Adventist leader forgives drunk driver


In an act of grace, John Brereton, publishing director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific, met with the drunk driver who almost killed his daughter, Lani Brereton, in a head-on crash on December 14.

Although Lani was still in a coma at the time, John Brereton stated: “I don’t want to open the door to anger,” and thanked God for giving him the strength to forgive.

I want to ask Australia to give their prayers for my daughter.

“I want to ask Australia to give their prayers for my daughter,” Brereton told Channel 7 news.

The driver who hit Lani expressed deep gratitude for the forgiveness extended to him, responding: “There is not a minute in the day I am not praying for you and your family.”

The Seventh-day Adventist Church had planned for their annual Christmas statement to call for an alcohol-free Christmas. The news of the accident came the day before the statement was taped.

For more information on Lani’s story:

Part One

Part Two

To watch Dr Barry Oliver’s Christmas message, click here.