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Jagdeep’s Gospel Garden

January 25th, 2013
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Himachal Pradesh is famous for its apples. Jagdeep’s family depends on this crop for their livelihood.

 

An apple orchard meant life or death for Jagdeep’s family. And it was starting to look more like their orchard, perched on a rural hilltop, would bring them the latter.

Jagdeep was only 21, but he was the man of his family. His father had died a few years before, so he was left to care for his mother and three sisters. For years, attacks from evil spirits made life even harder for Jagdeep—until he met Saji.

Saji was a Gospel for Asia Bible college student, and for his six-month outreach, he was assigned to work in Jagdeep’s area. Saji was helping GFA missionary Harshad, who ministered in a town just down the hill from where Jagdeep lived.

During outreach one day, Saji visited Jagdeep’s home. When he heard the story of the family’s hardships, he shared the love of Christ with them and the hope they could have in salvation. Saji also prayed, and the Lord delivered Jagdeep right then from the demonic attacks. The whole family chose to receive salvation.

But at that point, things only seemed to get worse. The community rejected Jagdeep’s family for their commitment to Christ. This made it nearly impossible for them to earn a livelihood, as the villagers depended on each other to borrow necessary tools for orchard upkeep. No one would allow Jagdeep to use their tools, and the orchard looked as if it would shrivel up.

In the midst of this discouragement, God showed the family His power. Harshad provided a plow and spray pump through GFA’s Compassion Services. Now, Jagdeep and his family are able to keep up their only source of income, and their neighbors have witnessed God’s care for them.

Harshad asks for prayer that Jagdeep and his family will keep trusting the Lord and that He will continue providing for them. Jagdeep is also applying for the government job his father held before his death, and he asks for prayer that he will get this job.

 

 

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