I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 3:14
God is punishing you!
Bheru, and even his entire village, believed that his son was born handicapped as a punishment from God because of his former way of life. When Bheru was a young man, people feared him. He would take whatever he wanted by force. If he needed money for a drink, he would take it from someone walking down the street. If he wanted anything, he would take it just because he could. Then Bheru got married and began to raise a family.
He had five children; but one of them was almost completely paralyzed. His son was a constant reminder of the past he tried to leave behind.
One day, Bheru saw the local pastor carrying a Proclaimer and asked him what it was. When he heard that it contained the audio Word of God in Oriya, Bheru asked if he could borrow it. The pastor let him take it home and listen with his family. He borrowed it week after week. After a few months, Bheru noticed that his son, who hardly moved before, was beginning to operate the Proclaimer by himself. Sometimes, he would even push himself across the room to grab it.
Bheru recognized that there was power in the Proclaimer and he asked the pastor to explain this to him. The pastor used the opportunity to share the Gospel, and Bheru, along with his entire family, accepted Jesus Christ. Now, they come to the listening group every week and Bheru has started four more listening groups in surrounding villages. What a testimony to God’s love and the power of His Word!
We are grateful to churches like First Wesleyan Church (Cherryville. NC), Village Baptist Church (Oklahoma City, OK), Our Saviors Lutheran Church (Callendar, IA), Immanuel Lutheran Church, (Macomb, MI), Christ Community Church (St. Charles, IL), and many others for helping families like Bheru’s find freedom from the bondage of sin as they find real peace and love through God’s Word in their heart language.
Image: Bheru and his young son.