Twenty-eight years of suffering from leprosy, and now high blood pressure and diabetes, had taken more than just a physical toll on Balwant; they left him weary of life. He didn’t want to suffer anymore.
Twenty-eight years of suffering from leprosy left Balwant weary of life. He didn’t want to be a burden to his family. He didn’t want to live, so he plotted to end his own life.
Balwant thought death would take away his shame, that death would relieve his family members of the burden of
caring for him, that death would resolve all his problems. He wanted to hang himself, but the disease had riddled
away his muscles, leaving him without strength in his hands or leg to carry out his self-imposed death sentence.
There was a well nearby his house, though. He’d see it and wonder if he could end his suffering simply by
jumping in. Days passed, and he mentally prepared himself to end his own life.
Man Realizes Value of Human Life
In the midst of this misery, Balwant met Gospel for Asia-supported pastor Daha and three Sisters of Compassion,
specialized women missionaries.
Every Saturday, Pastor Daha would visit with the people in Balwant’s community to offer encouragement and to pray
for their needs. He had heard of Balwant’s condition, so he and the three Sisters of Compassion, Ujvala, Leena and
Puji, decided to visit him.
After listening to Pastor Daha share about Jesus Christ and His compassion, Balwant felt a stirring in his heart.
He opened up to the pastor and missionaries and told them of his agony and his plans to end his life.