Seventh-day Adventist Church President Ted N. C. Wilson has issued a statement of condolence for families of those killed in a militant attack in Kenya on November 22.
At least eight Adventists were among the 28 bus passengers massacred by militants in Mandera. Local news agencies reported that a Somalia-based group stopped the Nairobi-bound vehicle and shot passengers based on their religion.
Wilson expressed condolences to the families in the following statement:
On behalf of Seventh-day Adventist members around the world, we are very saddened by the terrible deaths of a number of Seventh-day Adventists that took place recently in northern Kenya. Our hearts ache for the families who have lost loved ones, including children, in the senseless and brutal killings.
My wife, Nancy, and I would like to transmit our profound sympathy and Christian condolences to the families. We cannot understand the horrible actions that have taken place. However, the Holy Spirit as the Comforter can bring encouragement and sustenance amidst such traumatic tragedy. We have prayed for these families who are suffering great loss.
What a blessing to know that in the near future, when Jesus returns, He will wipe away all death and tears. Philippians 4:7 states, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” May the intervening action of the Holy Spirit bring these families the comfort that is so much needed.
Despite the atrocities in this present world, there is hope for the future when Christ will return. Through God’s power, let us remain faithful to His Word and to Him! What an encouragement to know that the return of Jesus Christ is imminent and we can count on the Christian hope of eternal life.
May the Lord provide comfort and courage to everybody involved in this unexpected tragedy.