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A Last Resort Effort Saved His Life

July 27th, 2012 Comments off

Nogen acted like a madman. He ran wildly from one place to another in his village in Jharkhand, India. He was incoherent and could no longer speak clearly.

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Demons often torment their victims as Christians pray them out.

Of course, Nogen’s family was concerned and tried all they knew to get help for him. What they did not understand was that Nogen was being controlled by a demonic spirit.

When a loved one is in physical or mental distress, Asian families will employ a variety of methods to help them. In addition to medical treatment, they will turn to the rituals of their traditional religions or ask a witch doctor to perform an incantation over the sick person. They also turn to Gospel for Asia missionaries for help.

Nogen’s family asked GFA missionary Kamat Ramtake to pray for Nogen. Kamat prayed for him, and slowly Nogen began to regain his senses. But the family decided it would be good to also take him to a local witch doctor, who said a mantra over him. Much to their surprise, Nogen got worse after the witch doctor’s incantations.

After this setback, the family took Nogen to a hospital, where he was admitted and stayed for three days. But his condition remained the same. When doctors discharged him, he was in no better shape than when he entered the hospital.

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Many in India, like this woman who was tormented by demons for many years, have been released from the bondage of Satan through the prayers of Gospel for Asia missionaries.

As a last resort, the family again approached Kamat, asking him to again pray for Nogen. Kamat spent time praying over Nogen, and as a result, the Lord healed him completely, freeing him from the evil spirit that was tormenting him.

Just as his erratic behavior pointed to demon possession, Nogen’s dramatic healing was a testimony to the power of Christ. After seeing the change that Christ brought into his life, many people in Nogen’s village chose to put their trust in Jesus, too.

Kamat requests prayer that Nogen and his family will live for Jesus, and that through them, many more would come to know the Lord.

 

This article was originally published by Gospel for Asia. To learn more about Gospel for Asia, click here.

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Incredible Miracle for a Fearful Family

July 13th, 2012 Comments off

Bageshri Kalyan’s face was so disfigured that her family covered it with a handkerchief. An aggressive cancer was eating away at Bageshri’s mouth, and she

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Gospel for Asia missionaries witness firsthand the power of prayer.

was on her deathbed.

Gospel for Asia missionary Lalitlochan Bevi was not repulsed by what he saw. He knew that God could heal her.

Many doctors had tried to treat Bageshri’s cancer. Her family even took her to a well-known Indian hospital that specializes in treating cancer patients. They also brought in witch doctors to perform rituals they hoped might bring healing. But that did not work either. The doctors told Bageshri’s family there was no hope. They told them to prepare for Bageshri’s death, which would come in a few days. When her condition began to deteriorate at an alarming rate, it appeared the doctors were right.

Lalitlochan was on a routine outreach mission in Bageshri’s village when he heard about her plight. He rushed to her home to find the woman, her swollen, disfigured face covered with a handkerchief. Bageshri’s family members surrounded her, but they looked exhausted and wore shattered expressions on their faces.

Lalitlochan referred to the words of Isaiah the prophet, “By His (Jesus’) wounds we are healed,” as he shared the message of love with Bageshri and her family. Then, he anointed her with oil and began to pray, asking God for complete healing. Bageshri’s face began to change right before their eyes. The swelling-and her pain-rapidly decreased as his prayer continued.

Bageshri’s family members were amazed and immediately went out to tell their neighbors about the miracle. The neighbors came to see for themselves and were shocked to find her sitting up on her bed.

The stunned villagers invited Lalitlochan to tell them about the Lord, and he invited them to come to the church where he serves as pastor. Bageshri, her husband and two children eagerly attended the church and soaked up the Gospel teaching. Then Bageshri’s relatives heard about it, and they threatened to harm her if she continued learning about Jesus. They said she was abandoning her traditional faith. For a short while, she stayed away from the church.

But Lalitlochan did not give up on Bageshri. He continued to visit the family, encouraging them to be bold for the Lord. She eventually returned to the church and is now a believer in Jesus-the same Jesus who healed her cancer.

Lalitlochan asks for prayer that many more will come to know the Lord because of this miracle in Bageshri’s life.

 

 

This article was originally published by Gospel for Asia. To learn more about Gospel for Asia, click here.

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