From a Beer Can to a Bible
Gospel for Asia Newsletter

August 2012 • Vol. 8, No. 5

From a Beer Can to a Bible

Lankesh had a secure job as a bus conductor in the city.

He was responsible for the safe transportation of hundreds of Sri Lankans every day. With the income from his job, Lankesh helped support his mother and sister at home.

Every weekend, Lankesh would faithfully come home to visit his mother and sister, and just as faithfully, every weekend his mother, Yachana, would share with him about Jesus. However, Lankesh was convinced of his traditional religious beliefs, and he had no interest in giving them up. When his mother would talk about Jesus, Lankesh would get angry and leave the house, usually to go drinking with his friends.

Alchohol Takes Over a Life

Then suddenly, Lankesh stopped making his weekend visits. His alcohol habit had become so excessive that he even discontinued his own religious activities, which he had once valued so highly.

To make matters worse, Lankesh was no longer providing money for the family. Yachana was already struggling financially, and she was devastated by her son’s disappearance. Her heart ached as she wondered where her boy could be. So she did the only thing she could think of: She prayed.

Yachana visited her Gospel for Asia-supported pastor, Fateh. She explained to him that she had not seen her son in some time, and she was afraid for his safety. Fateh encouraged her to continue praying for her son and to trust in the Lord. Yachana was convinced that her pastor was right. She went home that day full of faith that she would see her son by the end of the week.

A Wayward Son Comes Home

Imagine Yachana’s delight when Lankesh came home that very weekend! She was so thankful to see that he was safe. And she was even more overjoyed when he agreed to go to church with her that Sunday.

However, Yachana noticed a distressing change in her son that weekend. Lankesh’s eyes were red, and his face looked strange to her.

Free from Demonic Possession

During the time of prayer at church, Pastor Fateh prayed for Lankesh. But Lankesh began to scream wildly, and the pastor immediately recognized that he was possessed by a demon. Lankesh collapsed to the floor. The pastor continued to pray fervently over the young man, until the demon was gone and Lankesh was delivered.

Today, Lankesh is earnestly following after Jesus and has given up his former lifestyle. Yachana is at peace and thankful to the Lord for freeing her son from danger. She credits the incredible power of prayer for delivering him. She is delighted to see Lankesh carrying a Bible now instead of a beer can.

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