Woman Who Survived Sri Lanka Bombings With Terrible Burns Gets Married This Easter Season

Rebekah in 2019 after the attack.(Photo: International Open Doors)

Rebekah was at her church bookstore when the explosion destroyed the building. On Easter Sunday 2019, Sri Lanka was rocked by some of the deadliest attacks on Christian targets in years.

The initial six explosions carried out by Islamist suicide bombers occurred at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, Zion Church in Batticaloa, where Rebekah was staying, and three luxury hotels. Around 270 people were killed and at least 500 were injured.

Rebekah survived the attack with her body and face badly burned. She spent several weeks in the intensive care unit and had to undergo multiple surgeries. Along with her physical pain, Rebekah also suffered emotionally as in the attack she lost her older sister, brother-in-law and little nephew.

Throughout this calamity, Rebekah was a beacon of hope for her surviving family during these difficult times. Despite her injuries, even unable to move the fingers of her left hand, she helped care for her orphaned and seriously injured nephew and niece. The little girl, Debbie, had lost her sight.

When local Open Doors partners visited after the attack, Rebekah said she didn’t even have the peace of mind to celebrate occasions such as Christmas and birthdays because the pain of her loss was way too overwhelming. Her injuries confined her to her home for a long time.

However, Rebekah chose to stay strong for her niece and nephew. The Open Doors partners have been able to visit her family several times over the past few years and have noticed the gradual change in Rebekah’s mental and emotional state. Asked about the situation, Rebekah said last year: “I know that God does everything for our good. I have so much peace in my heart.

In her heart, she also had love blooming.

Three years after her traumatic experience and just days before Easter 2022, Rebekah married the son of a pastor in Jaffna. Surrounded by family members and numerous guests and dressed in a stunning bridal outfit, Rebekah began a new chapter in her life.

(Photo: International Open Doors)

The young woman and Kaushik, now her husband, met last year on social networks. Rebekah, who is a very good singer, released a song with a music video and shared it on Facebook. After spotting and watching the video, Kaushik sent him a friend request.

“I don’t normally accept friend requests from people I don’t know, so I was very reluctant to accept it,” Rebekah recently told Open Doors partners. “But I ended up accepting it and we started talking.”

Seeing how interested he was in her, Rebekah took an interest in Kaushik herself. After dating online for some time, the couple asked their families to meet to discuss the matter, as is tradition in Sri Lanka.

“When we went to Jaffna to meet his family, they didn’t treat us like strangers. They welcomed us so warmly as if we were part of the family,” says Rebekah.

Both families approved of the marriage and a few months later Rebekah and Kaushik exchanged wedding rings.

“My husband is very emotionally supportive. Even with all the pain we went through, he and his family accepted us with it all. He is also very nice to my niece and nephew, Debbie and Rufus, and they love him too. This is a source of great joy for Rebekah.

She has now settled into her new home and is enjoying the company of her new family. “Not only my husband, but his whole family loves me very much,” she shared.

“We are thrilled with the wonderful news of Rebekah’s marriage. Easter comes with the promise of new life and new hope, and Rebekah finding love and ‘starting’ her life anew is the embodiment of that. said Henrietta Blyth, CEO of Open Doors UK and Ireland.

“We hope for a peaceful Easter and that no other Christian will share Rebekah’s ordeal because of her faith.”

Open Doors provides support and advocates for Christians around the world who are discriminated against or persecuted for their faith.

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