For someone with a Hindu background, a promise to Jesus may conflict with a promise previously made to some other god or even to the devil:
Hamangsharon and Ktrishnaham made a promise to their god, Kali, the chief of devils.
Hamangsharon and Ktrishnaham made a promise to Kali—a goddess that Hindus believe is the chief of devils. They promised they would sacrifice a duck to Kali if their baby daughter got well. She was very sick, and they didn’t know what to do. They took her to a doctor and tried lots of medicines before making their promise to Kali. Their daughter did get well, but they didn’t have enough money to buy a duck. So they promised to buy the duck later and wrapped a rupee in cloth as a token of their promise.
After they later learned about Jesus and made promises to Him, they threw away the rupee and were baptized.
Before Umaram made a promise to Jesus, he had also made promises to other Hindu gods. He had been troubled by fits. Friends told him that a little god called Thupnai Boni lives in the forest, hops from place to place, and often lands on unsuspecting people, causing them to go unconscious. He promised Boni he would sacrifice a cock if he got better. He also made a promise to Ganga, the water god, that he would sacrifice a goat. To remind him of the promises, he wrapped up a token and kept it together with a stick in his house.
People who formerly made promises to Hindu gods, now seal their promises to Jesus by baptism.
After he started studying the Bible with our Gospel Outreach worker, he felt much better. But he worried about the promises. After learning that promises made to Jesus canceled all his previous promises, he burnt his tokens and sealed his promise to Jesus with baptism.
Please pray for Hamansharan, Krishnaham and Umaram as they keep their new promises to their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.