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August 2015

Desperate to escape the shame and rejection she faced for being childless, Vinanti went with her husband to the nearest hospital for medical counsel. When the results came back from all the tests Vinanti underwent, the young wife was baffled. Her health was normal. But why hadn’t she been able to bear a child?

Medical help gave her no answers, and her gods would give her no solution.

August 2015

Newlywed Bliss Fades to Rejection

Vinanti’s marriage had started out rosy. She and her husband enjoyed newlywed contentment, and unlike many other young wives in Asia, she didn’t experience tension or conflict with her new in-laws.

But after two years of marriage, Vinanti saw their happiness couldn’t last forever. She hadn’t conceived a child yet, and in a culture where a woman’s worth is often defined by whether she can bear sons for her husband, that was cause for shame. Her in-laws, who had previously been at peace with her, began to turn against her. They verbally abused her because she didn’t give them a grandchild.

“I did not know what to do,” Vinanti remembers. “I was totally discouraged.”

When Vinanti’s husband took her to a nearby hospital, she underwent many tests to find out whether she was fertile or not. But all the results showed she should be able to have a child.

“My husband and I were puzzled, and we did not know what else to do to have a child,” she says.

Booklet Leads Rejected Wife to Hope

Vinanti and her husband enjoyed newlywed bliss. But after two years, happiness turned to shame and rejection as her in-laws harassed her for not getting pregnant.

Woman’s Prayers Yield No Response

Because medicine couldn’t give Vinanti an answer, she looked to her gods and goddesses, whom her parents had taught her to worship devotedly.

Booklet Leads Rejected Wife to Hope

Desperate for a child, Vinanti fasted and prayed to her gods, but even after months, she didn’t become pregnant, and she lost faith in them.

Vinanti fasted and prayed to various deities and visited several temples, hoping one day she would hold a beautiful baby in her arms.

“But even after several months went by, I did not get any answer to my prayers,” she says. “Rather, I started losing weight, and I was affected by different sicknesses too. Due to all these things, I became all the more worried and depressed. I began to think and wonder why my gods and goddesses were not answering my prayers.”

Vinanti eventually lost faith in her gods and goddesses, and she began searching for a God who could and would heal her.

Booklet Leads Woman to Church

Not long after that, Vinanti happened to meet a group of women who offered her some Christian literature. After giving it to her, they shared about the hope found in Jesus and invited her to visit the Sunday service at their church.

“Even though I listened to the Word of God, I could not make any decision whether I should attend the church or not. I was in great confusion and in a great dilemma,” Vinanti says.

Vinanti wanted answers, but she wasn’t yet ready to go to a Christian worship service. For days, she remained on the fence, unsure of what to do, until she happened to pick up one of the booklets the Women’s Fellowship team had given her.

Desperate for a child, Vinanti fasted and prayed to her gods, but even after months, she didn’t become pregnant, and she lost faith in them.

Booklet Leads Rejected Wife to Hope

After reading a booklet she received from a Women’s Fellowship team, Vinanti decided to visit their church.

As she flipped the thin pages of the small booklet, titled “The Heart of Raju,” she found some of the answers her heart had been searching for. She realized Jesus had the power to heal her soul and she could trust Him with her life.

She decided to go to the church, even though she was a little afraid of how her husband would react.

Woman Finds Peace and Answered Prayers

“During the worship service, I saw all the believers joyfully worshiping the Lord in one accord,” she remembers. “When the pastor shared the Word of God, it penetrated my heart.”

Then and there, she chose to become a child of God.

Vinanti asked Jesus to bless her with a baby, and she started attending Sunday worship services, prayer meetings and the local Women’s Fellowship group regularly.

After reading a booklet she received from a Women’s Fellowship team, Vinanti decided to visit their church.

Booklet Leads Rejected Wife to Hope

When she visited the church, Vinanti felt a peace she had never known before. She decided to walk with Jesus and began attending church regularly.

It didn’t take long for her husband and his family to sternly oppose her new faith. Afraid of the consequences of disobeying them, Vinanti stopped going to church, but that didn’t stop God from hearing her prayers for a child—and answering.

When she visited the church, Vinanti felt a peace she had never known before. She decided to walk with Jesus and began attending church regularly.

Amidst Sorrow, Woman’s Faith Grows

Sadly, this pregnancy didn’t go as Vinanti and her family hoped it would. During the seventh month of pregnancy, Vinanti’s blood pressure skyrocketed, and she had to be hospitalized. Her baby died in the womb, and Vinanti’s life was in danger too.

Vinanti had to undergo an operation immediately. When the Women’s Fellowship group heard about her condition, they fasted and prayed for a whole day.

“They Lord indeed heard their prayers, and my operation was done successfully,” Vinanti says. “After coming back from the hospital, I asked my husband and his family if I could attend the church again, and they graciously gave their consent. Now I’m attending worship service and all the prayer meetings in the church regularly.”

Despite the trials and heartache, Vinanti’s faith has grown.

“I surely believe that the Lord will bless me with a child in the days to come,” she says.

Words of Hope for Millions

Booklet Leads Rejected Wife to Hope

Even though Vinanti faced opposition from her in-laws and then suffered the loss of a baby, she remained faithful to Christ.

Words of Hope for Millions

Booklet Leads Rejected Wife to Hope

Through Gospel literature, God is sharing His message of hope with millions of people throughout Asia.

Vinanti maintains a strong faith because of God’s work in her heart, a faith that grew when she read a piece of Gospel literature. Millions like Vinanti have been touched after receiving Christian literature from Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries.

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