80-year-old Man Hears of Jesus for the First Time FeaturedWritten by Gospel for Asia
Gospel for Asia (www.gfa.org) News Release – For Immediate Release
WILLS POINT, TX (ANS – September 13, 2017) -- Naitik was 80 years old before he ever heard the name of Jesus. And he is not alone—this is the story of millions of others who live in remote places in Asia, where, so far, there’s been no mention of Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God.
Naitik lived in an area where the people worshiped local deities and believed in witchcraft. Then one day Naitik’s relative introduced him to GFA-supported pastor Udyan. During their conversation, Naitik heard for the very first time about Jesus and His sacrifice to save humanity. He became very interested to learn more about this love. Before Pastor Udyan left, he prayed for Naitik’s ailments, which included leg pain and poor eyesight, and encouraged the elderly man to trust Jesus to heal him.
The next morning, Naitik contacted Pastor Udyan and invited him to come to his home again for prayer. When the pastor arrived, the old man welcomed him and said: “I don’t know what is happening to me. I could not sleep properly last night. I felt like someone was talking to me. I want to know more about the Lord Jesus. Also, there is less pain in my leg after you prayed for me.”
As Naitik and his wife spoke with Pastor Udyan, they learned more about the love of God and decided they would go to church for Sunday worship. When they attended the service, they were further encouraged by Pastor Udyan as he taught from God’s Word.
God's Word has the power to transform lives, just like it did for Naitik.
Later, Pastor Udyan offered Naitik a Bible, which he happily received. In spite of his limited education and his poor eyesight, Naitik faithfully read the Bible, and to his surprise, the Lord restored his vision! Seeing God’s work in his life, Naitik asked Pastor Udyan to conduct prayer meetings at his house. During the first meeting, the Lord miraculously healed Naitik’s wife from a breathing problem. Experiencing the Lord’s kindness and grace led this dear old couple to put their trust in the Savior.
Naitik and his wife are very happy to know Jesus. They are even inviting their neighbors and friends to be part of the new fellowship that is gathering at their home. Naitik is reading his Bible faithfully, spending time in prayer and growing in his faith. He said, “Although I had spent my whole life in darkness, now I have found light in Jesus. He is really God. I want to live for Him for the rest of my life.”
How precious these words are of an old man who was able to meet one of God’s servants, hear about Jesus and be given the chance to respond to Christ’s love and sacrifice near the end of his life. Tragically, there are many people of Naitik’s generation who have already gone into eternity without ever meeting anyone who could point them to the Light of the World.
For many of them, time is running out fast.
The Lord has raised up Asian men and women who are ready—and eager—to go to their own people and be Christ’s hands and feet. Their limitations for ministry are minor compared to foreign missionaries. They know the intricacies of the culture or can adapt very quickly and well. As their neighbors watch their daily life, many discover for themselves that Jesus isn’t a foreign God, but is their own Creator, who knows their every need.
As Christians, it is our privilege and commission from the Lord to introduce the nations to the life-giving hope of Christ. Will you join with us to enable well-trained national missionaries like Udyan to minister God’s love? You can help people who are waiting hear the Good News for the first time. To sponsor a missionary, please go to: https://www.gfa.org/sponsor/search/
Note: Gospel for Asia (www.gfa.org) has -- for more than 30 years -- provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 75,000 sponsored children, free medical services for more than 180,000 people, 6,000 wells drilled, 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas presents for more than 400,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry.
Photo captions: 1) Man waiting to hear about Jesus. 2) God's Word has the power to transform lives, just like it did for Naitik. 3) GFA-supported missionaries are ready -- and eager -- to go to their own people and be Christ’s hands and feet.
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