TRAGEDY: Coast Christians pray for Sri Lanka bombing victims
ROSS Davie can't understand what would bring someone to bomb innocent people as they attend their place of worship.
The Bayside Christian Church pastor said he was shocked at the loss of life from the Sri Lanka church bombings as the death toll climbs to more than 290.
Christian churches and hotels across Sri Lanka were targeted in the nine Easter Sunday bombings, which left more than 500 people injured.
At the time of the attack, Pastor Davie was hosting Pastor Abraham Singh, a well-known visiting pastor from India who has worked with Sri Lankan churches.
Pastor Singh joined the Bayside congregation for Easter services.
Pastor Davie said they were both deeply saddened at the loss of life.
"We have been praying for the victims and families and the churches, as they would still be afraid to worship," Pastor Davie said.
"I'm shocked why the people behind the bombings would want to bomb churches when they're celebrating Easter, the death and resurrection of Jesus."
Pastor Davie said it was important to emphasise the help and support available from Christians, churches and communities in the aftermath of the event.
"God is a god of love who is there to help in times of crisis and need," he said.