As the ladies silently prayed for Prina and made a move to leave, something in Prina shifted. She thought, Nobody comes to visit me … at least these sisters have come to me. She threw down her hostility and opened up to Soma and the other ladies, pouring out her pain. Prina shared how leprosy had flipped her whole life upside down. She shared the mental agony she endured in isolation, seeing the fear and repulsion in the eyes of those she loved most.
"No one likes me because I am a leprosy patient," mourned Prina. "Even my own relatives and children hate me—they don't come near to me. For whom should I live now? I do not want to live and want to end my life."
Soma felt Prina's desperate anguish as the hurting woman shared her experience of rejection. The pastor's wife encouraged Prina from the Word of God.
"If no one loves you, there is one God, who loves you more than anyone, and He wants to heal you from your disease. Do you want to know who that person is? That is our Lord Jesus."
Hope dawned in Prina's heart. She wanted to know more about this Lord Jesus who loved her. The desire for love and acceptance opened doors to Prina's heart that were previously fastened shut. Soma shared more with Prina and invited her to join them for worship services.
Pursuing the God of Healing
Prina shyly stepped through the threshold of the house of worship. Although she rarely went in public for fear of insults and abuse, the hope that had sprouted from Soma's encouraging words gave Prina the boldness she needed to enter the building.
The women at the church showered love on Prina. After service, the congregation gathered around her to pray for healing. Later that week, at a Women's Fellowship gathering, Prina once again experienced acceptance and fervent prayers for healing.
Prina felt so much joy, and her faith in the Lord began to increase. Slowly, Prina noticed changes, not only in her heart and mind but in her body as well. The pain in her extremities began to subside. Gradually, the marks of her disease faded. After a few months of steadfast prayer, the Lord touched Prina's body and brought complete healing. She was filled with joy, and praises flowed from her heart to her lips.