In a feverish voice, Tina called out to her parents. “Please pray for me to the Lord so I may get cured,” she said.
Her parents had been doing everything they could to help their only daughter. They offered many sacrifices to their gods and goddesses, but their precious girl was slipping away from them. In the midst of her fierce sickness, Tina’s thoughts brought her back to the God who answers prayers.
Tina had just enrolled in a Bridge of Hope centre, run by Gospel for Asia staff, when the first signs of malaria appeared.
As sickness took over her body, Tina remembered all she had learned at the centre, in particular the times spent in prayer with the Bridge of Hope staff. So she asked her parents to pray. They whispered to each other’ “what can she mean by prayer?”
Tina replied: “At the centre, whenever … we are in need, we pray for God’s help and His blessings, and He answers our prayers.”
In desperation, Tina’s father rushed to the Bridge of Hope centre, were he told the staff of Tina’s sickness and of her plea for prayer. Jagir, the centre coordinator, hastily made his way to Tina’s home.
Jagir raised his voice in prayer for the little girl and her family, encouraging them with the hope that Christ gives. As one of the village’s doctors, he also started visiting their home twice a day to give them medical instructions. His testimony and faithfulness comforted the family, and they began to have faith that God would heal Tina.
Tina grew stronger by the day, as did the family’s hope in Jesus. They began to join the worship services in the local fellowship and now participate in all the activities the fellowship puts on.
Tina’s simple trust, and the power of answered prayer by a gracious Lord, transformed an entire family and brought them hope!
- Give thanks for Gospel for Asia staff and the Bridge of Hope Centres, that offer education, food and hope to impoverished children around South East Asia.
- Give thanks for lives transformed through the witness of Christian workers, and the testimony of answered prayer. Pray that many across SE Asia will come to know the transforming power of Jesus through His Gospel and His people.
- Pray for protection for local mission workers, as many face poverty, oppression and persecution as they seek to spread the Gospel.
1 John 5 vs 11: “And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son”