Kai Yokoyama

"Yes, Lord, you know that I love you"
Location: Tokyo
Nationality: Japanese
Biography: Kai Yokoyama is a photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. Starting out as an architecture student at Saitama University, he switched his major to photography and completed his studies at Tokyo College of Photography. He has traveled the world... MORE
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"Yes, Lord, you know that I love you"
Copyright Kai Yokoyama 2023
Date of Work Sep 2019 - Ongoing
Updated Aug 2020
Location Sri Lanka
Topics Children, Christianity, Documentary, Family, Islam, Loss, Photography, Photojournalism, Religion, Terrorism, Violence
A Christian church named Zion Church, in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, was blown up on 21 April 2019. The day was Easter. 31 people were killed by Muslim violence affected by IS. This was a terrorist attack aimed at blasting a series of Christian churches. More than 250 people have died in Sri Lanka as a whole.
One of the victims was a 7-year-old boy named Peter.

That day, after Sunday school at the church, he was caught in a blast while going to the bathroom. He was already dead when their family met him in the hospital.

When his parents were looking for a name in the Bible for their son, they found the name, Joshua. On a Sunday, the pastor said to another woman who was pregnant, the name for the child is Joshua. Then he came in front of them: "The Holy Spirit clearly says that the child in your womb will be named Peter."

According to the Bible, after Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected three days later, he appeared in front of his disciples. Peter was asked three times, "Do you love me?" and Peter replied, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."
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