Few people who witnessed the Portable Bible School graduation on May 5th in the Koshi Region village of Khurda would have guessed a surprising fact. One of the students standing on two healthy legs was literally a walking miracle! She is pictured at left in the red sari.
M____ K_____, a 27-year-old woman, had been born into a traditional carpenter’s family. She grew up worshipping Hindu idols and practicing the rituals of her religion. She was schooled through ninth grade, and then her life took a dramatically different direction. Believing that education for girls was meaningless, her family began instead to seek to give her in marriage.
When she was still only fifteen years old, she developed a mark on her leg. At first she didn’t take it seriously; she applied medication and waited for it to heal. Several years passed, and the strange malady began to worsen. In the meantime, her family succeeded in finding a husband and M_____ was married at seventeen. By then, everyone became more concerned about the wound on her leg, and a myriad of doctors were consulted, with no one able to diagnose the mysterious ailment.
Finally, the family consulted a witchdoctor, as is the custom in rural areas when an inexplicable ailment cannot be cured by modern medicine. When no healing was manifested there either, her husband decided it was likely incurable, either leprosy or cancer. In the local culture she was then devalued, useless for all practical purposes. He left her after only two years of marriage and sought a divorce.
Only nineteen years old, M____ returned to her parents’ house a broken woman, without any hope. Continuing consultations with doctors were fruitless, and in the meantime the disease began to spread, affecting her whole leg. M_____ became bedridden, and her family members left her alone, as is the Hindu tradition, to die.
Expecting death and waiting for it, M____ had no hope. But then… a Christian woman evangelist came to visit. She shared the gospel of Jesus Christ and prayed for her, assuring M____ that Jesus had the power to heal her. Later, a pastor came and prayed for her as well. In spite of her desperation and pain, M____ was strengthened by the Holy Spirit to place her trust in Jesus for both salvation and healing.
Soon she began to literally feel the healing touch of the Lord, and signs of improvement began to be seen. Within only a few months the wound was completely healed! M_____ began to walk again, slowly at first, but then with more confidence and strength. She realized that she had been rescued from the very jaws of death!
M_____ started attending church, and soon her parents and family members, who had witnessed the healing miracle, also accepted Christ. All received baptism. M____ joined the evangelist as she traveled, and M_____’s testimony was a powerful witness for Christ; many people came to salvation.
For the past year M_____ has been visiting villages and conducting women’s fellowships; more than fifty women attend weekly in five villages! On Portable Bible School graduation day, M____’s shining face told the whole story of God’s redeeming miracle! Her future plans include continuing to lead the women’s ministries, growing them into established churches in the communities where they meet. She will continue to be discipled and encouraged by the Bihar Christian Church, the ER-affiliated ministry which had sponsored the Portable Bible School.
Will you pray for M____ and thousands of women like her who need to find hope, healing, and purpose in the body of Christ? Pray also for the development of a new endeavor envisioned by Evangelism Resources to equip women, like M____, who show such promise as leaders. A proposal for the Women’s Impact Network (WIN) is currently under consideration for a grant for funding from a foundation. Pray with us that God will continue to empower women in India to witness, disciple, and win others into the Kingdom of God!
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