A Life Without Peace
Maitra lived in a tiny village nestled in the mountains. Her husband and two grown sons worked many miles away in a different country. Though they would come home when they could, Maitra was left alone, caring for her sick and aging mother-in-law, Rajul.
With no peace or joy in her life, Maitra spent much of her time trying to find methods of healing for Rajul. She invited religious healers to her home to preform rituals, and she herself visited many temples, offering goats and chickens to her gods and goddesses.
Maitra hoped all her sacrifices would bring healing and restore her mother-in-law’s health. But as time went on, she realized none of the rituals she performed gave her what she longed for. Instead of healing, Maitra found the pursuit of healing robbed her of peace and gave her no joy.
There was one form of enjoyment, however, that Maitra had in her day and that was listening to the newest technology known in her tiny village: radio. Her husband, on one of his visits home, had given it to her as a gift.
A Radio Program Changed the Course of Her Life
One day, as Maitra turned the radio dial to find some music, she heard the voice of a radio speaker. Her hunt for music ended. There, in her home situated on top of a remote hill, Maitra listened intently to a GFA-supported radio program.
The radio speaker talked about the love of Jesus Christ, the One who freely gives eternal hope and peace to willing hearts. Peace. It was something Maitra had been searching for, for a long time. As the radio speaker prayed at the end of the program, Maitra lifted up her prayer to Jesus, too.
Life changed drastically for Maitra after that day. She stopped going to temples altogether and stopped inviting religious healers to her house. Instead, she spent time listening to the radio program every day, hungry to discover more about Jesus.