THE TESTIMONY OF A YOUNG WOMAN IN INDIA
I am Princess Sayujya. I belong to a royal family in India. If this was the time of kings ruling, my father would be the King of our territory.
From childhood I was an idol worshiper. I used to go to the temples, and kept idols of Devi Saraswati, Lord Krishna, Shiva, Parvathy, Ganapati, Vishnu, Rama, Seetha and others in my prayer room. I did poojas [Hindu prayer rituals—Ed.] before them and anointed them with milk and ghee every day and prayed to them.
One day, when I was doing a pooja by offering flowers to the idols, one of my idols of Devi Saraswati fell from my hand and broke into several pieces. It was really painful for me. I myself hit my head on the table and cried with deep sorrow.
While I was crying I felt someone touch me on the shoulder. I thought it was my mother. I couldn’t control myself and cried even louder. Then I heard the person touching me say, “My daughter.” I was shocked because it was a gentleman’s voice, and I knew it wasn’t my father’s. So I stood up immediately and turned towards him, but I found nobody there.
I looked around the corners and was surprised to see no one. But I was quite sure someone had touched me and called me ‘daughter.’ Then I thought perhaps I was just imagining it. So I collected the pieces of the broken idol and tried to put them back together. I couldn’t, so again started weeping.
Very clearly I heard the same voice again: “My daughter.” When I looked back I saw a bright light shining in the corner. Inside of the light I saw Jesus the Lord. I recognized it was Jesus, because many times I had seen His picture.
Jesus told me: “My daughter, I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to God the Father, but by me. Believe me and follow me.”
Automatically I knelt down before Him … the first time I ever knelt before anyone. I had only prostrated myself before idols before. It must have been Holy Spirit who forced me to kneel down before Jesus.
Then I approached Pastor Paul and family of Bibles for Mideast. They taught me that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of Most High God, came down from Heaven to earth, was crucified and died as a punishment of sin for every human being … even though He had no sin at all. He rose from the dead and gave us salvation and eternal life. And they gave me a Holy Bible.
I confessed before the Lord Jesus and accepted Him as my personal Savior and Lord.
As soon as I was born again, I gathered up all my idols and threw them away. My father and mother were astonished why I was doing this, thinking I had gone mad. I explained to them what had happened, which only made them angry. They began to persecute me. But every day I became stronger and stronger in my faith in Jesus Christ, my Lord. And after a few days of studying the Bible and attending worship services I received baptism from Pastor Paul.
Now I share my testimony and distribute Gospel tracts and bibles among my friends and relatives so they too will come to believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and the King of kings. Please pray for them.
My husband is also a born-again man from my own community, baptized and involved with our Lord’s ministries. God has blessed us with a child.