In the still night air of Nusakambangan island, eight condemned prisoners joined together in a chorus of Amazing Grace just after midnight. They also sang Bless the Lord O My Soul before their song was cut off by the crack of gunfire.
As details began to emerge of the final minutes of the group, who included the Bali nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, it was revealed all eight prisoners rebuffed offers of blindfolds, opting instead to stare at their executioners while they broke out in song.
Pastor Karina de Vega, who witnessed the executions, said the voices of all eight members of the group cut through the air.
“They were praising their God,” Pastor de Vega said.
“It was breathtaking. This was the first time I witnessed someone so excited to meet their God.”
I wonder what effect this all had on the Indonesian soldiers aiming rifles at their hearts. That’s a story yet to unfold.