Ratan’s life would be over soon, and his wife, Kuvira, would become a widow. But he knew she wouldn’t be without hope.
“I am going to leave this world,” Ratan told his wife. “But after I die, go to the church because no one else will take care of you and our children. Just be with Sister Latha; she will take care of you. Apart from Sister Latha, I cannot trust other individuals. She is very faithful.”
Woman’s Faith Grows Despite Hostility
But Kuvira’s challenges weren’t over. She faced a host of opposition from her neighbors and from Ratan’s relatives for her faith. One day, some villagers stole Kuvira’s goat, killed it, ate it and then threw the goat’s skin and bones into Kuvira’s house. As Kuvira faced this fearsome hatred, Latha prayed for protection for her and her children, and she encouraged Kuvira to stand firm in the Lord. Despite the villagers’ harassment, Kuvira continued going to church services.
Persecution came from Ratan’s relatives, too. They attempted to chase Kuvira out of her husband’s home. But Latha stood up for her.
“Where were you when her husband was sick? Why didn’t you take care of him in his time of trouble?” Latha challenged. “Now Kuvira has a hope in Jesus Christ to continue her life journey. What wrong has she done?” Chastened by the rebuke, Ratan’s family members stopped harassing Kuvira. Meanwhile, Latha continued visiting and encouraging Kuvira. Latha taught the new believer how to pray to the Lord and depend on Him in the face of all her challenges and needs.
Now, Kuvira is continuing to grow closer to the Lord and participate in the activities of the local church. She thanks God for redeeming her life and for leading Latha to support her during a time she most needed a friend.
“Because Sister Latha came as a woman missionary to meet with us, we are saved,” Kuvira said. “If she would not have come to our house, we would have not seen this day today. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father, One who made a plan to save us from our sinful nature.”
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"We began supporting Latha 15 years ago on April 3, 2001. As a woman missionary and a widow, she is able to reach out to a segment of society that male missionaries are prevented from reaching out to because of cultural barriers. That was the main reason we decided to begin sponsoring her. [...]
"It has been a privilege to be a part of what God is doing through this missionary’s life, and this story about her ministry was very encouraging. As women and widows in her culture face a lot of discrimination, it was really a blessing to see how God has put her in a unique position to demonstrate the love of Jesus to others. He also has given her the boldness to stand up for someone else who was in real need and still grieving the loss of her husband.
"I look forward to the day when we will meet as we worship around the throne of our Heavenly Father."
—Latha's sponsors in TexasClose
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