We had a fruitful Feeding Event in a remote village at a place called PangaPada. Around 400 Hindus accepted the Christ.
From the main road we had to travel around 20 km to a hilly area. I was surprised that there were so many villages scattered in that hilly region. People also came from nearer villages for our Feeding Event. Praise the Lord that although there was no road going into the area He enabled us to reach the remote region.
Most of the area inhabitants were tribal people, but we also saw some (“untouchable”) Dalit people in attendance at the Feeding Event as well. The majority of the people spoke a tribal tongue.
The Lord performed some powerful miraculous healings. One testimony in particular touched my heart.
Four years earlier, an elderly man named Govinda had gone into the jungle to collect leaves for supper but he fell and fractured his right knee. He had been confined to bed and was unable to do any work. He could not get any medical treatment because he had no money. He depended completely on the government for rice and Rs. 200 (less than US$3) for his monthly pension. At our Feeding Event the Lord touched him and healed him completely. He stood up and walked around freely. He testified that if our meeting had taken place a few years earlier, than he would not have suffered until that day. He became very emotional and started crying at the meeting.
Reports from Elijah Challenge Coordinator Subodh Kumar Jena
An elderly woman named Raibari had suffered from rheumatism for two years along with pain and swelling in her leg. She had been to a doctor who informed her that since there was no cure she had to take medicine every day, and when the pain was severe she also needed an injection. But Raibari had not taken any medicine because she had no money. As a result she had suffered a lot with the pain. At our Event she testified that she experienced complete healing in her body from our Lord. She couldn’t believe it as her doctor had assured her that her incurable condition was for life. We told her and the people that what is impossible with man is possible with the Lord Jesus.
A sister named Chintamani was suffering from a throat infection since the month of April. She had a problem swallowing food so she could only take liquids. Praise the Lord, at the Event she was touched and healed by the Lord Jesus. She testified that normally she ate rice three times a day, but since her throat got infected she could not eat any more rice. That day she felt the Lord’s miraculous healing touch in her throat and she was able to swallow freely.
Babu, the village chief, used to have pain in his lungs from time to time. It was painful like somebody poking him with a needle. He had been taking medicine for two years. But that day the pain suddenly stopped when we ministered to him. He shared that earlier a witch doctor had attempted to use witchcraft to give him relief, but nothing happened.
Thank you so much for your prayer and support enabling us to reach such remote places in the interior with the gospel.
Below: Feeding the villagers afterwards