Thailand mourning dozens of children, staff killed in daycare massacre

By October 7, 2022

Thailand (MNN) — Tragedy struck yesterday when a gunman entered a childcare center in northeastern Thailand and killed 36 people, most of them young children.

Flowers part of the memorial outside the school. (Photo courtesy of CEF)

The assailant was Panya Kamrab, a 34-year-old ex-policeman who was suspended earlier this year on drug possession charges.

He entered the daycare on Thursday allegedly looking for his two-year-old stepson. When he couldn’t find the child, he used his gun and a knife to murder staff members and at least 24 children.

Kamrab then went home and killed his wife and stepson before committing suicide.

It’s the deadliest massacre Thailand has seen of this kind.

Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) serves Gospel hope to kids around the world, including Thailand. Tony Villanueva, CEF’s Senior Associate Director of International Ministries, says they are grieving with the nation.

CEF Thailand leaders and church leaders standing outside together, they have partnered to bring the Gospel tracts to this community. (Caption, photo courtesy of CEF)

“Our sympathy and prayers go out to the community of Uthaisawan Na Klang, Thailand, following the horrific mass shooting tragedy that occurred at the Child Development Centre earlier today,” Villanueva says. “Our hearts break over the loss of these precious children and childcare workers.”

CEF of Thailand reports that the tragedy took place in a remote village with no church. CEF has reached out to the nearest church to offer help in distributing a Gospel trauma healing booklet to the community and make plans for more outreach.

“Do You Wonder Why?” is a booklet that CEF keeps printed in 54 languages and is already in stock in Thailand.

In the wake of unspeakable devastation, Villanueva calls on believers around the world to pray for mourning Thai communities.

“We continue to pray for their families, and especially, the children affected. CEF Thailand will mobilize to respond in the coming days, sharing the hope of salvation through Jesus Christ with the children in this community.

“Pray with us on behalf of the children, that every child in Thailand would hear the Good News and find comfort in the Savior.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Header photo depicting juice boxes and snacks set up as a memorial for the children outside the school. Photo courtesy of CEF.