Karishma stood with several other ladies from her village, waiting to get water from the tanker truck. The village head arranged for regular visits, hoping to provide adequate water for drinking and cooking, but sometimes the truck ran out before everyone could get enough.
The need for water dominated the minds of many in the village. Drought came every summer, bringing scorching temperatures often surpassing 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Months would pass without a drop of rain. Despite the daily need for water, another problem plagued Karishma’s mind even more: A wild man in the village threw rocks at passersby and frequently ran away from home. That wild man was her husband, Nirdhar.
Family Struggles With Father’s Erratic Behavior
Most of the people in the village knew only about Nirdhar’s irregular activities outside the home. They didn’t know he couldn’t sleep or eat. They didn’t see the scratches on Karishma’s arms and body inflicted by her husband’s fingernails.
Although Karishma knew Nirdhar was possessed by destructive spirits, she could do nothing to free him. Karishma, along with her son and two sons-in-law, often tried to find help for Nirdhar. They took him to many witch doctors and performed many rituals, but Nirdhar often overpowered those who tried to free him.
Believers’ Prayers Free Husband
One day, Karishma’s neighbors suggested Karishma and the family bring Nirdhar to see Gospel for Asia pastor Dayal Prasad, who lived a few miles away.
On this advice, Karishma and her children took Nirdhar to the church.
When they got to the church, the pastor and all the believers prayed for Nirdhar. God delivered him from the oppressive spirits and restored him to his right mind.
Seeing this miracle in Nirdhar’s life, the entire family recognized Jesus’ power and decided to embrace the freedom found in Christ.
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