How Jesus Drew Me Closer To Him
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Roshana (name changed to protect her identity) is a Christian worker from Sri Lanka. In May 2014, after a prayer meeting, she was attacked by Buddhist monks. She recounts her experience and shares how it has impacted her faith:
It was a Thursday. We were in a prayer meeting in another believer’s house in a place called Wattegama. At around two in the afternoon, just when I was about to come out of the house, I got a call from a stranger. The stranger said she wanted to come and ask for our prayers.
At 3:00 PM, the caller—a mother and her three daughters—arrived. Before praying, I introduced them to Jesus Christ. Just when I was about to pray for them, five Buddhist monks arrived. They surrounded the house with a mob of young people. They took their cameras out and recorded a video of us from the outside. With the camera rolling, they trespassed; they came over to where I was and slapped and hit me.
They forced me to go with them to the temple. I refused, so they dragged me to the temple instead. They took my bag, my Bible – everything I had. They poured a bottle of water over my head and a man came in and strangled me.
They told me they would kill me. I told them that Jesus was there for me, so I have no problem with dying. They saw that I was being stubborn and tried to scold me, but there were no tears in my eyes. Even though I was alone, I didn’t have fear.
They mocked and cursed me. The monks took my belongings and called my family, saying they had handed me over to the police.
I’ve been doing prayer meetings for four years and nothing like this has ever happened. Somebody had planned it.
I am still going through some trauma, but I know God loves me very much. There is nothing compared to that. He changed my life, and I want to see other people’s lives being changed by Him. I want to see more people redeemed.
I was more drawn to Jesus after this incident. I believe this has given me strength for my future ministry. After what happened, the fear that I had for society had gone. Now, there is no fear at all.