Last November I visited my sister in the village of Mayapuri. While I was there, I met a woman named Saraswati Devi. She was outside gathering firewood.
I introduced myself as a health worker and started helping her with the firewood. We talked about our families and our jobs. When I mentioned my passion about health, Saraswati listened intently. I told her what it means to have a healthful diet and stressed the importance of hydration.
“Water is essential for a healthy body,” I explained. “Without enough water, various parts of your body can suffer. You can even develop painful stones in your gallbladder.”
Saraswati suddenly looked very concerned. She told me that her family usually didn’t drink much water and that her daughter had been complaining of stomach pain for several weeks. I encouraged her to take her daughter to the hospital right away so a doctor could find out what the problem was.
At the hospital, Saraswati’s daughter was diagnosed with gallstones and underwent surgery to remove them. Thankfully, the operation was successful, but Saraswati’s family had to sell a large amount of their land to afford the procedure.
Once her daughter was fully recovered, Saraswati asked me to visit again so that her whole family could hear what I had to say about healthful living. I accepted the invitation and shared my message with the family.
The next day, I said goodbye to my sister and returned home. I prayed that my health message would reach Saraswati’s family and build trust so that I could tell them about Jesus. My sister soon called me saying that Saraswati and her family liked the health message. I was happy to hear this and thanked God for answering my prayer.
I returned to the village of Mayapuri as soon as I could and met Saraswati at my sister’s house. Saraswati was glad to see me and said that her family was waiting to hear more.
After getting acquainted with everyone at Saraswati’s house, I shared my testimony. I explained that my life was full of sadness until a pastor visited and told my family about God. We studied the Bible and accepted Jesus as Savior. I told them that my family is happy now and that we are all looking forward to the day when Jesus will come and take us home.
Saraswati’s family was touched by my words, and I continued teaching them about God. I read from Genesis and talked about Adam and Eve, the battle between good and evil, and how sin entered the world. Everyone began to understand that Jesus is the real path to peace. I hope the whole family will soon accept Jesus Christ as Savior. Please pray for them.