President of the World Church Ted N.C. Wilson, Inter-American Conference President, Israel Leito and other regional church leaders have sent condolences, adding to the outpouring of sympathy and support for members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and families in the Chiapas region of Mexico who are still reeling from the loss of 17 young people who died there on Monday in a tragic bus crash.
A report filed on Monday, May 22 by the Adventist News Network said that the 17 church members lost their lives when a rented bus in which they were travelling along with 29 other church members plunged over a precipice in the mountainous Mexican region called Motozintla on Sunday.
The bus reportedly fell into a 270 foot, or 90-meter, ravine killing 16 people instantly and sending 26 to a nearby hospital. The 17th fatality is a 17-year-old girl who succumbed to her injuries on Monday.
26 persons remain in hospital where they are being treated for wounds.
ANN reported that the group was returning from a youth spiritual retreat held on the beach in Costa del Sol, in the Pijijiapan district, on the pacific coast in southern Chiapas.
In his message, President Wilson encouraged members of the church to pray for the victims and their families.
“I’ve asked Pastor Israel Leito, president of the Inter-American Division, to please extend my personal sympathy and the condolences of the world church family for this very sad accident. I have prayed for our dear people of Chiapas, for the families who lost loved ones, and for those who are hospitalized,” the President said in a message in which he also expressed sympathy and requested prayers for the victims of the bombing in Manchester, England this week.
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Editorial Note: The Kids Who Love the Lord editorial and church family in Jamaica wish to add our deepest condolences to the hurting families and congregations who are grieving their loved ones this evening. Let us pray for the hurting families, hurt made more potent as the sun sets on a very sad Sabbath without their loved ones.