By Subodh Jena Kumar in Orissa, India
We went to Kutur which is more than an overnight journey from here—a rather unreachable place. The area is dominated by the RSS (Hindu fundamentalist) group. There is a lower class people group there called the Damb with whom the higher cast people will not eat and will not allow to participate in their rituals.
Here we experienced something for the very first time.
All the arrangements had been made by a certain brother. As we were about to start the meeting, a Hindu leader suddenly arrived and shouted to our convener to close the meeting. Our convener told him we were there simply to pray for the sick and needy. I also pleaded with him.
But the Hindu leader led fifty to sixty people out from the meeting, saying that we were deceivers who would convert them to Christianity. But they would soon come to know that Jesus is a healer since they watched the event from the outside to see what was going to happen. Inside I preached the gospel with an evangelist translating for me since I did not know their language.
As soon as the preaching was over we ministered to the sick and the Lord healed them all instantly. Suddenly the group who had left and was watching from the outside came in and asked us to minister healing to them too. We ministered to all of them. The Lord did the same to them, healing them of their infirmities.
The program went on until 11:30 pm. After the Feeding Event was over, the Hindu leader who had taken the people out of the meeting came to me and asked me to go to his house. I was shocked but went to his home with a brother. I saw that he had changed. He said that he had misunderstood and asked me to forgive him. He confessed that the Lord Jesus is real and asked me to minister to his wife who was suffering from typhoid.
Our brother informed me that over two hundred and fifty Hindus had eaten at our Feeding Event. What an experience we witnessed in that unreached Hindu area. There are thousands of such places where we need to go and to reach with the gospel.
Parbati had a hearing problem. Three years earlier she had suffered pain in her left ear, and after that she could not hear from that ear. She took medication as doctors directed her but did not get well. Moreover for the last 7 to 8 months she had pain in her other ear. Praise God for her testimony that our living God touched her. She felt no more pain and she was able to hear.
Kalpana was suffering a lot from back pain for six years; she was not able to stand properly and neither could she sit on the ground. The Almighty God touched and healed her. After I ministered to her she went off by herself and sat on the ground. She testified and was telling everybody that Jesus had healed her.
Babu Rao had chest pain. For three to four months he was having unbearable pain and at times felt that something was burning him. He felt he could no longer survive. But the burning stopped. He had come to Kutur for a holiday and had heard about the healing service. He was happy to come to know Jesus and that He is a healer.
Jiana was suffering from thyroid. Sometimes she felt pain in her chest because of the thyroid problem. Praise God after I ministered to her she felt cool in her body and she was healed.
Bhabani had a serious problem, suffering from a women’s disease (possibly an issue of blood). She had spent thousands of rupees for her treatment. During the time of ministry she felt something like electric power flow into her body and she was strengthened.
Vima, a farmer, was suffering from joint pain. The Lord healed him.
We thank God for the marvelous work that he did in Kutur. Praise God for the more than 220 souls who came to Christ. Thank you so much for helping us to reach the Hindus to Christ.
The feeding of the villagers