Testimony of Mr. Thomas Uledar – How God saved him and 100s of other in Cama Hospital when Terrorists attacked Mumbai on 26th November, 2008.
The Bible says “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty GOD – Psalm 91:1 And “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in the times of trouble”
My name is Thomas Uledar, I am a believer, Jesus saved me 12 years ago. He saved my life then and now He’s given me a new meaning to my life. I am involved in Children Ministry and also run classes where we teach English. On 31st October 2008, I got married to a girl who is a believer and has the same calling i.e. involved in Children Ministry.
I have been preaching and teaching the Word of GOD since many years, however this was the first time I experienced this reality in my own life. I used to think of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego how GOD saved them miraculously, however the LORD helped me and my friends to experience this in our lives.
This is how God saved me from the hands of terrorists on 26th Nov 2008 in Mumbai.
My sister was admitted in Cama Hospital just adjacent to Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus). She delivered a baby girl on 25th November 2008, but her baby had slight complications due to which she was kept in incubator.
On 26th November 2008 myself, my Mom, elder brother, elder sister, aunty, cousin brother, two brother in-laws and two of my believer friends (totaling 10) went to visit her. It was quite late about 9.30 pm that we decided to go back home. We wanted to leave in two groups. Five left earlier and the rest of us were also leaving the Hospital. Suddenly after 15 minutes, the 5 who left earlier came running into the Hospital asking us to run and shouting that terrorists were firing bullets in the CST station.
We all started running back into the Hospital as we saw 2 terrorists entering into the building premises. They shot dead two security guards at the entrance.
We, the 10 of us are all believers in Jesus and were cautioning people to hide in the hospital room and wherever they could. They all responded well and went to hide. My mother and Aunty went into the 2nd floor where my new born niece was, in an ICU. Rest of us ran to the 5th floor to be with my sister. There were many other ladies in the Ward (Hospital General Ward). We tried to secure the doors but could not as there was no lock inside. Hence we tied the gate outside the doors with a piece of cloth and switched off all the lights in the Ward.
After few minutes I noticed that a tube light at the corridor was on and so I went out of the room to switch it off and my younger brother-in-law (Timmesh Chinakar) and one of my friend (Soumen Ghosh) followed me. I could not locate the switch, when I turned back to head for the ward, I saw the 2 terrorists coming up the stairway and they were armed with AK 47 assault rifles & guns. As I saw them I was stunned, at this time I prayed in my heart “Father I am coming Home, receive me” because I felt there was no way of escape. However there was no fear at all in me because the Word of GOD says “The LORD has not given us the spirit of fear, but of Power, of Love and of a Sound Mind” (II Timothy 1:7), further one of them (Ajmal Qasab) came directly towards me and pointed the rifle at my chest and asked “Where are the other people”? I replied “I don’t know as I came running up the stairs”.
At this time they saw my brother-in-law they caught hold of him too and then they asked me what is this? I replied “This is a hospital sir people are already half dead here” he looked at me in anger and took us inside the ward. In the meantime my friend (Soumen) was hiding under the Nurse’s desk holding the scissor in his hand thinking of attacking the other terrorist (Abu) but LORD gave him the wisdom not to use the scissor because the Word of GOD says “For all who take the sword will perish by the sword” suddenly the terrorist (Abu) saw my friend and asked him to stand with us he stood with us quietly. Abu told us if we have mobile phones to throw on the floor, so we did accordingly. They then told the 3 of us to lie down on our stomachs and then started loading their rifles, after loading their riffles we were asked to stand with our hands up. However there was hope in us according to Romans 15:13. Then Abu started looking around for people in the ward like a hungry lion. But the LORD took control of each and everything. The most incredible thing was that there were many newborn babies and some ladies who had undergone operation just few hours back but nobody made any kind of noise. I believe the Holy Spirit took control over the little babies and all were protected and kept them unharmed.
Suddenly Abu saw my elder brother (Vasu) who was lying near the bed GOD gave him the wisdom to pretend as if he was dead. Abu saw him very closely he wanted to be sure if he is dead so he kicked him on the sides but he rolled down and fell as if he was dead. The LORD confounded their (Abu and Qasab’s) minds and made them blind as HE did with Syrians in the time of Elisha. As he heard the noise of firing by policemen down the building he stood on my brothers thighs and started firing from the window. Then they told us to go inside the bathroom and Qasab followed us, there were four latrine rooms inside, in first room my elder bro-in-law and my friend were there which had no latch, in second room my cousin and a one more person was there, in third room my sister who had delivered the baby and my elder sister were there and the fourth room was empty. When Qasab came in he kicked the second and the third door but the LORD did not allow him to kick the first door which had no latch otherwise it would have opened easily. Qasab pointed the gun towards my brother-in-law and asked him to call the people out. The LORD gave wisdom to my bro-in-law and he called out in HINDI “Come out” and then in Telugu (language spoken in Andhra Pradesh) “Don’t come out” . The terrorists could not understand this language. The Word of GOD says “A thousand may fall to your side and a ten thousand to your right hand but it shall not come near you”. Qasab asked us to stand facing the wall we obeyed him, he was trying to shoot us but he was unable to do so as the Word says “The weapons formed against you shall not prosper”(Isa-54:17). As Abu was searching in the ward he found an elderly man (Harischandra Shrivardhankar-56 yrs old). He was asked to stand with us but he refused and kept pleading with him” Don’t kill me in the bathroom, kill me here itself”. So they caught him by his hair and pinned him on the ground. They told him say “Allah” and shot him on the shoulder (we later found that the bullet went through his body and had hit the floor) and stabbed him on his back.
We were praying in our hearts “LORD save him” knowing that next is our turn. But the Word of GOD says “I will satisfy you with long life” and “Call ME in the times of trouble and I will rescue you and you shall glorify ME”.
Abu found one more person in the corner of the ward, who was an employee of the hospital. And made him stand with us in a queue. Both of them (Abu & Qasab) were trying to shoot us but were unable to do so because I believe that the LORD sent HIS angels to save us.
We were just waiting for them to shoot at us and suddenly they stepped backwards and went out of the bathroom and locked us from outside. However inside there was no latch to keep ourselves safe. Through this the LORD was showing that “I AM the Redeemer and battle is MINE”. Later my brother told me that when he was lying on the floor they (Abu & Qasab) stood in the ward for around ten minutes quietly. In the meantime few policemen went on the sixth floor searching for them. Abu & Qasab followed the policemen on the sixth floor and shot two of them dead and left others injured. The LORD confused them to such an extent that they wasted their arms & ammunitions by exploding 4 Hand Grenades and firing 100s of bullets on the walls, ceilings and empty elevators (we could hear the gunshots). (I visited this floor a week later and photographed the walls.)
Meanwhile we were praying and interceding inside the bathroom and the HOLY SPIRIT led us in prayer, we wereconfessing the Word of GOD, binding the spirit of terrorism and death simultaneously releasing the Spirit of Life. No one came till 2 hours, then 10 policemen came and opened the door. When the doors were opened we saw the old man who was shot, lying on the ground, my brother who was unharmed and other people injured on the floor. We helped to take the injured to G.T. Hospital. I would also like to share that I used to faint at the sight of blood but the LORD strengthened and enabled me to help the injured people. We came back to Cama Hospital, we opened the doors of the Consulting rooms and other room where the people were hiding to tell them that they are now safe.
I had asked the Lord “Why did you allow 10 of us believers to be trapped by terrorists in the Hospital”? The LORD GOD answered me “Because of your presence other people were saved”. My mind went to the book of Genesis where Abraham pleaded for Sodom and Gomorrah & God promised him “If I find 10 righteous people I will save the city”.
I had prayed “LORD I don’t want to die now, and I want to serve you. Nevertheless, I leave it into Your Hands, if I die so be it”. The LORD saved not only me but also hundreds of people in CAMA hospital.
Praise be to the LORD for this great miracle. I urge you my friends share this testimony wherever you get chance to share that the name of our LORD be glorified through this testimony. And forward this mail to as many as you know.
Now I really want to use this New Life for Jesus.