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February 2015

Pastor Sayam’s feet kicked up tiny clouds of dust as he walked the village streets. As he went, his ears caught the sound of a woman weeping in bitter distress. He found her outside of a small house not far from the roadside.

Touched by her obvious anguish, he stopped, hoping to console her. He gently asked, “Why are you crying?”

February 2015

Daughter Contracts Mysterious Illness

Four years earlier, Varisha’s family lived with good health and some measure of peace, only occasionally interrupted by violent, drunken outbursts from her husband, Milind. Despite his addiction to alcohol, Milind was a very devoted father. Unlike many alcoholic fathers in South Asia, he never considered abandoning his family, even during times of hardship.

When their daughter, Ishya, contracted a strange sickness at the age of 16, Milind took her to every doctor he could find. “Jaundice,” said one. “Malaria,” said another. “Typhoid,” said a third. Each prescribed medicine to help Ishya, but her condition only worsened. Sometimes Milind took her to three or four hospitals in a day, desperately seeking to help the daughter he loved so dearly.

Pastor’s Question Saves Daughter’s Life

Though he turned violent when he drank alcohol, Milind loved his daughter Ishya. When she contracted a strange sickness, he took her to any doctor he could find, hoping and praying for a cure. Sadly, the doctors couldn’t help, and the whole family despaired.

Family’s Prayers Go Unanswered

Between the frequent hospital visits, Milind also took Ishya to visit temples. Milind, Varisha and Ishya hoped to find healing through devotion to their gods, but despite the family’s regular visits and prayers, no help came to Ishya.

Countless hospital visits, urine tests, blood tests, needles, injections, pills—they wore on Ishya. Nothing helped. She dropped out of school and spent more and more time confined to her bed.

Seeing her condition, the whole family despaired and Ishya awaited her death. One day, when Ishya was 20 years old, her mother stepped outside of their home to cry over her daughter’s unrelenting illness.

Pastor’s Question Saves Daughter’s Life

Though he turned violent when he drank alcohol, Milind loved his daughter Ishya. When she contracted a strange sickness, he took her to any doctor he could find, hoping and praying for a cure. Sadly, the doctors couldn’t help, and the whole family despaired.

Pastor’s Question Saves Daughter’s Life
Pastor’s Question Saves Daughter’s Life

Milind, Varisha and Ishya prayed to their gods and goddesses for help, but Ishya’s condition still didn’t improve. They expected Ishya would die. Varisha went outside to weep about their situation.

Pastor Prays for Sick Daughter

When the GFA pastor stopped to talk with Varisha, his kind words touched her heart, and her troubles tumbled from her lips.

Sayam patiently listened as she told him her tale, and he comforted her through the Word of God. He also offered to pray for Ishya in the name of Jesus.

Varisha, Milind and Ishya gladly accepted the pastor’s offer to call on his God. They were desperate.

Pastor Sayam visited Ishya to pray for her twice a week, accompanying his prayers with regular fasting. As the days passed, her health gradually improved until God healed her completely.

Milind, Varisha and Ishya prayed to their gods and goddesses for help, but Ishya’s condition still didn’t improve. They expected Ishya would die. Varisha went outside to weep about their situation.

Pastor’s Question Saves Daughter’s Life
Pastor’s Question Saves Daughter’s Life

GFA pastor Sayam heard Varisha crying and found out about Ishya’s illness. He offered to pray for her. He fasted regularly and visited twice a week to pray for Ishya’s healing. Over time, God healed Ishya, much to the family’s astonishment.

Family Transformed From Tears to Joy

Witnessing God’s hand in Ishya’s life, the whole family stood amazed. They understood Jesus was the one and only Living God. Jesus had heard their prayers and answered them in their time of distress. Because He heard their plea, they dedicated their lives to worshiping Him.

Not only did Jesus heal Ishya, but He also transformed Milind. Over time, the alcoholic stopped drinking and left his violent ways. Peace and joy now reign in the lives of this family once plagued by sorrow and trouble.

The whole family joyfully shares what Jesus did in Ishya’s life, gladly telling friends and family how He answered their prayers. Several others have recognized Jesus’ tremendous love through the testimony of this family and have decided to follow Him too.

GFA pastor Sayam heard Varisha crying and found out about Ishya’s illness. He offered to pray for her. He fasted regularly and visited twice a week to pray for Ishya’s healing. Over time, God healed Ishya, much to the family’s astonishment.

Pastor’s Question Saves Daughter’s Life
Pastor’s Question Saves Daughter’s Life

When God healed Ishya, the family realized Jesus is the Living God who answers prayer. They decided to follow Him and now share with others about His work in their lives, a testimony which has brought many others to know His saving grace.

Through the faithful prayers of a pastor, God showed Himself as the One whose ears are open to the cries of the helpless. You can stand with pastors like Sayam to extend God’s healing touch to men and women like Milind, Varisha and Ishya.

When God healed Ishya, the family realized Jesus is the Living God who answers prayer. They decided to follow Him and now share with others about His work in their lives, a testimony which has brought many others to know His saving grace.


*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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