To The National Christian Council of Sri Lanka Copenhagen, 24 April 2019
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27).
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The National Council of Churches in Denmark are devastated by the violence you have experienced on Easter Day.
A time of joy and praise turned into death and despair within moments as bombs killed and injured innocent people at several hotels and churches in Sri Lanka.
All victims, those being killed and injured and all their relatives, are in our thoughts and prayer. We pray for the churches in Sri Lanka that they may find peace and courage in their lives and service. Today, there will be a commemoration in Copenhagen for honoring all who were killed and injured at the terrible attacks.
The National Council of Churches in Denmark cooperate with both Muslims and people of other faith communities to promote peace and religious freedom - united despite of our diversity. We pray that peace and respect will grow in Sri Lanka overcoming violence, hatred and revenge.
We acknowledge that we do not fully understand your loss and suffering. But we pray for you that the hope of Easter in faith of the resurrected Christ will remain; that life will overcome death and love overcoming hatred. Though we in Denmark are so far away from you, please know that you are close to us in our prayers.
On behalf of The National Council of Churches in Denmark
Bishop Henrik Stubkjær
Chairman of The National Council of Churches
Bishop Czeslaw Kozon
The Roman-Catholic Church
Rev. Mads Christoffersen General Secretary
Rev. Tonny Jacobsen
Chairman of the Council of Free Churches
Bishop Peter Fischer-Møller
The Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Denmark
Rev. Bent Hylleberg
Chairman of the Baptist Church in Denmark