Thankappan, a taxi driver in South Asia, once despised Christian missionaries. As a fanatic Hindu and active member of an anti-Christian movement, he often spoke out against Christianity and even organized people near Hindu temples to challenge the evangelistic activities of Christians.
Once, when an evangelist handed him a Gospel leaflet, he made a public display of burning it. Another time he argued with an evangelist and ended up slapping him.
But Christ Jesus captured him and made use of him as a good vessel in His vineyard. And today he testifies Jesus as a miraculous man.
One day while driving his taxi a few years ago, he happened to drive near a Gospel meeting on a street corner. Pastor Paul of Bibles for Mideast, himself a convert from Islam to Christianity, led the meeting. Seeing Pastor Paul, a former Muslim, and a former Hindu both witnessing for Christ enraged him. He spat in the diretion of the meeting through his car window.
At that very moment–while his anger distracted him—a huge truck ploughed into his car. Thankappan sustained multiple injuries and ended up in a coma in hospital.
His intestines, both small and large, protruded from his abdomen. Doctors tried their best, but were unable to reposition them within his body. They declared he had less than a 0.01% hope of survival. So they created a pouch outside his body and just simply kept intestines together as a pack hanging below his waist, and stitched him up.
While still comatose a few days later, something remarkable happened. He had a vision that Jesus Christ touched him and said, “I am giving you life again. Confess your sins and become my witness.”
When Thankappan opened his eyes, he saw Pastor Paul praying over him. Others, including his wife, stood nearby with tears in their eyes, expecting his death at any moment.
Though he had been unable to speak, he slowly opened his mouth and said to Pastor Paul, “Pastor, I spat at you. I spat at Jesus Christ. I persecuted the Lord Jesus and His servants. Forgive me. Forgive me. Ask my Lord to forgive me.” Then he began to weep deeply.
A short time later, someone called for the doctor. He was amazed to see Thankappan had emerged from the coma, speaking and crying.
“This is a great miracle!” the doctor exclaimed.
Thankappan was baptized and became an evangelist, distributing Christian literature and witnessing about Jesus all over the city. His wife also became a believer and helped him in ministry.
When preaching on street corners, he holds the Bible in one hand and reveals his unusual digestive pouch as part of his testimony.
“I was an enemy of Christians, but Jesus Christ loved me, made me alive and saved me from sin and death. Now I am His servant,” he declares. “I was persecuting Christians; but the Lord Jesus showed me how He mightily fights for His children. And I am a clear example for that.”
His grown children, living with their own families and also once strongly against Christianity have all accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Thankappan still drives cars for his livelihood as well as being involved with our Lord’s ministries.
Pray for him and his entire family that they would continue to be used mightily as witnesses for the Lord.