11/19/2011: God’s Power Manifested in India
God’s Power Manifested
Introduction: The Lord has been working mightily in India. Recently Wayne and Shelley Senner were able to make a trip to India to visit their daughter and son-in-law and granddaughters and to help with mission work. They also met some very dedicated local Seventh-day Adventists. This story is a compilation of journal entries by Shelley Senner from her trip to India. Even though the testimonies are short, they are exciting. The Lord is truly busy in India.
We are doing fine, by the grace of God, and hope the same for you. We recently were able to do a television recording in Hyderabad (India). The telecast had quite an impact on the area.
On March 20, after the telecast, a number of people called me. One man who called was a very prominent person. He is an Indian and the director of Asia Bible College. He lives close to the Flaiz Memorial College in Narsapur. He requested that I come teach on the book of Revelation at his College during the summer. My summer is very busy, so I don’t know if I will be able to work that in. It is a very interesting opportunity though.
On March 27, a week later, another prominent evangelical called me. He is from a place called Jaheerabad, about a two-hour drive from Hyderabad. He is a Sunday-keeping Christian, but he has become
convinced about the Sabbath truth by watching our television programs. He also very interested in the messages on the book of Revelation.
Please pray for both of these men. They both have a lot of influence and if they would accept the Sabbath truth, just think about the number of people that could learn about our precious truth.
I just returned from a mission trip in which I was able to conduct meetings for two weeks in four different places: Cheerala, Allur, Ongole and South Konda. I am thrilled that from these meetings seventeen people gave their lives to Jesus.
During my visiting, I met two individuals whom God has miraculously healed. Both are from different churches. They attended
my meetings and gave their testimonies! One man was a Muslim before the experience and then gave his heart to Christ and joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
His Muslim name is Mastan. His wife became very sick. He spent about half a million rupees on the hospital bills. She eventually became completely paralyzed. The doctors gave up hope and said that in a few days she would die. He brought her home, and the whole family was crying. That night, Jesus appeared to him in a white dream and in white clothing and told him to go to a church so that she could be healed. Since he was a Muslim, he did not know any church or pastor. The next morning, he inquired in the market place about where he could find a church. Someone in the market told him about the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He went to that church, where the pastor and church members took the time to pray for his wife. A miracle happened! She was completely healed. The man and his wife then wanted to learn more about the Adventist faith; so they began studying and eventually were baptized. Now his Christian name is Elijah. He is now the elder of our Adventist church in South Konda. He has received persecution for his choice to become a Christian. He received many threats from his Muslim friends. He responded to his friends that Jesus was the One Who healed his wife and that if they wanted to kill him, it would be no problem, but he would remain a Christian.
It is still true: “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16.
I’m sending another testimony of a Hindu man whom I met on April 5, 2011, in a place near Allur. He met me after my preaching and gave me his testimony.
His Hindu name was Brahmayya (the name is the name of a major Hindu god who created this world, according to Hindu religion). He got tuberculosis and was rushed to a big hospital about five hours’ drive from his village. He was in the last stage of tuberculosis, so whenever he coughed, blood was coming up from his lungs. Doctors sent him home and told his family members that there was no treatment available at that final stage of tuberculosis. He had contracted tuberculosis by being a drunkard. When the man was brought home, his family offered worship to all the major Hindu gods, all to no avail. His family became so desperate that they finally gave up on praying to the Hindu gods for his healing, and decided to take him to a Christian place of worship so that the Christian God might heal him.
When his family brought him to the Christian church, it was their first time to place a foot in a Christian place of worship. He and his family just cried, asking, “Please heal our brother, God! If You heal him, we will become Your followers!”
The church they had come to seek help from was the Seventh-day Adventist church. Our pastor lives behind the church building. When he heard the people crying inside the church, he went into the church to see what was happening. When he saw them, he immediately knelt down and prayed for them. God in His loving kindness touched that man and healed him. He recovered in a few days without any medicine. He went back to the same hospital, and the doctors were amazed to see him without any traces of tuberculosis. The man gave his heart to Christ and gave up drinking alcohol and eventually was baptized into the Adventist church. The pastor gave him the Christian name Abraham. He works on his farm during the daytime but sleeps in the church every night and cleans the church and spends time in prayer every night in the church. His two sons have an auto rickshaw, but on the Sabbath they bring all the old people who would like to attend the church in their auto rickshaw without charging any money.
Please keep Pastor Sharath Babu in your prayers as he continues to seek out and minister to the lost in the country of India. For sure, there are many in that country that need the saving message of the gospel. “Multitudes will be called to a wider ministry. The whole world is opening to the gospel. Ethiopia is stretching out her hands unto God. From Japan and China and India, from the still-darkened lands of our own continent, from every quarter of this world of ours, comes the cry of sin-stricken hearts for a knowledge of the God of love. Millions upon millions have never so much as heard of God or of His love revealed in Christ. It is their right to receive this knowledge. They have an equal claim with us in the Saviour’s mercy. And it rests with us who have received the knowledge, with our children to whom we may impart it, to answer their cry. To every household and every school, to every parent, teacher, and child upon whom has shone the light of the gospel, comes at this crisis the question put to Esther the queen at that momentous crisis in Israel’s history, ‘Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’ Esther 4:14.” A Call to Stand Apart, 66.
By Shelley Senner. Email: email@example.com.