A group of Iraqi children were on their way home after attending First Communion lessons when their bus was caught in a series of bomb blasts. “It is simply a major miracle that nobody died or was more seriously injured,” said Andrew White, vicar of the Anglican St George church in Baghdad.
Vicar White shares about the day. “We are used to bad days, but this day was one of the worst ever. Today has been in a different league. Central to our work and ministry here are our children. One of the biggest services of the year is when some of our children have their First Communion. This service takes place at the end of August. The children prepare everyday with about two hours of sessions. They all come to church in our bus and are then taken home.
“As they were on their way home today, they were caught up in a major bomb. The bus was not too badly damaged, and it continued its journey. All of the children started singing the Lord’s Prayer. As they were in the midst of their prayer, a huge bomb exploded. All the glass of the windows shattered, people fell to the floor injured, and one of the teachers was in a very bad way. They were all taken to hospital, but were soon discharged as none of them had life threatening injuries.
“It was wonderful seeing all the children; despite their injuries they were all smiling. Their parents however were not; some were in floods of tears on learning what happened. Today we witnessed a miracle. When you see the state of the bus it is simply a major miracle that nobody died or was more seriously injured. The children knew quite clearly why; they just kept telling me that they were alright because they were praying and God was with them. And He was.
“Many tears were shed and there are huge things still to do as well as people who still need treatment. Please pray for us as we try and recover from another trauma.”
Father, what joy! We give You all the praise and glory! Thank you for protecting the children and sparing their lives. Father, in the days ahead cover the children, the teachers and the parents with peace; knowing that You will always be with them. “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 37:39. Amen.