(Mosinee) Wis. – It was an Easter morning that one Mosinee woman will never forget.
Like many of us, Judy Schroeder woke up to the news that hundreds had been killed in Sri Lanka after a series of bombings took place across the country.
But for Schroeder, the news hit home a little harder.
Schroeder’s niece, Monica Naumann, and her husband, Edward Naumann, live in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with their six children.
The family had moved there in 2016 for missionary work.
When Schroeder heard the tragic news, she spent the day praying and waiting with family to hear anything about the families whereabouts.
“You don’t even know how to react, you don’t know what to say because you can’t call them, you can’t get in your car and go over there. All you can do is wait and wait,” Schroeder said.
Schroeder said she usually connects with her family over social media, but that the Sri Lanka government had shut down all social media to keep fake information about the attacks from spreading.
After hours of waiting, Schroeder said she finally received an email from Edward, who is a pastor.
He explained that his family was okay and had been at church a couple hours away when they heard about the bombings. Their home was not too far from where one of the bombs exploded.
Although the news of their safety made Schroeder incredibly happy, the day was still difficult.
“When you hear things that happen, you think, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry for those people’ and this and that, but when it’s your family, it’s a whole different story,” Schroeder said. “You’re wondering, was it their church that Edward was preaching at?”
Schroeder says for now her family is staying at home. There is a nation-wide curfew at 6 p.m. and schools have been closed.