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An Experience Like Paul’s

This is a current mission story that is almost as dramatic as the conversion of Paul.


I became involved when Pastor Paul Ciniraj,Salem Voice, Baseelia, Devalokam, Kottayam, Kerala-686038, INDIA., requested prayer for his sick children. His request follows.

10/9/202 My children, BESLY (elder son, 13 years old), HEPZY (daughter, 12 years old), and LESLY (younger son, 8 years old) came back from the school with a severe vomiting. They are admitted in the hospital. Doctors think some food adulteration. The children are very weak and tired, so we did not ask what exactly happened. Kindly pray for them. “THOUGH HE SLAY ME, YET WILL I TRUST IN HIM; BUT I WILL MAINTAIN MY OWN WAYS BEFORE HIM” (Job 13:15) Yours friend and brother in Jesus our Mighty Protector

Pastor Paul Ciniraj


10/9/2002 Thank you so much for your sincere and tearful prayers for my children Besly, Hepzy and Lesly. By God’s grace they are getting better. They came out from the observation room. The whole night we were asleep, knelt down before the Lord and waiting at the hospital. The Holy Spirit strengthen me and my wife with a wonderful power, and we’re quiet sure that came through your prayers.

My children were coming back to home from the school by a public transport bus. They use to come and go by bus only. The bus was thick with travellers and other students. A middle aged woman was sitting on a seat. As soon as she saw my children, she smiled at them, called them by name and made arrangements to sit the youngest one at her bosom and other two beside her.

On the way she enquired about our family as a well wisher. She said to the children that she is one of the prayer partners of our mission, we (Mercy and myself along with the children) went and stayed with her family some time ago and she always praying for us. My children don’t remember they met her before. When the children were out of time to getting down from the bus she supplied them chocolates as a token of love. She herself took out the rapper and forced them to eat. My children are very fond of chocolates. They were happy to get it. As soon as they got down from the bus, younger one began to vomit. Suddenly the elder one too. Then the daughter. They lost their chocolates when they vomited.

Somebody went on the way saw this and they brought them home soon. By the time the younger son fainted. We were afraid. But prayed to God and reached them to the hospital. Doctors found poison in their saliva and gave the exact treatment in time. If we were late two or three minutes….. ?

Praise God. He protected us mightily as the apple of His eyes. He answered our prayers. Thank you again for your prayers. Now they are OK. They are God’s children. LET HIM DO WHAT HE WANTS. We searched for that woman. But nobody knows. We reported to the police. I don’t think the hospital is safe. And I don’t know what to do next. Please pray that God Himself take care of us according His will.

The little girl did not recover as the boys did but remained in a coma. Her condition worsened.

Pastor Paul Ciniraj


11/9/2002 Dear Saint of God Glory to Jesus Please pray for my daughter HEPZY. At the day time she was allright. She is having a sudden change after the evening. She is suffering for breathe. She wants to talk; but can’t. Loosing memory power. Poison might have effected her lungs, doctors say. Please…please…please pray for my daughter. Our Lord will not make His children ashamed before the scoffers and heathens. H is the Lord of miracles. By His stripes we have healing. Let His precious blood being poured on her lungs. Let His nailed hands being touched her whole body. May our Lord forgive the one who did this. By God’s grace both boys are OK. My wife is upset. Pray for me too, that God may strengthen me to suffer anything. LET HIS WILL BE DONE.

Pastor Paul Ciniraj


12/9/2002 HEPZY REMAINING UNCONSCIOUSNESS. CONTINUE PRAYING FOR HER. “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fall, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet i will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lod God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.” (Habakkuk3:17-19).

Pastor Paul Ciniraj


The little girl is miraculously healed.

12/9/2002 My 12 year old daughter Hepzy was unconscious about 30 hours. Myself, my wife Mercy, our boys Besly and Lesly knelt down before our Lord around her bed and was praying with full of tears. My sons had been recovered from the trouble; and were with us at the same room. We were sure that hundreds of the children of God like you were praying for Hepzy with tears at that time.

When we were praying we saw Hepzy’s face became so bright. Though her eyes were closed, but smiled with full of Joy. Quickly she lifted her hands up and was trying to catch something. We assured she is departing from us. My wife and children cried aloud. I tried to control; but couldn’t. Duty doctors and sisters rushed into the room hearing our cries. Doctor was attempting to check her pulse. But before he was checking the pulse Hepzy got up automatically from the bed. Her hands were up and we clearly felt that she was holding something in the space. She was calling “YESHU APPACHAA…., YESHU APPACHAA….” in our mother tongue. (Yeshu=Jesus; Appacha=Abba). Then she opened her eyes. She looked into her hands with an amazement, then looked up to the space, again to the hands and fingering a point, said: “AVIDE YESHU APPACHAN!” (There is Abba Jesus). I hold her hands and called her by name. Without any problem she recognized all of us. She realised that she is in the hospital. It was about 1’O Clock at midnght.

She wanted to eat something. So doctor checked her thoroughly. And asked us to feed her something light. She is having little temperature. Doctor prescribed a tablet and she had it. Before go to the bed we praised our Lord together. Hepzy praised the Lord and prayed with a new power. PRAISE THE LORD! OUR GOD IS THE LORD OF MIRACLES! LIVING GOD! MIGHTY SAVIOUR!

Now Hepzy is taking rest. Mercy, Besly and Lesly are with her. I came home to convey this miraculous news of our Mighty Lord answered the prayers of precious and spirit filled children of God like yourself for Hepzy and gave her life back for His glorification. Please pray that our Lord may make use of her as His witness to win many unto His fold.

No! I will never turn back from the Lord. At any cost winning the Muslim world and the third world unto the Salvation of Jesus is my ultimate aim. The death may embrace me. Doesn’t matter! For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Once again thank you for your valuable prayers and timely sending the messages of encouragement. We have only few people praying for us and asking our howabouts. In which you are the one. I will never forget it. May God give you reward and bless you, your family, your collegues and your ministry. We always will be remembering you in our prayers. Yours friend and brother

Pastor Paul Ciniraj


The next part of the saga is when the pastor receives a confession from the man behind the plot to kill his children.


To Siniraj Muhammed Sir

I want to confess something before you. Please forgive my sins and pray for me. I could not even sleep a bit since last few days. Sometimes I feel I’m going to be mad. If you pray, your living Lord and God will give me good sleep and heal me from mental worries. I was one among those who tried to destroy your children last week. We wanted to give you a big shock and wanted to bring you back to Islam as a good weapon against Christianity.

Our operation did not succeed. I was watching with two others with an ambulance nearby the hospital to see your daughters death. Our plan was to kidnap the dead body along with your family in our ambulance. But I saw a ball of light came down from the sky and stood over the room where your daughter was lying unconscious. I saw a hand came out from the ball and stood your daughter up. There was a hole in the middle of that hand and the blood was flowing down. I felt giddiness and fallen down. My friends moved me from there at once. After that I could not sleep.

Whenever I feel sleepy, at once I see that particular hand which flows blood through a hole. Yesterday night I saw a shadow of a human face (face was not clear) appeared behind the hand and asked me that why was I nailing him. I have no peace. I can’t say it to the others. If they suspect me, I will be killed. Please forgive my sins. Please ask your God to give me peace. Pray for me that I may get good sleep. Sorry to say that my name here is not real. But the contents of this mail is fully truth.

Yours faithfully

Hussain AlRafeeqi

At this point the pastor did not know if this confession was real or not. He asked for prayer for the man.


19/9/2002 My dear Saint of God Praise be to the Lord Jesus Please pray for the person who sent the following mail. If he is true, may God forgive him, protect him from the enemies and bring him unto HIS Mighty Salvation. Also make use of him as a vessel of witness to win many unto the fold of Jesus our Saviour. PRAISE YOU JESUS ! THANK YOU LORD ! YOU ARE WONDERFUL, COUNSELLOR, THE MIGHTY GOD, THE EVERLASTING FATHER, THE PRINCE OF PEACE ! WE WORSHIP YOU AND ADORE YOU FOREVER AND EVER !

Pastor Paul Ciniraj


In the next part of the saga Hussain manages to get a good night’s sleep.

21/9/2002 To Ciniraj Mohamed

Sir After 10 days I slept well last night. I know it is because of your prayers. Thank you. I believe Jesus is a Prophet. He is known as Kalimathullah, Ruhullah and Massihullah. Yours faithfully

Hussain AlRafeeqi


At this point the pastor sends a reply to Hussain using both the Quran and the Bible in harmony to appeal to the terrorist. I commend this pastor’s arguments to you should you find yourself witnessing to a Muslim.

21/9/2002 Dear friend (Hussain AlRafeeqi) Praise be to the Lord Jesus. Thank you for your testimony, which God the Father through His only begotten Son and Our Lord Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit graciously granted you good sleep without thinking of your inequities. Praise Him Always!! You said that you believe Jesus is a Prophet. But Jesus is not only a Prophet; He is the Son of God as well as Living God. As you said He is Kalimathullah, Ruhullah and Massihullah. Kalimathulla means Word of God. Bible says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

Rhuhulla/Ruhun minhu means Spirit from God. Bible says: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24); “Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2Cor 3:17). Massihulla means Messiah of God. Bible says: “The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh, which is called Christ; when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he” (John 4:25-26).Massiha/Messiah means Christ or Saviour, Anointed by God the Father, Deliverer or Redeemer of mankind. It is very clear JESUS IS THE ONLY ANOINTED ONE OF GOD TO DELIVER OR REDEEM THE MANKIND FROM SIN AND ETERNAL DEATH AS THE SAVIOUR. Listen ! Ih’dina Sirathwal musthakim? Is the fifth verse of the first Surah of the Quran and it means Show us the straight path. There is a tradition saying that ‘sirathwal musthakim’ is a narrow bridge over hell to heaven which is made out of seven torn pieces of a hair. The righteous can pass over the bridge without any trials; but the wicked will go to hell.

A worldly man cannot pass over the narrow bridge. Jesus says in the Book of Injil (Gospel), ?Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it? (Matthew 7:13-14).

The Quran gives warning to mankind ?Lo! They who deny our revelations and scorn them, for them the gates of Heaven will not be opened nor will they enter the garden until the camel goeth through the needle’s eye? (Quran 7:40).

As in the Quran there is a Right Narrow Path to get into Heaven.

The Quran 7:10-17 says: ?God created Adam out of mud, fashioned him and told the angels to fall and prostrate before the man. Iblis (Lucifer) did not obey. God degraded him. Still he asked God for reprieve till the day when the human beings are raised from the dead. It was granted. Then Iblis said to God that he will lurk in ambush of man on God’s Right Path. Again he said that he will go upon them from before them and from behind them and from their right hands and from their left hands for God would not find most of them beholden?.

Mankind does not see the Right Narrow Path, because it is hidden by Satan. Also he tries to lead them into wrong, broad and worldly ways. But the children of Abraham knows the broad path is not the right one to heaven. So you pray to God to show us the Right Path.

Jesus said: ?Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able? (Luke 13:24). In the Scripture of the Holy Bible, same Jesus declared : ?I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me.? (John 14:6).

The Quran says in 19:21 about Jesus as a revelation for mankind and a mercy from God, and it is a thing ordained.

Jesus destroyed the head of Iblis (Satan) through the sacrificial death on the cross, and opened the narrow door of Heaven. He says: ?In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.? (John 16:33). Also He has given grace for those who are born of God so they can overcome the world.

Yes! It is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith. I John 5:4,5 says, “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” But still it is very sad to say that Gospel is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).”For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2Cor 5:21).”But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:4).”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).

“But as many as received Jesus, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). God doesn’t allow anyone goes astray. Believe in Jesus as the Son of God and your personal Saviour. Say the following prayer in your heart and by mouth. GOD THE HEAVENLY FATHER, I BELIEVE IN JESUS AS YOUR ONLY BEGOTTEN SON WHO CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN AND DIED ON THE CROSS TO GIVE ME ETERNAL LIFE AND SALVATION. I ACCEPT JESUS AS MY PERSONAL SAVIOUR. FILL ME WITH YOUR HOLY SPIRIT THAT I MAY WALK WITH JESUS MY LORD ACCORDING HIS WILL AND COMMANDMENTS. AMEN !! May God bless you and make use of you as a good weapon for His Eternal Kingdom. Shalom in the Name of Messiah Jesus



I then received a message from the pastor with a copy of a reply from the terrorist.

22/9/2002 Dear Saint of God Praise be to the Lord Jesus Hope you are keeping fine. Please pray for the person known as Hussain AlRafeeqi. I’m forwarding his reply. It seems the Holy Spirit is working in him. Holy Spirit may reproves him of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement. May our Lord save him and make use of him for His glory. By the grace of God through your prayers my children Besly, Hepzy and Lesly are OK. They are conveying their regards and prayers to you. Please pray for our ministry. We have started our ministry in a new village where more than 100 Muslim families and 200 Hindu families are living. We badly need prayers as well as financial helps from the humble children of God. Yours friend and brother in Messiah Jesus

Pastor Paul Ciniraj,



Respected Paul Ciniraj Mohamed

After reading your message my whole body is shivering. I want to tell out everything what I have done before. I feel sorry for everything. I want to cry aloud. I am unable to control myself. I don’t know what is happening in me. I will be smashed if the secrets are leaked out from me. I don’t know what to do. Pray for me please. Hussain

As of today, Rashid AlHussain (Hussain) confesses that he has accepted Jesus as his Savior. I include the whole message from the pastor with the relevant email addresses included in case you wish to write to either of them.

Pastor Paul Ciniraj,



Hussain accepted Jesus as Saviour

Dear Saint of God Praise the Lord Jesus

Hussain AlRafeeqi’s original name is Rashid AlHussain, he says. He has accepted Jesus as his Personal Saviour. Pray for him and if God guides send him a mail and tell him that you love him in Jesus and praying for him. Yours in the Everlasting Love of Messiah Jesus

Pastor Paul Ciniraj, Salem Voice, Baseelia, Devalokam, Kottayam, Kerala-686038, INDIA. (e-mail: )Our home page:


Respected Paul Ciniraj Mohamed

I am still shivering with fear. When I go to bed I cannot sleep. My memory goes on goes on since my childhood. All of my sins came to my mind. I want to share.

Forgive me God. I became a member of a fanatic movement. I tortured many Christians, raped nuns, murdered Ashraf and Wahab of Paul Ciniraj Mohamed’s mission. I voluntarily took the leadership of a group to destroy Paul Ciniraj and family. Attacked them several times. Miraculously they escaped. Once we went with a plan to kill him at night. But we saw there was a number of gunmen around his house. Another time they were in a terrible hunger. From the school going children we know they ate nothing. Children became very week. We send a woman with some adulterous fast food. But on the way a dog has bitten her, she injured seriously and could not give them fast food. We thought his children, at least his daughter would die because of poisonous chocolate. God forgive me. I repent on all my sins. I cry before you. My Christian brothers and sisters, forgive me.

Siniraj Muhammed and family forgive me. Jesus forgive me.

Jesus I accept you as my Lord. Come into my heart. You are my personal Saviour from now onwards. I believe you have died for me and rose from the dead. You are my everything. Wash me by your precious blood. Fill me with peace.

My name is not Hussain AlRafeeqi. I am Rashid AlHussain. Pray for me. God fill me with peace


After this we corresponded directly with Rashid AlHussain. Here are his replies.

September 23, 2002 I am in trouble. I doubt my group came to know my mind has changed. But I believe my decision of accepting Jesus is right. I got many mails from Christian brothers and sisters. Before viewing each mails I thought you are scolding and cursing me with mere words of hate for what I have done against Christians. But I never saw one like that. Not even one asked me why had I done all those. Each mail was covered with sincere love and affection. For me it is a new experience.

I am not turning back whatever happened. Our supreme commander may avoid me and reshuffle the group. If so they will give you more harm than before. I may not be seen on the earth. Some of you may suspect me. Quiet natural. I deserve it. I am 26 years of old. Not married. I have no worries about a family. If God allows me to live I shall be his witness. If not I will consider it as an earthly punishment. I have a hope. A blessed hope on eternity. My soul will be with God in Heaven. We shall meet there. Pray for me. Thank you for all of your heartfull love. Thank God for your prayers.

Rashid AlHussain


October 6, 2002 Greetings to you from Rashid in the name of Jesus Christ. Today I read your loving message. I am happy you are praying for me. God has done miracle in my life. I had to be killed. The supreme commander of my former group ordered for the execution against me and I was locked in an underground room. There was not even windows or ventilators in that room except only one door. It was locked from outside. I was sure about my death.

A power inspired me to pray to Jesus. I prayed with tears. It was my first experience. When I was praying I felt a huge number of people praying behind me. I know you people were praying for me at that time. While I was praying I felt something moving under the floor mat. I brought up the mat and saw a small insect was flown out through a small hole. I got a nail from the wall and tried to make the hole bigger. As soon as I was pulling the hole with nail, a small door was opened and saw a narrow passage.

Again I prayed to Jesus, entered into the passage, probably I might have walked a 100 meters in the darkness through the passage. The fear of enemies with stun gun, fear of snakes, fear of wild creatures hunted me, but there was an unspoken courage guided me. The passage stopped in a small platform of a deep well. There is a motor affixed in that platform to pump water. There was moon light, so I haven’t fallen down into the well, but came out through the water pipe.

I have run fast. In truth I was not running; Jesus Christ was carried me in His shoulder. I fully left my homeland and hidden in an interior hilly place. I have no way to contact you. Today I came to a city to send you this information. I sent messages to the respected Paul Siniraj Muhammad first, but mail returned. If he doesn’t receive my message, please tell him that I’m safe and pray for me. Today I got another blessing. A Bible in the language of Urdu. I may not contact you again. If God allows, we shall contact sometime later as a servant of Jesus Christ. Till then pray for me. Otherwise we shall meet in heaven. Yours faithfully



Let us continue to pray on behalf of Rashid. He is a powerful witness to the power of God and is sharing Jesus with others who do not know Him at all. Hallelujah!