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Joyous Reunion after 13 Years – Gospel for Asia

September 21st, 2012

 

Prayer

Savita is grateful for the prayers of people at her church for her husband’s return. Pastors of GFA-related churches, like this one, are often sought out for their prayers concerning needs both in their congregation and community.

 

Savita, a woman in Karnataka, India, may have felt that her life could not get any worse. The marriage her parents arranged for her did not turn out exactly the way she had hoped. But as Savita and her new husband grew their family, their life settled into a comfortable routine.

That comfortable feeling vanished when Savita’s husband deserted his family several years later. Savita was left with the burden of caring for their two children on her own. Making matters worse, Savita was one of India’s “Untouchable” Dalits, those with fewer opportunities than the rest of society to earn even a subsistence income.

Savita felt utterly abandoned and longed for her husband’s return. For 13 years, she diligently visited temples of her religion, entreating the deities for a divine intervention. But there was no sign of him.

Praying

Much like this woman, Savita feels blessed to know and worship the living God.

Meanwhile, Savita’s grandmother had embraced the Gospel in her life and was determined to share this Good News with her grandaughter. At first, Savita showed no interest. But her grandmother refused to give up, telling her that if she attended a worship service at a local GFA-related church, she would find deliverance.

Savita did finally attend a service, and she was stirred by testimonies the Christians shared of God’s work in their lives. Even after she returned home, Savita found herself recalling over and over the words spoken by the believers and their pastor.

God moved in Savita’s heart, and she placed her trust in Christ as Savior. She knew that just as the Lord had met her deepest need of salvation, He could intervene in her family crisis as well.

The pastor and other believers at the GFA-related church joined Savita in earnestly praying for her husband’s return. The Lord answered in a powerful way, transforming the heart of Savita’s husband and bringing him back home—after a 13-year absence. Today, the reunited family is living a joyous life together.

 

 

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