Gospel for Asia leaders in Mumbai (Bombay), India, have reported that their missionaries were miraculously spared in today’s multiple train bombings. But at the same time, GFA President K.P. Yohannan said he was “deeply saddened” by the incident which, he explained, has spiritual significance.

“The attacks occurred during the evening rush hour,” Dr. Yohannan noted, “and normally many of our 250 missionaries in the city are returning to their homes by train at that time after a day of outreach. But as far as we know now, none were on the seven trains that were bombed.”

“The Lord has been good to us,” he added after speaking by phone with the leader of GFA work in the Mumbai area. More than 140 people are reported dead in the bombings, and hundreds more have been seriously injured.

“I was especially relieved to find that our leader there was traveling by car at the time of the blasts,” Dr. Yohannan said. “He usually commutes by train, because it is less expensive. But in God’s grace, he chose to travel by vehicle today.”

But Dr. Yohannan added that he was “deeply saddened by this terrible incident that killed so many innocent people.

“While unknown terrorists committed these horrible acts, in the end we know that all of these things are incited by the real enemy of human beings—satanic powers. That is why we are working so hard to bring the Good News of God’s love to India and the rest of Asia—so that they can know the real peace that can only be found in Jesus.”

Dr. Yohannan called on Christians around the world to pray for the people of Mumbai, and especially for the families of those who lost their lives in this tragedy, that they will soon know the peace and love of Christ.