Harin Premaratne

Praise the Lord!

I was a Buddhist for many years. My wife, a catholic, had been attending the CRL prayer meetings regularly. When we got married, she asked me to come with her. I refused to go with her. Instead I would drop her off at the meetings and wait in the car until she finished.

Five years ago, in July 2015, I lost of my job. That same year, my wife gave birth to our first child and had to give up her job. Fears began to overwhelm me as we did not have an income for the family.

Five months after I lost my job, I was sick of going for interviews. I had given up all hope of finding a job. Our savings were drying up and we were in despair. In January 2016 I received a call for an interview. I thought I would go for one last interview before forever giving up on finding a job. Before the interview, I offered a small prayer to help me get this job. That evening I was offered the job. I was happy, but I was not convinced God had anything to do with it.

In October 2016, a close friend of mine from Brisbane invited my wife and I to attend the 4 Step Retreat conducted by the CRL in Brisbane. I reluctantly went with my wife to the retreat. After attending this meeting, I became more aware of the love of God and I was baptized in Holy Spirit.

Thereafter, I started attending the CRL prayer meetings regularly and received a word of knowledge about a person praying for a loved one suffering from depression. The Lord was healing this person completely. I claimed this for my mother as she was suffering with depression in Sri Lanka. My mother was completely healed of her depression. After this miracle, I was drawn closer to Jesus. I was filled with the love of Christ and I felt a deeper inner calling to get baptized. I made the decision last year and was baptized in April 2019.

Today, I invite you to allow God into your heart. Once I was sceptical about the power of God to change a weak person like myself. But today, I know I am standing tall because of His strength working in me.

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, T'was blind but now I see”.