A 78-year-old woman in Jerusalem is crediting God and a Good Samaritan for her ability to escape a recent terror attack. One of numerous violent incidents across the region in recent weeks, Marike Veldman recalled spotting two suspicious men on the bus she was riding last week.
“I thought to myself, ‘What were they doing on a bus at this hour? They should be at work,” she explained.
Within moments, Veldman said the men began praising Allah as one fired shots and the other began stabbing her.
“People screamed very loudly,” she said, describing the ordeal as “awful.”
Though two individuals died in the attack, Veldman survived – as did 15 other injured passengers – and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. She said she immediately turned to her faith as she was being stabbed. “I cried constantly in Dutch,” she said, “‘Lord Jesus! Lord Jesus! Help me! Help me!’”
As she called out to Jesus, Veldman said the man backed away, allowing her to escape through the bus’s open door.“I started walking up the hill there and I was bleeding terribly and I was alone,” she said, noting that a Jewish passerby picked her up and drove her to the hospital. Reports indicate she was admitted with several injuries, including punctured lungs.