For Kuldeep, the path to the life he now leads began when he became ill and began looking for healing. “I tried everything to heal me,” he says, including performing Hindu rituals to the gods. But nothing worked.
In desperation and at the advice of someone to “pray to Jesus,” Kuldeep visited a nearby pastor who prayed for him.
“The moment he began to pray, I felt prickly all over my body. It wasn’t a nice feeling, and I left the church. I didn’t go again, but the pastor came to visit sometimes. Every time he prayed for me, I felt prickly and warned him not to come again.”
Still not healed, Kuldeep went to more temples to offer more gifts to the gods. He even went to those who performed black magic and participated in their rituals—all in the quest to be healed. But all the rituals and gifts were futile.
“The pain never left me,” Kuldeep says, adding that his illness forced him to leave his job as a mill worker. Instead, he worked as a rikshaw driver.
Every day on his way back to work, Kuldeep passed the pastor who had prayed for him. And every day, that pastor persisted.
“I refused. But because nothing had worked, I became very angry. I stopped believing in all gods,” Kuldeep shares.
Then one day, the pastor called him again. This time, Kuldeep listened. “I decided to give his God one more chance. The pastor told me to get rid of all my idols and come back to his church. I did what he asked. He anointed me with oil, prayed for me and I was finally healed. I felt very light. I wanted to read the Bible and to pray.”