She Sacrificed Her Son

She Sacrificed Her Son

Photo by Gospel for Asia

Originally published May 2013

Many years ago, during one of the largest religious festivals in Asia, Varghese, a GFA-supported national missionary, walked through the packed throngs of people. Millions of men, women and children had traveled to one of the holiest places known to their faith: the Ganges River. These religious devotees believed taking a ritual bath in the Ganges would wash away all their sins and bring healing.

Originally published May 2013

While Varghese walked by the river’s edge, he saw a young woman crying uncontrollably. She beat her chest with her fists as she wailed in grief.

With compassion, the national missionary knelt down and asked what was wrong.

She Sacrificed Her Son

Millions of people come to the Ganges River hoping their sins will be washed away.

“The problems in my home are too many, and my sins are heavy on my heart, so I offered the best I have to my goddess: my firstborn son,” she said.

With horror, Varghese realized the woman had just thrown her infant into the river. The missionary began telling her about Jesus, about how He loved her and her baby, and about how her sins could be forgiven through Him.

“I have never heard that before,” she replied through her tears. “Why couldn’t you have come 30 minutes earlier? If you had, my child would not have died.”

She Sacrificed Her Son

Millions of people come to the Ganges River hoping their sins will be washed away.

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*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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