Report: Bibles for Mideast
Usha, born and brought up in a Hindu family in India, faithfully worshipped many Hindu deities and performed daily poojas [Hindu prayer rituals—Ed.] in her home, with the hope of receiving a blessing in return.
But when she developed uterine cancer and a serious skin disease, her husband left her for another woman. Due to her sickness and unpleasant appearance, many in the community rejected her. Even her own brothers and sisters wouldn’t let her into their homes.
To care for herself and her four children, Usha had no choice but to beg from neighbors. She tried to continue teaching her children at home and live as normally as possible in the midst of her suffering.
She prayed to her idols every day for healing, including Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Ganpati, Ayyappa, Laxmi, Saraswathi. As part of the pooja rites, she would pour out milk, honey, rice, flowers and fruits on her idols. For months and months she repeated the rituals, but found no relief from her health maladies.
Usha applied for help from the government and they approved treatment in a mission hospital, which involved a hysterectomy. Doctors were optimistic they had removed all of her cancer, but her skin disease persisted, which baffled them.
One day some ministers connected with Bible for Mideast visited her in the hospital. They shared the gospel with Usha, a message she had never heard before. Visibly moved, she repented of all her sins and accepted Jesus as her Savior.
“I believe in Jesus Christ,” she openly declared. Everyone in the room joined hands and prayed for her.
Then something remarkable happened. As they prayed, Usha felt as if she were suddenly engulfed in a burning furnace. Her internal body temperature seemed to rise dramatically—as if a fire raged within every cell of her body!
She looked at her skin and hair, expecting to see herself charred or singed, then expressed surprise when she saw no evidence of the fire she felt.
“All my sin and sickness burned from my body by the grace of Jesus Christ!” she exclaimed.
After this intense experience, her skin disease slowly disappeared. The ministers who witnessed her healing praised the Lord. Doctors could not explain what happened, some admitting it had to be a miracle.
As Usha regained her health and strength, she was baptized and began to freely share the story of God’s amazing work in her life.
Now working as a housemaid in the Middle East, she often spends her spare time involved in evangelistic activities with Bibles for Mideast. She distributes bibles and Christian literature for free, wins souls to the Kingdom of Christ and attends a local house church.
With one of her children now married, Usha manages to support the studies of her other three even on her minimal wages. And when she does get paid, she faithfully gives a tithe to the Lord’s work.
"The Lord Jesus Christ has given me life and livelihood out of empty hope,” she explains. “I can hardly give enough to Him for His unspeakable gifts!"