One day I saw a sad-looking couple sitting under a tree. I went over and asked, “Why are you so sad?” The husband hesitated at first, but then explained, “My wife has been sick for the last seven months with constant bleeding. We have taken her to all the local doctors and tried all types of medicines. We have even gone to spirit-worshiping traditional healers, but nothing has worked for her.” Then he continued to tell how they were planning to go to the coastal town of Berhampur so his wife could be seen by the doctors at the medical college there. The man shared, “We have sold everything we could to get money for her treatments, but we have no hope of finding a cure.”
I told them not to worry and said, “I have faith in my God, and I know He can do wonders. Since you have waited so long, wait for another seven days, and I will ask my God to heal her.”
I asked them to take me to their home so that I could come every day for seven days to pray for her. They agreed, and I prayed continuously for seven days. On the eighth day, a miracle happened. Her bleeding stopped, and she was healed! The husband doubted and said it might start again in a few days.
One month later, he came to me and thanked me. The bleeding had not returned. I told him, “Don’t thank me; instead, thank the living God who healed your wife because He loves every one of us.” He asked me to come and give Bible studies so that he and his wife could learn about the true God. We have just started with our Bible studies.
Please pray for this couple so that they will be in God’s kingdom. I thank the Lord for showing this family that He is the living God by healing the wife from her disease.
In India, sick people often visit spirit-worshiping traditional healers to seek healing, but this time, the healer left his incense behind and asked a Gospel Outreach worker for prayer.
A spirit-worshiping traditional healer lives in my village. People are afraid of him. Many people have seen him go to the graveyard at midnight, but no one knows what he does there. He has often troubled people who did not do as he wished. Still, he never used his evil powers to kill anyone.
In April, this traditional healer became ill. He spent lots of money for medicine, but nothing helped him. One day he was sitting on his veranda when I passed by. He called out to me, “I have heard your prayer has power to heal the sick. I have been sick a long time. Will you please pray for me?”
I was surprised, because traditional healers don’t usually go to a Christian pastor for help. I told the man, “You have to believe in Jesus and worship Him if you want to get rid of your sickness.”
“I will leave my spirit worship and follow Jesus if I am healed by your prayer,” he responded.
I visited him every day and prayed for him. He was healed gradually in a week’s time. Now the man has given up his evil spirit worship and attends church instead. People in our village are surprised to see him attending church regularly. I pray that he will be baptized very soon.
By Dambrudhara Soboro, Gospel Outreach Worker
Dambrudhara Soboro is a Gospel Outreach worker in Orissa (Odisha) state on the Bay of Bengal, East India.