Missionaries Injured in Ugandan Bombings

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Four people have been arrested in connection with Sunday's two deadly bombings in Uganda. The arrests came after the discovery of an unexploded suicide vest at a third possible bombing site targeted by the attackers.

A Somali terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed at least 76 people, including one American. Five members of an American missionary team from a Pennsylvania church were among the wounded, but all are expected to recover.

Dr. David Meyer, a professor at Regent University and an expert on international relations and military history, appeared on CBN Newschannel's morning program for more on the issue.

Click play to watch the interview. 

Thomas Kramer was a part of a team of missionaries who came from the Christ Community United Methodist Church in Selinsgrove, Pa.

They were watching the World Cup Final in a restaurant with members of their sister church in Uganda when the bomb exploded.

"Our friend Becky, she was sitting two seats away from me and she didn't make it, she passed away," said Thomas Kramer, U.S. survivor of the blast. "So I'm just thankful to be alive. I praise God."

"I lost three Ugandans who were good friends that we were doing mission work here," said Kris Sledge, another injured American. "Passed away."

Back in the U.S., missionaries who had just returned home rushed to get information to find out if they're friends had been hurt. Then they came to the shocking discovery that the beloved pastor of the Kampala Church died in the attack.

"It was a shock," said Susan Heintzelman of Christ Community United Methodist Church. "It took me a while until I could even post it. And I knew how many people would be devastated. It's a big loss. His heart was in that community he loved those kids "

Rev. Kathleen Kind, pastor at Christ Community United Methodist Church, says all they can do is have faith in God's plan.

"God is bigger than evil, and that good comes from God, and that God hears our prayers, and that God will continue to call faithful people," she said.

Meanwhile, church members said they will return to help their Ugandan brothers and sisters recover and rebuild.

"I am definitely going back now, I need to go back and just see all my friends there," said Megan Heintzelman, daughter of Susan Heintzelman.

*Originally aired July 13, 2010.

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