Brothers Strife Leads to Eternal Life in India
My brothers and I, and my family live with my parents. I was born into a Hindu family. I married in 2011 and am blessed with 2 children.
We live under one roof as a joint family
My brothers always quarreled together over many family disputes. Therefore, to the outside world, we looked like pious people because of the idol worship we participated in. Many thought we were a happy family, yet there was no joy and happiness at home. In other words, my younger brother and I would simply start quarreling because we hated each other. There was a lot of division and all types of wickedness in us.
Our relationship became more distant
As my younger brother and I grew older, our relationship grew further and further apart. A compromise was not an option. My parents tried to console us often. We quarreled more and more and soon wanted to physically harm each other. We were very stubborn and hard-hearted.
A strangers visit has eternal benefits
One day, I went to work as I usually did at a rice farm. After work, a Christian man came and met with me while I was eating lunch under the tree. He explained to me the love of Jesus and what it meant to be loved by Him. He explained the call to love our fellow people. It was as if he knew my struggles even though he was not from my village. I was battling with hatred and not loving my brother.
The Christian man told me the story of how Cain killed his brother Abel in the Bible, and he also quoted the scripture verse from…
“Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.” ~ 1 John 3:15,
At that moment, under the tree, a light bulb went on in my head and the Holy Spirit began to work. Tears rolled down my cheeks as I sat there convicted and weeping. With a silent prayer for forgiveness, I surrendered my life to Jesus.
I ran to my brother for forgiveness
The first person I wanted to forgive and ask for forgiveness was my younger brother. Above all, he was amazed to hear me talking to him so gently and asking him for forgiveness. Subsequently, he was very broken as well, but thankfully, God restored our relationship. I continued to share my faith with him and he was the first person I led to Jesus.
God ignited a desire in my heart to serve Him
God drew me to a small Christian fellowship, where I began to grow and the Lord called me to ministry in 2016. I enrolled in the 17th class of Church Planting Schools and graduated in November 2019.
The Lord was stirring my heart deeply for the lost people in the village. By the grace of Jesus, I was able to reach out to my fellow co-workers at the rice farm and share the gospel. That it to say, the Lord has started a Christian fellowship right here with 18 people in the group.
Pray that the “Lord of Peace (2 Thessalonians 3:16) would reconcile many Indian families to Himself and to one another through the SOM India church planters network.
Pray for boldness and endurance for workers who are laboring in the fields planting the gospel.