No One to Lean On in Time of Crisis
In this moment of crisis, Kalinda did not have family to turn to. Her parents were also very poor and could not help. Raising families of their own, Kalinda's siblings could not take the extra burden of having to provide for her and her children. Her in-laws were too old to work to support their grandchildren—they needed to be cared for themselves.
Kalinda came from a poor family, married into a poor family and lost her only means of support when her husband died. But as brokenness threatened to engulf Kalinda, something else wrestled to the surface in her heart: determination.
Hard Work to Scrape By
Finding a daily wage job, Kalinda began cleaning the house and caring for the cattle of a local family. She worked hard to scrape together enough earnings for food and education for her children. Kalinda's elderly parents-in-law, who were too frail to work, also relied on her earnings.
Every night, Kalinda found herself exhausted. The burden of providing for the family was too much. The land around Kalinda's home lay barren in the absence of anyone to work it. As she cared for someone else's house and animals, her own were left neglected.
Another Crisis Leads to Hope
Weary years passed for Kalinda's family as they eked out a life together. Then another moment of crisis for the battered family came: Kalinda's oldest daughter, Mala, was afflicted by evil spirits. Mala spent each night in fear, keeping the whole family awake with screams of terror. For months, Mala suffered through disturbed nights. Kalinda could not afford the special rituals required by their traditional religion to deliver her daughter; the basic needs of the family swallowed all her income. Kalinda felt helpless and trapped.
While the family lived through these nights of torment and fear, one day they met a GFA-supported pastor named Kulveer. Kalinda asked Pastor Kulveer to please pray for her daughter in Jesus' name. Pastor Kulveer prayed for Mala and encouraged the family to trust Jesus to rescue her.