“Very clearly I heard again the same voice, ‘My daughter.’ I look[ed] back. There was a bright light shining on the corner. Inside of the light I saw Jesus the Lord.”
Sayujya Thampuratti belongs to the Hindu Royal family of Kerala in India, and she shared recently about how Jesus came to her one day—revealing Himself to be the One Way to God the Father—and changed her life forever.
“From childhood I was an idol worshiper,” says Sayujya. She describes in the posting how she had been “offering flowers to [her] idols” when one of them fell from her hand and broke into several pieces. She became very upset and “cried with a deep sorrow,” she says.
“While I was crying, Somebody touched me on the shoulder. I thought it was my mother…the Person touched my shoulder [and] called me ‘My daughter,'” described Sayujya.
“I was shocked because it was a gentleman’s [voice]. I stood up immediately and turned towards Him; but I found nobody behind me. I looked around the corners. I was surprised to [find] nothing because I was quite sure that [Someone] had touched me and called me as daughter,” continued Sayujya.
Finding no one, the girl went back to her room and tried to put the broken idol back together, to no avail. She began to weep again, until…
“Very clearly I heard again the same voice, ‘My daughter,'” Sayujya described. “I look[ed] back. There was a bright light shining on the corner. Inside of the light I saw Jesus the Lord. I quickly understood it was Jesus, because many times I saw His picture several places. Jesus told me, ‘My daughter, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no man comes unto God the Father, but by Me. Believe Me…and follow Me.’
“Automatically I knelt down before Him. I confessed before the Lord Jesus and accepted Him as my personal Savior and Lord,” said Sayujya. (Photo: Sayujya being baptized/PCM)
Following her amazing conversion, she took all her idols and threw them away, much to the astonishment of her parents. She explained what had happened to them, but “they became angry and began to persecute me,” she said.
Sayujya was able to obtain a Bible from Pastor Paul and Mercy Ciniraj of Paul Ciniraj Ministries (PCM), and she was soon baptized.
Says Sayujya, “I asked Paul Ciniraj Ministries for more Bibles to distribute among my friends that they too will be believing Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Now I share my testimony among my fellow beings and distributing Gospel tracts and Bibles through PCM.”
Sayujya added, “Every day I am becoming strong in my faith in Jesus Christ, my Lord. Please pray for my family and friends to experience this marvelous and happiest salvation.”
Please join us in prayer for Saeed’s health and protection. Take action in urging our nation’s leaders to directly engage diplomatically to save Pastor Saeed’s life. -ACLJ
According to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who was recently transferred from Iran‘s notorious Evin Prison to an even more dangerous one, was denied his medication.
The CBN News report stated that Saeed’s father had attempted to visit him this week in the new location, Rajai Shahr prison, and had brought along the medication he’d been taking and other personal belongings, but he was turned away.
The prison officials told his father that Saeed was not allowed to have any of them.
There is a petition that people, concerned with Saeed’s welfare, can sign which urges President Obama to take action regarding Pastor Saeed’s release. Click on the following link to sign it. beheardproject.com/saeed
Saeed is an American pastor who was born in Iran, and who returned there over a year ago to help set up an orphanage. He was arrested for his Christian faith and sentenced to prison for 8 years.
Hilary White (Nov 13, 2013)
“What’s macabre in wanting to remember a creature with two arms, two hands, one head, two eyes, two ears; a being who could live, who lacked nothing, and instead whose life is now done? What’s macabre in allowing those who have suffered the pain to have a place to remember him?” -Elisa Calessi
(Florence, Italy)—The mayor of Florence has roused the fury of feminists and the far left after he announced that city hall would recognize an established section of the municipal cemetery of Trespiano dedicated to babies who have died “before birth,” including by abortion. Various representatives of Italy’s extreme-left, including the Radical Party, have denounced the move as “macabre” and an attack on the country’s liberal abortion law. (Photo: Florence/Lonely Planet)
While the area of the cemetery has existed “unofficially” since 1996, the city council of Florence approved officially this month a section dedicated for the burial of “children who died before birth.” According to Deputy Mayor Stefania Saccardi, there are “more than a thousand unborn children whose burial was sought” since 1996. Saccardi cited a 1990 law that requires municipalities to provide burial services for [unborn babies].
“In Florence we decided to dedicate this special service, a space where you can also erect gravestones, because one who has the conviction that the fetus is a person can now have the freedom to bury it as such,” she said.
The motion was strongly supported in the city’s government, passing with 30 votes in favor, 4 against and 7 abstentions.
[In response to accusations from Leftist radicals] Elisa Calessi wrote in Libero Quotidiano in response to a complaint by feminist journalist Maria Terragni, who had called the decision a “horror” and an “exultation of the pro-life movement.”
“If there is a horror,” wrote Calessi, “and there is, it is not in the memory of those who died, but in the way death was procured when it happens and is not named as such.”
“What’s macabre in wanting to remember a creature with two arms, two hands, one head, two eyes, two ears; a being who could live, who lacked nothing, and instead whose life is now done? What’s macabre in allowing those who have suffered the pain to have a place to remember him?”
“I was struck by the violence of Terragni. The ideological fury that always results in distorting reality and trampling on what it claims to defend: the freedom of individuals.”
“He is a kind and generous person who takes to heart the Jewish [and Christian] tenet of ‘do unto others.'”
(New York City)—Isaac Theil had no idea how his kind act on a subway ride home recently, would get the attention of so many; his simple compassion was what his daughter later described as “just typical of Dad.” (Photo by braffination)
On the “Q” train, a couple weeks ago, heading for Brooklyn, the passenger sitting on Theil’s right side nodded off, his head drooped and rested on Isaac’s shoulder.
Isaac—wearing his yarmulke—just sat quietly, not moving, so as not to disturb the sleeping stranger, who wore a hoodie.
It caught the eye of another subway rider, who offered to stir the man for Isaac. But, according to a Tablet Magazine report, Isaac politely declined saying, “He must have had a long day, let him sleep. We’ve all been there, right?”
The passenger then snapped a photo and posted it on Reddit where it soon hit other social networks and went mega-viral, “garnering nearly 200,000 shares on Facebook.”
Isaac let the stranger use him as a pillow for nearly an hour, only carefully moving away when he had to exit the train.
By the next morning, Isaac Theil’s “Kiddush Hashem” (as his rabbi later called it) act of kindness was all over the blogosphere, and his family was on the phone.
Theil’s close relative, Orlee Zorbaron, said of the 65-year-old, “Isaac’s lovely act of graciousness towards a stranger on the train is emblematic of the life that he leads and behavior that he strives for. He is a kind and generous person who takes to heart the Jewish tenet of ‘do unto others.'”
Isaac’s daughter quipped, “Who lets a random stranger sleep on his shoulder in germ-filled New York City? But this is just typical of Dad.”
“The whole thing was happenstance,” Isaac recalled in the Tablet Magazine report. “I simply remembered the times my own head would bop on someone’s shoulder because I was so tired after a long day. When I got off the subway, I didn’t give it a second thought.”