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A Christian’s Concern and a Pastor’s Prayer

August 23rd, 2013 Comments off

 

Sahat

Sahat fervently prayed for Raju’s healing, and very soon Raju was completely free of the epilepsy.

Plummeting into a future with no hope, Raju and Sheela Banaj thought they had no way out. As Dalits in Karnataka, India, they could barely feed their three children on the meager wages they earned as farm laborers. Then Raju began suffering from severe epilepsy.

Since he was no longer able to work, it seemed Raju’s family would starve. His enormous medical bills also sent them into deep debt—yet his health only deteriorated. They prayed to their traditional religion’s deities, and still felt no peace in their lives.

News of their difficult situation spread around the village and finally met the ears of Malika Nayan, a local Christian. Filled with immense compassion for this desperate family, Malika visited Raju and Sheela in their home. She prayed for them and shared the true hope found in Christ.

After her visit, Malika shared Raju and Sheela’s situation with Sahat Turag, the Gospel for Asia native missionary who is the pastor of her church. Sahat, too, was stirred with empathy for Raju and his family, so he went to their home to reach out in love.

During his visit, the pastor prayed for the Lord to heal Raju from the epilepsy. Soon, Raju’s health was completely restored, and he was able to work again! He and Sheela also felt a satisfying peace and joy in their hearts.

Raju and his family rejoiced in what the Lord had done in their lives. Raju and Sheela both received Christ into their lives and follow him faithfully today. They are bringing their children up to love the Lord as well.

Sahat requests prayer that Raju and his family will continue to grow in their faith. Malika asks for prayer that she will continue to be a light for Christ in her village.

 

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

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Women Touching Lives in Sikkim

August 9th, 2013 Comments off

 

Women Reaching Women

Women sharing the Good News of Jesus through GFA can often minister in situations where it would not be culturally appropriate for a man to do so.

Raju and Prasela, a couple in Sikkim, India, stood by feeling helpless to do anything for their little boy. Sujin was seriously ill, and it pained them to watch him suffer.

Then the couple met a team of Christian women serving with Gospel for Asia. These women listened with compassion to Raju and Prasela’s plight and told them about Jesus. They prayed earnestly for Sujin, and he started to feel a little better.

The women helped Raju and Prasela get Sujin to the hospital. Soon, he was completely healed! Amazed that their son had recovered so quickly, the couple gave Jesus the glory and rejoiced with the women who had prayed for them and helped them. Raju and Prasela also chose to put their trust in Christ.

The efforts of the women who reached out to Raju and Prasela represent a vibrant arm of GFA’s ministry—the Women’s Fellowship. Through this ministry, women from local churches—many of them first-generation Christians—are discipled and trained to reach their communities with the love of Jesus.

During one outreach event, the Sikkim Women’s Fellowship team gave out thousands of tracts. God blessed these efforts, and many people began attending local churches to learn more about Jesus.

Even a GFA Women’s Fellowship meeting, designed to minister to the women themselves, turned into an opportunity to bless the surrounding community, as the Lord’s presence radiated from these women. While many of them made renewed commitments to serve Christ, the meeting also drew the curious attention of many non-Christians. Four families were touched and came to know Christ as a result.

A similar opportunity for ministry took place as two Women’s Fellowship members traveled to a church in Sikkim. On the way to this church they were able to share the Gospel with the driver they had hired. The man listened intently and decided to receive Christ as his Savior.

At least one Bible study has sprung up in Sikkim through the Women’s Fellowship ministry, with at least eight people coming out for prayer.

Give God the glory and praise for the harvest He is bringing through these faithful women, who themselves have been delivered from spiritual darkness. Please pray that the GFA women’s fellowship ministry will continue to grow and significantly touch lives in South Asia.

 

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

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