Too Poor for Suicide
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Suicide. The thought pulsed in Chamudi's mind as relentlessly as the hunger that gnawed in her stomach. Completely broken at the thought of her children's suffering, Chamudi decided today was the day to end it all—for herself and for her children.
Through her cloud of hopelessness, she realized she didn't even have money to buy poison. Chamudi slumped onto the only bench she had in her house and thought about how she could earn enough to bring about her family's death.
Life Comes Knocking
From her position on her bench, Chamudi watched in surprise as a man dressed in black pants and a white shirt came walking toward her house. She didn't recognize the middle-aged stranger. Rising from her seat, Chamudi curiously approached him.
He introduced himself as Alak, the GFA-supported pastor of a local congregation. He offered the disheartened woman some literature, which sparked a conversation about Jesus and the new life Christ offers.
As they talked, Chamudi shared about her poverty and hopeless situation, and she eventually disclosed to him her intention of killing herself and her children that very day. Taking the timely opportunity God provided to minister to Chamudi, Pastor Alak prayed earnestly for her and encouraged her to trust in Jesus.
Chamudi's religious convictions forbad her from going to a Christian worship service, but as she learned more about God's redeeming love and listened to Pastor Alak's prayer, peace entered her heart. She found a dose of hope that day, and she decided to learn more about the One who sent someone to her to keep her from death.
The Restoring Power of God
Chamudi and her children started visiting Pastor Alak's congregation, bringing their troubles and sorrows to the Lord. Soon, Chamudi found a small business she could run from her home! She received cloth from a factory and sewed children's clothing. The work was gentle, and her new income enabled her to feed her children.
Hope filled Chamudi's heart, as well as love for the God who provided for her family. She continued learning about the Lord through the local church, and her love for Jesus impelled her to ask Him to adopt her into His family and give her new life.
Finding work was just the beginning of the answers to prayer Chamudi received. When Chamudi went to the hospital to buy medication with her new earnings, the doctors said her condition had improved! And just as the Lord sent Pastor Alak to Chamudi's house on the day she planned to die, He later sent another man to impact Chamudi's life—except this one married her. Athula, who worked at the factory where Chamudi received her cloth, linked his life with Chamudi and her children, helping support them and walking alongside them as they journey closer to Jesus together as a family.
A Vessel for God's Use
Chamudi experienced God's restoring power in incredible ways, all because one national missionary made himself available to be used by God to touch lives.
You can help send more missionaries who are ready to minister to hurting and disheartened families in Asia. Who knows, God may use them to hinder suicide plans, like He did through Pastor Alak.
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