Alcoholic Dad Abandons Family
Rajdev's father, Jairus, left home before he even saw his newborn son's face. Alcohol appeared to be more important to him than his family. Jairus's addiction to the bottle left him hard and immovable, even after much pleading from his pregnant wife and his sister. Tensions eventually exploded in one final argument.
Sibirah was now a single mother, left with nothing to support her family. She had a son to raise and hospital bills to pay from her delivery. But these weren't the only troubles she faced.
Near Death Experience
One day, little Rajdev gasped for air. He was suffering from a severe asthma attack, and the doctors held no hope for his survival.
He was dying.
Sibirah watched helplessly as her son was slipping away from her with no support given by her husband and no hope for her little one's future. She had nothing but love to offer her son, much like many poverty-stricken single mothers in Asia. What would his little life hold? What trials and troubles lie ahead for this abandoned son?
But this was not the end for Rajdev.
At the last moment, Rajdev's aunt, a woman of faith in Jesus, prayed over her nephew, and the Lord healed him completely! It was a miracle. God spared Rajdev's life. Now Sibirah needed to find a way to support and educate her only son.
New Hopes Dashed
As years passed, Sibirah somehow managed to keep herself and her son alive, though it was difficult to raise a son on her own. One day, Rajdev's father returned home to them, hoping for a new and more peaceful life together with his wife and son—a life without alcohol. Jairus promised Sibirah that he wouldn't drink anymore, but his addiction slowly made a way back into his life. Once the bottle entered the scene again, peace left their household and fighting commenced.
When Sibirah was about to give birth to their second child, Jairus left home again. Life turned from lacking peace to being miserable for Sibirah. Abandoned by her husband once more, Sibirah was now left with two mouths to feed.
Sibirah longed to end her own life. It seemed like the only way out of the grief she lived day in and day out. But whenever she thought of her children and their futures, she resolved to live and give them decent lives. She wanted to give them good educations. She knew that education was one of the only means for her children to escape the kind of life she lived. She dreamed of them becoming something greater than she or their father had become.