The following amazing story of a young man from Indonesia is originally from a book entitled "Extreme Devotion" which you can find in the Amazon carousel in the sidebar of this blog. May stories such as this challenge us and encourage us to deepen our devotion to the Lord:
The twenty-year-old Bible student was asleep when he was awakened by shouts of "Allah-u-ahkar!" (Allah is Almighty) Radical Muslims entered his room and beat him nearly unconscious. As Dominggus fought to escape, a sickle came down on the back of his neck, nearly severing his head. The attackers left him in a growing pool of his own blood, assuming he would soon die.
Dominggus said that his spirit left his body and was carried by angels to heaven, and he witnessed his own corpse lying motionless on the ground. He no longer felt fear or pain, but rather peace as he awaited his new life with Christ. Then he heard, "It is not time for you to serve me here."
The next voices Dominggus heard were those of Indonesian emergency medical workers. Since they did not know whether he was Christian or Muslim, they were discussing where to take his body.
Dominggus prayed to God for strength to speak. Finally, the words "I am a Christian" came out. One can only imagine the look on the workers' faces as the "dead" student answered their question.
Today, Dominggus has fully recovered. He physical scars remain, but his spirit has a renewed faith and a message of forgiveness. Dominggus stated that he is closer to God, and now, he is actively praying for his Muslim neighbors - even those who attacked him.