GFA missionary Jiva Giri, shown here ministering to a group of leprosy patients, organized a blood donation drive that benefited his entire community. It also helped the people accept his ministry.
By organizing a simple blood drive, Gospel for Asia missionary Jiva Giri found favor in the eyes of the town where he serves in West Bengal, India.
Four doctors were part of the team for the event, which was made possible by the support of local hospital authorities and drew a cross-section of the community. Out of about 65 enthusiastic individuals who were willing to give blood, 35 met the medical requirements and donated.
The drive was a huge success, and the local believers were especially happy to be part of this ministry that helped build relationships and break down barriers for people to be reached with Christ’s love. It helped Jiva develop a good rapport with community leaders for effectively sharing Christ—and to find good medical help for a young man named Nayan, who was suffering from a kidney stone.Four doctors were part of the team for the event, which was made possible by the support of local hospital authorities and drew a cross-section of the community.
Nayan came from a very poor family, and his parents could not afford his treatment. His condition had grown worse. Seeing no hope for his life, he had decided to kill himself.
But then a Christian heard about Nayan’s plight just a few days after the blood drive and contacted Jiva, who reached out to Nayan with the love of Jesus. Because Jiva had developed such good rapport with local doctors, they were happy to provide Nayan with the best possible treatment. And as a result, Nayan experienced God’s healing.
The good relationships built through the blood donation event will continue to boost Jiva’s ministry in the days to come. Rather than being opposed to the missionary, doctors and police in this area are supporting him as he reaches out to the community.
The blood donated will be used to help people in need, such as the community of leprosy patients who are part of Jiva’s outreach. Those who donated will benefit as well, as they received certificates allowing them to receive blood in their own times of need.
Jiva asks for prayer that Nayan and his family will come to fully understand God’s love for them. He also requests prayer that the Lord will powerfully touch the hearts of other non-believers in this area, both those who donated and those who receive blood, and that the community will continue to respond favorably to his ministry.