Kaling clearly needed help, but none his friends troubled themselves to bring him support. There was no one to stand with him.
“Earlier I had many friends surrounding me daily while I was fine,” Kaling said. “But since the time I got sick, they all are avoiding me and hardly visit me.”
When Kaling’s friends did visit him, they would come with discouraging words.
“Your condition is becoming worse, and your life is short,” they said.
Kaling needed encouragement, but he was left unaided.
Compassion Meets Kaling in His Time of Need
One day Kaling’s life took a turn when two women missionaries, Aadita and Risha, came to his remote village. As they visited the homes of the villagers to pray and offer encouragement, they heard disparaging remarks about Kaling.
“Kaling is severely ill, and he may die anytime now, and he does not have anyone,” people said. “If he dies, we have to just throw his body to the riverside.”
Sympathy for Kaling welled up in Aadita’s and Risha’s hearts. Without skipping a beat, the sisters made their way to his house. As they approached Kaling’s hut, located deep in the jungle, they noticed the bamboo trees and weeds crowding his little home. Ariving inside, Aadita and Risha found Kaling lying on his bed, too weak to move.
Aadita and Risha encouraged him, from God’s Word and shared with the disowned son about God’s love and fatherhood for all people. After they encouraged him they began to display God’s love by helping clean up Kaling’s house and by cutting away the foliage that was invading his house. The women also gathered water from the stream to fill Kaling’s vessels.