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Eight Adventists perish in Malawi lightning strike

Eight Adventists perish in Malawi lightning strike

Llongwe, Malawi's Capital

Llongwe, Malawi [Mark Kellner; CD EUDNews]. Eight members of the Area 26 Seventh-day Adventist Church in Llongwe, Malawi, were killed when lightning struck the building in which they were worshipping at the close of Sabbath, December 28, 2013. "Scores" of

December 31, 2013 | Mark Kellner; CD EUDNews;

Llongwe, Malawi [Mark Kellner; CD EUDNews]. Eight members of the Area 26 Seventh-day Adventist Church in Llongwe, Malawi, were killed when lightning struck the building in which they were worshipping at the close of Sabbath, December 28, 2013. "Scores" of additional people were injured, according to local media reports. The lightning struck after a day of heavy rains in the capital city.

"I am in Malawi now," Saustin Mfune, Associate Children's Ministries Director for the General Conference and a Malawian, wrote in an e-mail to Adventist Review. "Both Adventists and non-Adventists are enveloped in shock."

An eyewitness told the Nyasa Times newspaper: “People were inside the church attending the service when the lightning struck. I first heard a loud burst which frightened almost everybody and few minutes later I just saw a stampede here.”

Details on the extent of other injuries are scant, though reports indicate several people were hospitalized.

Malawi, a landlocked country in southern Africa, has a population estimated at 16.4 million. A self-supporting Seventh-day Adventist missionary first entered the country, then known as Nyasaland, in 1893, and formal Adventist worked commenced in 1902. As of 2010, an estimated 353,000 Seventh-day Adventists worship in 1,313 congregations there.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The original version of this story misidentified the congregation as the Soche Seventh-day Adventist Church. We regret the error.

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