According to reports made the last week of May 2022, a search was ongoing in Switzerland for the son of an Indonesian governor. Switzerland’s beautiful rivers and lakes beckon swimmers and those searching for water recreation in the warmer spring and summer months. The natural beauty welcomes many tourists, such as Eril Mumtadz, who are in search of experiences outside the ordinary. This year, no doubt, the residents of Bern are acutely aware of the risks involved in water recreation due to the unfortunate situation involving Emmeril “Eril” Kahn Mumtadz.
Ridwan Kamil, the Indonesian governor of West Java who was on an official trip to England, quickly made his way to Switzerland when he heard the news of his son. Eril was swimming with two others in the Aare river in Bern, just a few hundred meters from the city’s center. It appears as if some struggle in the water occurred, and while the two swimming with Eril were rescued, he was not. As of early June, Eril’s body had not yet been found, and he was presumed dead.
As sad and newsworthy as the disappearance of Eril is, it is a reminder that hundreds of others die in Switzerland daily and go into eternity. Most do not get coverage in the news, but they all have worth. Switzerland is a small nation with a population of 8,000,000, and the predominant religion is Christianity. However, most would fall into the Roman Catholic category, with only 4% claiming to be evangelical. Another 4% of the population is entirely unevangelized and needs to hear the Gospel for the first time. Please pray for missionaries to be trained and sent to this nation that desperately needs the Gospel.