By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS – June 29, 2015) — Sajita* and others in her large family had done everything they could think of to find help for her father and younger brother, who were both “out of their minds with a kind of madness” that placed great burdens on the family.
Her brother, Akash* had been mentally ill for four years, since the age of 12. In his semi-conscious state, words came out of his mouth that he didn’t understand. For four years he couldn’t attend school, and hadn’t learned to read or write.
He was also aggressive, occasionally attacking people. Their father suffered from the same malady, according to a report by Church of the Nazarene.
Then some Christians came to their area of Kathmandu, Nepal, to perform a gospel drama. For Sajita, the gospel message presented a hope for her family that she had not found anywhere else. She believed in Jesus, was born again, and began to follow Him as her Savior and Lord.
Sajita was the first believer in her neighborhood, and people would not accept her new faith. Scorned and mistreated, she continued steadfastly as a Christian. Sajita began walking to a Nazarene church about 15 minutes away.
The pastors and leaders in the church embraced her and they began visiting her neighborhood in Kathmandu to support her and reach out to others. They too were met with a cold response by the community.
For five or six years ministry teams from the church visited Sajita to pray with her and offer encouragement, and also tried visiting other homes in the neighborhood.
One day Sajita and another relative who had found Christ took Akash to visit the church. His mental state was so troubled that he scarcely understood where he was or what was happening.
But by the last song of the worship he actually became aware he was in a church. Somewhat encouraged, Sajita brought him back to the church several times and people prayed over him for divine healing.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is a senior correspondent for the ASSIST News Service and also the founder of www.Godreports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest and involvement in world missions.
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