Lahar had been a heavy drinker since he was 18 years old, and his addiction even drove his wife to move in with her parents for three years.
With effort, Lahar eventually stopped drinking and reunited with his wife. Together, the couple worked to provide for their growing family. Eventually, they started a business; it seemed their lives were getting better.
An Unlikely Friendship Develops
Meanwhile, GFA World-supported pastor Chanchal had started ministering in Lahar’s village. One day, he offered Lahar a piece of Christian literature. Like most of the other villagers, Lahar didn’t want to hear the message of hope Pastor Chanchal had to share. But Lahar did allow Pastor Chanchal to continue visiting his family, and over the course of several years, a friendship grew.
Pastor Chanchal’s words touched the heart of Lahar’s mother, and she started attending the local church. But because Lahar’s father was the elder of their village, people criticized the family for her interest in Christ. Under society’s pressure, Lahar and his father told her she couldn’t attend church for more than a year. But Lahar’s mother continued walking with Jesus, and soon the source of family turmoil shifted from her to Lahar.