A God who heals
Preetha looked over at Mirai from her hospital bed. Despite her wounds, Mirai’s skin was still so beautiful. Preetha would never forget the day she went with Mirai to ask the pastor to pray for her. Back then, Preetha’s husband, Navin, confronted and beat Christians. And yet, Mirai’s skin disease had left them both at their wits’ end. They tried everything the Hindu priest suggested—fasting and praying to the Hindu gods, taking part in all kinds of rituals and ceremonies. Nothing helped; Mirai never seemed to get better. But Christians said Jesus could heal people. Surely it was worth a try?
“If this God will heal her, I will serve Him for the rest of my life,” Preetha said. She wondered if the pastor would ask for money, or some other favor, but he didn’t. He just prayed to Jesus and asked Him to heal Mirai’s skin. And He did! Preetha cried tears of joy that day. When Navin came home and saw Mirai that night, he couldn’t believe it—her skin was perfect. And so, their family began to follow Jesus. Navin stopped drinking, gave up his old work making Hindu idols—and, eventually, he felt God calling him to be a pastor.
There were people who didn’t like their new faith. One of them was Preetha’s father. He was pleased to see Mirai had been healed of course. But he had raised Preetha as a good Hindu— he felt like his daughter was rejecting him and everything he had taught her by rejecting their traditional faith. But Preetha prayed for her father: “God, you have chosen us. So now, save our relatives through us too.” Slowly, her father’s heart softened. He would ask Preetha to pray for him when he was sick. Before he died, he had decided to follow Jesus.
But not everyone was won over. People threatened them, telling them to stop gathering their church, and to stop their ministry. These people said Christianity was a foreign religion, that they were “anti-Indian” for following Jesus. And finally, these threats turned to violent action.
‘Where are the Christians?’