Saved from
the Edge of Insanity

Saved from
the Edge of
Insanity

November 2016

Part 1 of a 3-part series about the life and ministry of a man named Kantilal.

Why is this happening to me?!” Kantilal cried out. “I serve You, and I love You, Lord, and I walk according to Your will. But why has this happened to me?”

He wept.

Headed Toward Insanity

Several years earlier, when Kantilal was only a boy, he got a headache. The headache grew in severity, and it wouldn’t go away. His parents prayed to their gods and brought him to witch doctors for healing. They also took him to hospitals, but Kantilal only grew worse. Sometimes, the headache would get so bad, he’d pass out. But his suffering wasn’t only physical—he started to lose his mind.

Years passed, and the adolescent boy drifted closer and closer to insanity.

Finding Deliverance

A pastor heard about Kantilal’s situation. He began visiting the family and praying for their son, and Kantilal started improving. When the family brought Kantilal to church, the whole congregation prayed for him, and God completely restored Kantilal to his right mind!

The teenager was overcome with gratitude. He wanted not only to know Christ but to serve Him, so he started assisting the pastor.

Over the next few years, Kantilal got married, and he and his wife had two sons. As is common in their culture, they lived with his parents.

But when Kantilal told his father he wanted to go into full-time ministry instead of following him into a well-paying career in the government, Kantilal’s father was so outraged he beat his son and cursed at him.

Suffering Rejection from His Father

November 2016


Part 1 of a 3-part series about the life and ministry of a man named Kantilal.


Saved from the Edge of Insanity

After discovering Kantilal’s desire to serve the Lord full time, Kantilal’s father kicked him out of the house, forcing him to leave behind his parents, wife and two sons.

“Get lost,” Kantilal’s father told him, kicking him out of the house.

Kantilal cried bitterly.

“I was so hurt. It was so painful for me,” Kantilal remembers. “I could not bear those kinds of words he spoke to me.”

But Kantilal had to leave; there was no other choice. So he said goodbye to his home, his parents, his wife and his children.

He moved to the city, found a job and also started helping a pastor lead a church, all the while struggling deeply with discouragement. But one evening, a man knocked on the door.

“Please come to my house,” the man requested. “My mother has severe stomach pain, and she is not able to bear it.”

Kantilal followed the man to his house and prayed earnestly—and the Lord healed the woman immediately.

“I was more than shocked and surprised to see how the Lord healed and used a man who has no value, a man who was chased out from his house,” Kantilal says. “I knew the Lord did that healing not only to heal that lady, but also to heal my spirit.”

After discovering Kantilal’s desire to serve the Lord full time, Kantilal’s father kicked him out of the house, forcing him to leave behind his parents, wife and two sons.

Saved from the Edge of Insanity

Kantilal moved to this big city, where he found a job and began assisting a pastor.

But less than a month later, another challenge presented itself. Kantilal’s feet became so swollen that, at one point, he couldn’t even walk. The doctor told Kantilal he was suffering from a kidney problem.

“Why is this happening to me?!” Kantilal cried out to God.

The young man knew if he went home and gave up his ambition of serving the Lord, his father would pay for his treatment, and he would be well again. The temptation pulled at his heart, and he sank deeper into discouragement. He remained there until he reached a point of crisis.

If I sit quietly like this, he thought, nothing is going to happen.

Kantilal fasted and cried out to God for healing, blessing and direction, and the Lord answered: He made it clear to Kantilal that He wanted him to serve in full-time ministry and that he needed to go to Bible college to prepare. Kantilal quit his job, went to see his wife briefly, and not long after, arrived at a Bible college.

Battling Discouragement

A month later, Kantilal’s father called him. He yelled at Kantilal and told him to leave the college and take care of his wife. The harsh words were meant to dissuade Kantilal from serving the Lord, and he struggled.

Kantilal wept during his times with the Lord, and he didn’t tell anyone about his family situation or his persistent health problems.

Kantilal moved to this big city, where he found a job and began assisting a pastor.

Saved from the Edge of Insanity

Through a sermon that one of Kantilal’s leaders, Pastor Aranab, spoke, the Lord dispelled Kantilal’s discouragement.

But some of his leaders, including one named Aranab, noticed his sadness and encouraged him. During one prayer meeting, Aranab shared Job 42:2, “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted” (NASB).

“When I read that verse, that gave me a revival within myself,” Kantilal shares. “No matter how my father treats me, God is always going to love me, and His purpose will never be withheld from me.”

And that was a promise.

A Burning Passion

Through a sermon that one of Kantilal’s leaders, Pastor Aranab, spoke, the Lord dispelled Kantilal’s discouragement.

Saved from the Edge of Insanity

In Bible college, Kantilal fasted and prayed, and the Lord filled him with a yearning that other people would get to experience the same mercy and grace of God he had experienced.

Everything changed that day. The Lord filled Kantilal with joy, and he again started pursuing God through fasting and prayer. For the next year and a half, Kantilal would fast breakfast and dinner—only eating lunch—so he could seek God. During that year and a half, God gave him a deep love for his people that would fuel his ministry. This was not the end. It was only the beginning of a powerful ministry.

In Bible college, Kantilal fasted and prayed, and the Lord filled him with a yearning that other people would get to experience the same mercy and grace of God he had experienced.


*Names of people and places may have been changed for privacy and security reasons. Images are GFA stock photos used for representation purposes and are not the actual person/location, unless otherwise noted.

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