Born in a Meetei Hindu family in India, the young woman’s family was extremely opposed to Christianity. As a little girl she had Christian friends,who one day in play, acted out a baptism. While she had no idea what it was about, her participation in this game foreshadowed the work that Christ was already doing in her life.
“In September 2006,” she says, “God touched me while I was at a camp that was held by my school. A preacher came to the camp and spoke from John 3:16.That day I was convicted within that I was a sinner and that I was in need of salvation. The Holy Spirit revealed to me that I was under the bondage of Satan and had been for a long time. I invited Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of my life, and He made me free. I was filled with heavenly bliss.”
Bubbling over with joy, she shared with her parents her newfound faith, certain that they would be happy for her. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Ignoring their warnings, she continued to follow Christ and the changes in her life became evident, even to her family. She stopped worshipping idols and other gods that her family worshipped. She began to pray and read the Bible every day.
In response, she says, “They kept food from me, even poured hot water on me. They tore my Bible from my hands and burned it.” In addition, they brutally beat her. One day, half dead, in pain and tears she heard the voice of God saying, “Leave your family whom you love and follow me.”
Rejected by her family, God placed her in fellowship with His church. Over the years she has worked hard to meet her father’s demands of repayment for her upbringing. Through the help of friends and a local evangelist who was supported by Open Doors, she was able to attend Sielmat Bible College. Three years later she graduated, being the first in her family to achieve this milestone. Her father secretly attended her graduation but left early and did not speak to her.
“Though I long to see my family,” she laments, “I cannot go home. I haven’t been home in three years, ever since my family poured hot water on me to show their hostility. Now I have completed three years at Bible College and graduated. It is the strength of the Lord Jesus that keeps me going. I’ve also received training in the Standing Strong Through the Storm seminar.”
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Thank you, Father, for the life you have given this young woman from India and for the courage and peace You have washed over her even in the midst of persecution from her own family. As You have placed Your life in her, so we ask You to fill her family with that same life. Thank you for the role Open Doors has played in her encouragement and training. May her story repeated countless times in India. Amen