Even Valomar Thompson, 36, was shocked by the way God delivered him out of the hands of a violent Rastafarian man who threatened to end his life with a knife for preaching Christ on a commuter bus two Saturdays ago.
“I can tell you the truth, I did not think that God would do it immediately or any at all. And immediately when I saw that I was shocked. I was even afraid too. When I saw the reaction in the gentleman it was like I was in a surreal world, like something else was taking place and it was just a dream or something,” said Thompson.
The young Christian father who is a member of the Power of Faith Ministries International Church in the city of Portmore, Jamaica, tells Mustard Seed Stories that the Lord sent him to preach on the commuter bus last Saturday morning and he decided to obey.
He said he got dressed, walked from his home until he reached the neighborhood of Waterford where he boarded the bus. He then began preaching a message about hell and repentance.
Shortly after he started preaching however the Rastafarian boarded the bus and was soon trying to shut him up by berating him with expletives.
Rastafari is a religion which developed in Jamaica in the 1930s, after the coronation of Haile Selassie I as King of Ethiopia in 1930. It adherents believe Haile Selassie is God and that he will return members of the black community who are living in exile as the result of colonization and the slave trade.
Thompson said the Rastafarian told him there is no God and vulgarly dismissed him as a beggar. With a receptive crowd en route to Kingston to attend the popular Coronation market in the bus however, Thompson ignored the Rastafarian and continued to preach.
Suddenly, people in the bus begin shuffling, then a woman began to scream “he has a knife, he has a knife.”
“My back was turned to him and when I heard the commotion and the person screaming ‘he has a knife, he has a knife,’ I turned around and I faced him,” said Thompson.
“‘Hey boy, didn’t you hear me say there is no God? It’s JAH, Rastafari,’” Thompson said his attacker told him.
The Rastafarian then told him if he didn’t stop preaching he would gut him with his knife.
The preacher had grown angry but in that moment he said something came over him and he declared powerfully declared to the Rastafarian: “If there is no God, you will prevail over me with this knife in your hand. But if there is a God that made you and I, you will not speak another word to me or in the presence of these people.”
Immediately, says the preacher, “that man could not speak” and it sent shivers through everyone on the bus that witnessed it.
The dumbstruck Rastafarian also shocked by his inability to speak began ripping out his dreadlocks.
“When he was trying to make sounds… and saw that he could not make a sound from his mouth he started pulling out his hair. He was just grabbing his hair, violently ripping his hair. And then persons, they saw, because God allowed witnesses to see what was happening it was an uproar,” said Thompson.
Even the driver was forced to stop the bus and marvel at what had happened to the Rastafarian.
Everyone on the bus was amazed “that the mighty hand of God had done this thing.”
“I too I must admit, I too was frightened,” said Thompson who had no idea God would have answered his prayer “immediately.”
The preacher said when he reached his stop he prayed and asked God to release the tongue of the Rastafarian who had been dumbstruck for just over a minute.
“You may speak in the name of the Lord Jesus. Let you know that he is God,” Thompson said he told his attacker while pointing at him.
Immediately, as he said that, the Rastafarian was able to speak and the encounter forced him to confess the Lord Jesus.
Thompson said he ministered to the Rastafarian on the bus who declared: “Now I know that Jesus is Lord.”
The story however doesn’t end there. Thompson said the Rastafarian told him that he was once a deacon at a church in Manchester Parish on the western end of the island but renounced Christ after he was introduced to Rastafari.
He later joined a community of Rastafarians called Judgement Yard.
When he joined the camp, the backslidden deacon was given a new name. Thompson who was unable to say how unable to say how long his new convert was in the Judgement Yard, said by the length of his locks it appears to have been a significant period of time.
“I have now seen the wondrous work of almighty God in such a way that I have never seen it before,” said Thompson.
As for his attacker said Thompson: “He’s a converted believer now. He said to me that after he had renounced Christ he had not remembered his real name again until he said ‘yes’ to Christ again.”
The man was reunited with his church in Manchester after the camp kicked him out on learning of his conversion and Thompson and his church are working to get him readjusted to life as a Christian.
Listen to Valomar Thompson tell his story below:
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