Shanti begged her Hindu gods for relief, regularly performing rituals for their attention. When that didn’t work, she asked her doctors for stronger medicine, but they insisted they were already giving her the strongest dose they could. But an encounter with Jesus Christ changed everything.
Former Hindu woman and mother of two identified as Shanti, had been sick for the last decade, beginning with six years of seizures and continuing with tuberculosis. In a time when her body most needed rest, she was overcome by unexplainable fears each night.
“I almost became insane,” Shanti said. “I used to stay home weeping all day, my two sons used to cry with me since I was not even able to cook food. They used to fear that I would die soon.”
Throughout her years of suffering, Shanti begged her Hindu gods for relief, regularly performing rituals for their attention. When that didn’t work, she asked her doctors for stronger medicine, but they insisted they were already giving her the strongest dose they could.
Shanti asked her gods and doctors for healing, but neither could help. Eventually, her doctors refused to give stronger medicine, driving Shanti to desperation.
When Shanti started struggling to breathe one day, she gave up on her search for healing and on life.
“I told my sons to bring some acid,” Shanti said, “so I could drink it and die.”
Husband Calls Christians for Prayer
Shanti’s family did not bring her acid, however, they watched her situation grow more hopeless.
One day, Shanti’s husband, Muktananda, decided to call a Christian television channel that offered prayer at the end of each show. Obediently, Shanti listened as the Christians prayed over the phone, though she remained unconvinced that it would do anything.
When Shanti’s relatives came over that day, she and her husband talked about the phone call, and the relatives shared that they had Christian neighbors in their building who would also pray for Shanti.
Muktananda decided they should visit these Christians, too, and asked Shanti to go up to their terrace bathroom and wash up before they went.
The whole way up the stairs, Shanti thought, I am not going to make it today. Surely I am going to die. When she got to the roof, however, she found a book called “The Gospel of John” leaning against the wall.
Shanti reads Gospel of John
When Muktananda heard of local Christians who could pray for Shanti, he sent her to the roof to clean up to meet them. There, Shanti found the strange book.
“I started wondering how this book reached our terrace,” Shanti said. “We didn’t know any Christian who would give us this book.”
Indeed, her relatives’ Christian neighbors often gave literature to the many local children who came to visit, but Shanti’s sons were never among them.
With her family still waiting, Shanti began to read the book and found she couldn’t stop. Her heart filled with joy when she reached Christ’s words in John 15:16: “You did not choose me, but I have chosen you.” She recounted.
Assured of Jesus’ love, Shanti wept as she went downstairs and showed the book to Muktananda. She had tears in her eyes as she clutched The Gospel of John to her chest and announced the impossible: She had found a new God on the way to the bathroom.
As Shanti read Christ’s words, she was convinced of His love and His power to heal. “I told my husband that this is the real God,” Shanti said.
Full of hope, Shanti and Muktananda went to their relatives’ home to meet with the Christian neighbors: Balika and Sadhvi, who served as Gospel for Asia (GFA) women missionaries, and a local GFA pastor, Kavi, who happened to be visiting.
The missionaries shared the Good News with the couple and invited them to come to church. Later that week, the missionaries came to the couple’s house to pray and tell them more about Jesus.
By Sunday, Shanti had great hopes for her first church service, but they were shattered the instant she walked into the building.
“To my disappointment, I found no Jesus at the church,” she said.
All her life, Shanti had worshiped gods by praying before their images, but there were no images of Jesus Christ in this church building. The God she sought was nowhere to be seen.
“I cried a lot that day in the church, thinking Jesus was not there,” Shanti said.
When Pastor Kavi realized what was wrong, he explained why Jesus doesn’t need an image to represent Himself. He encouraged her with the story of the blind man who was healed after praying to Jesus.
That night, the Lord appeared to her in a dream, saying she would be healed believing Him, Shanti said.
As Pastor Kavi, Balika and Sadhvi continued visiting and praying for Shanti, her health improved. After one month, Muktananda and her sons put their full trust in Christ, too.
Since she gave her life to Christ, Shanti’s health problems disappeared. Jesus healed her completely! As a result, her whole family follows the Lord.
Instead of crying with her sons while Muktananda goes to work, Shanti writes praise songs. She also spends much of her time reading the Bible. She says, “I would not have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. By reading the Gospel according to John, I believed in Jesus Christ.”
Pray for this new family in Christ that they would continue to grow in Grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to be able to stand strong in the face of persecutions from their former religion.