Last week, we shared Jashim’s* story of how he was brutally attacked by a mob of 50 people, including his own family members, simply because he had renounced his old religion and had become a Christian in southwest Bangladesh. The mob beat Jashim so severely—not just once, but twice—that he ended up in the hospital with blunt-force trauma and severe mental incapacity.
But Jashim’s battle continues.
What we didn’t know previously is that when the attackers came that second time, Jashim was so desperate to end his physical pain, as well as prevent himself from turning on his newfound faith, that he attempted to take his own life. He says, “If I had taken my own life, I wouldn’t have had to renounce my faith in Jesus.” What would it be like to face so much pressure for choosing Jesus that death was seemingly your only option?
By the grace of God, once Jashim reached the hospital, the doctors were able to save him.
Since the attacks, doctors have suggested Jashim stay in bed for an entire month to fully recover. Although his physical injuries and wounds are slowly improving, he still has headaches and dizziness and is barely able to stand. Walking a few steps is a feat.
As he continues to recover, Jashim and his family are being discipled, and they are growing spiritually as they read Scripture. Jashim regrets that he tried to end his life. The love and support he has received from his family, other believers, the church and Open Doors’ local partners have made him hopeful for his future. He says, “I have received Jesus Christ into my life as my personal Lord and Savior, and I will never renounce him.”