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.
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.
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.
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
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