BACK To LIFE! A True Story From India
This article was written by Leanna Cinquanta who ministers in northern India through her group TellAsia Ministries (www.tellasia.org). I got to know here in the early years when I spent time in the north as well. She even visited our church and home one time. I can attest to her integrity and honesty. I print her article here knowing it will bless you and encourage you to pray for God to continue to work in India. I am traveling to India at this time so this blog was written before leaving.)
“Suman was a new believer when she was married off. Her husband, Prakash, was a Hindu. He was not happy with her attending the local church on Sunday, or any other church activities. Suman was berated for her faith, and her in-laws urged Prakash to divorce her because of her faith in Jesus. They tortured her physically, emotionally, and spiritually so that she would stop believing in Jesus. They discouraged her and mocked her badly. Nevertheless, she kept her faith, and even became stronger in the Lord.
“One day, their four year old daughter (right, in father’s arms) got ill and they rushed her to the hospital. Doctors suggested keeping her in observation for eight days. On the morning of day nine, she was declared dead. Prakash’s eyes filled with tears and he was speechless with horror. Prakash and his relatives blamed Suman for the child’s death. They said, “Because you left our traditional gods and goddesses they have put a curse on you. You are the cause of your daughter’s death!” Despite the torture and mockery, Suman kept praying that God would do a miraculous work. She prayed and believed that God would raise her daughter from death!
“After four hours of constant prayer, the little girl came alive! The news spread throughout the whole hospital of the dead girl brought back to life! The whole family was there mourning for the deceased girl, and suddenly, amazed and joyful tears broke out in everyone’s faces. Doctors were shocked and people who saw the whole scene were speechless. How great is our God! News spread rapidly of Suman and the God who answers prayer. Prakash and his relatives thanked and hugged her for what God had done through her prayers. Through this amazing miracle, many people became followers of Jesus.
“On Sunday Suman and Prakash with their two children went to church and gave witness to how God did a miraculous work in their lives. Today, their whole family believes in Jesus and there is peace and joy in their home.”
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Luke 7:11-17 11 Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. 12 And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. 16 Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.”