A crocodile attacked and killed a pastor as he was baptising 80 people near a lake in southern Ethiopia, according to reports.
The crocodile bit Eshete on his legs, back and hands. Fishermen and residents tried but failed to rescue the pastor.
Later, they used fishing nets to stop the reptile from taking the pastor’s body away into the lake.
Lake Abaya is known for having a large crocodile population, according to The Telegraph, which also said reptiles are increasingly attacking humans in the lake because the number of fish are declining. And because the water is muddy, visitors find it difficult to spot a crocodile until it jumps out of the lake.
However, despite the risk, many pastors in Africa conduct baptism ceremonies in lakes and rivers, just as Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.
In an op-ed about the crocodile attack for The Christian Post, Jim Denison noted that Jesus didn’t come to prevent physical death.
“Critics of Christianity might wonder what good our faith does in a world where a baptizing pastor can be killed by a crocodile. The answer is simple: faith in Jesus doesn’t always prevent death, but it always redeems it.