Recently, through Project India, I was given the honor of speaking to a church in Eastern India via telephone and through an interpreter. This church is in a rural area which had recently experienced grave tragedy through the flooding of a local river. During this speaking engagement a lady, who had never attended church before, came into the service and experienced the simplicity and power of the gospel. Here is her testimony in her own words. (translated to English from Telugu, therefore a little rough, but I will leave it as she wrote it.)
“I am an prostitute…very bad women, never come to church before, today I came because I was suffering with back pain, I have heard that Jesus is healer. As I was entering in to church some preaching in English, Pastor J___ is translating in Telugu. I was trying to find the person who is preaching, but I could not see him. Afterwards I was asking a lady who is nearby me, she said, Pastor Terry is preaching word, through phone. As I was hearing lord began to speak to me, such powerful way, I came to Jesus loves me so much, then any men. He died for my sins, I gave my heart to the lord when pastor asked me to come forward run to him. As Brother Terry was praying someone touched my back, I am completed healed no more back pain. I want live for Jesus I do not want live in sin any more, I want live for Jesus. Please pray for as I look for work from tomorrow onwords. Pastor J___ please share my greetings to Brother Terry tell him that I am praying for him and for the mission work in 700 un reached rural villages.”
Brothers, preach the gospel! It alone has the power to change a person’s heart and life. It has changed our lives and is the only hope for people in our generation. Our testimonies may encourage them, but only God’s Word can redeem them. Join me in praying for this lady, who is now our sister in Christ, to find a ‘new job,’ and for the strength of the Holy Spirit as she faces her former clients. She now has a new master, and He loves her more than any man! Lord, use us to encourage and help our brothers in sisters in Christ, I pray.
***This lady is now working in our Orphanage as one of the cooks and caregivers! How great is our God. You can read about the orphange here.