When Pastor Jonah’s house was swept away in a torrent of mud, he didn’t expect that he or his family would come out alive. What happened next taught him a precious lesson.
It all happened during the terrible earthquake and tsunami which devastated large areas of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in September 2018.
‘My whole house was lifted up and swept away by the mud,’ remembers Jonah, a pastor from Donggala, in the central region of the island. ‘My family – my wife, my teenage daughter and I – were carried away, finally landing two kilometres away.’
Jonah and his family were trapped in the mud for a whole day. ‘There was no way out of it, we were terrified and thought we were going to never get out. 24 hours later, some members of the nearby Muslim community saw us and ran over to help us. They pulled us out and saved our lives.’
‘My wife had a broken arm,’ Jonah recalls the painful memory, ‘and I am lucky just to have some minor injuries. My daughter is still suffering from the trauma. It is thanks to the local Muslim community that we are still alive.’