I spoke to my American missionary/pastor friend today. When I first called him he was actually in court, and sent me a text message saying so. But he called me back later. It turns out that the protestant church is building a building in the city of
Yesterday a man called him up and invited him to coffee. The man was one of those who had signed a petition against the building and wanted to talk to my friend. So they met together at a coffee shop. My friend brought the plans, hoping to clear up doubts and suspicions. As they talked the man accused my friend of trying to lure away children. My friend countered, offering to require express parental permission for all children involved. After about five minutes of discussion, the man jumped up and started beating my friend.
Fortunately, there was a table of policeman drinking coffee close by, who managed to pull the attacker off fairly quickly. None the less, the injuries meant being transferred to the regional hospital for treatment. Today, twenty-four hours later, he was in court. When my friend appeared before the judge he said that he didn’t’ want to press charges, and said, “I forgive this man” publicly.
At any rate God is big, the