A heroic Sri Lankan church member sacrificed his life to stop a bomber from entering the church premises. Hundreds of lives were saved because of his selfless act!
Story of Heroism
On Easter Sunday, 253 people were killed during the bombings of three churches, three luxury hotels, and a housing complex. While the nation is still grieving from the horrific attacks, a story of heroism during one of the bombings emerged.
A Sunday school class was being held right before the main Easter service at the Zion Church in Batticaloa when a bomber tried to enter the premises. Ramesh Raju, the husband of the Sunday school teacher, noticed the suspicious man and immediately approached him.
The 40-year-old building contractor was alarmed by the presence of the stranger with a huge backpack. Ramesh also noticed that the backpack was weighing down the man as he was walking.
He then rushed towards the man interrogating him about the contents of the large bag and his intentions for going there. Flustered, the suicide bomber told Ramesh that it contained a video camera and that he had come to film the church members worshipping.
The Sri Lankan hero was not satisfied with the man’s answer so he demanded him to leave the area.
“My husband sensed something was wrong and informed him he’d need to get permission first,” Chrishanthini, Ramesh’s wife, said.
His name is Ramesh Raju . He was Praying at Srilanka Batticaloa Church when ISIS Suicide bomber tried to enter the church. He prevented the Bomber and saved many many lives and died in the process. He was just 40!
— Prashanth Rangaswamy (@itisprashanth) April 24, 2019
Chrishanthini led the children into the main church which was packed with 450 worshippers. She was confident that her husband could handle the situation. Moments later, the ground was shaken by an enormous explosion.
The bomber detonated the bomb right outside the church killing Ramesh instantly. Ramesh saved hundreds of lives by giving his life!
The families of the survivors will always be grateful for the sacrifice of this amazing Sri Lankan hero. But for Chrishanthini and her children, it is only their faith that can sustain them during this time of grieving.
“I love my Jesus, I love my Jesus,” she uttered as she was crying.
Let Ramesh’s sacrifice be known by everyone, share this to let others know that there are still heroes today!
Reference: Faithwire Photos: Prashanth Rangaswamy on Twitter