate of their loved ones. Trained counselors were on standby by shifts around the clock in the airport and in homes.

“When I witnessed how one bereaved family encouraged and prayed for another out of their initiative, I could say that I almost saw heaven in that situation,” Pastor Philip Mantofa, who pastors the 45,000 member church, told CharismaNews. “Particularly when the bodies of the their family members were found and they had to identify them, we couldn’t leave them to face these horrific situations alone.” Read the rest of the story.

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5 responses to “Heaven opens for 45 who died in AirAsia crash

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Reaching out and bringing the Lord in…

  2. We do not grieve as others do. Amazing to see their faith and hope. Thanks for sharing a ray of light in those dark circumstances.

  3. Reblogged this on darhema and commented:
    Hmmm, in such times the Love of Christ (in the lives of believers nearby) should flow like a river into the lives of all concerned, to help bring healing in such difficult times.

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