Hansa’s uncle, Nand, lay in bed, succumbing to the tuberculosis that ravaged his body. “I am going to die,” he moaned. “Let me hear something pleasant. Let me have happiness in my life.” He had been bedridden for months; his only consolation in life was listening to the radio. So Hansa’s cousin turned it on and scanned the stations, looking for something to ease Nand’s mind.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you…” Hansa’s cousin took her hand off the radio dial, captivated by what she just heard. Soon, Hansa and 12 of her family members sat in front of the radio, listening to a message about Jesus Christ and His power to heal.
Hansa’s heart began to race. She wondered, Who is this Jesus this man is talking about? Can we be healed?
They kept listening.
“I am going to pray for you. If you have any kinds of problem . . . pray along with me.”
Hansa and her family closed their eyes and believed in their hearts.
The broadcaster prayed for those afflicted and bedridden—the same things her family was going through. After the prayer, Hansa’s uncle sat up in bed.
“I feel better,” he said, amazed. “I’m not going to die. I think Jesus healed me!”
Hansa looked at Nand, surprised. This God had mercy on her uncle—maybe He could heal her mother too.
For nine years, Hansa’s mother, Roma, battled an unknown force. She roamed around their village confused. When her children would go after her, she’d yell at them, “Who are you?! You are not my children! Why are you coming after me?”
“Mummy!” Hansa and her four siblings would cry, their faces awash with tears. “Why are you doing this? We are your children. Please come back!”
But Roma would run away, convinced a man in a black dress was after her with a knife.
Learning More About Jesus
Hansa and her family spent more time with Pastor Kundan and the missionaries, asking for more prayer, more information on Jesus and someone to come back to their village to teach them more about Christ.
Hansa and her family left with a new Bible, the promise of two national missionaries to serve in their region, and joy at discovering the true God who heals.
Three months later, after continual prayer and fasting, God completely healed Roma. Hansa finally had her mother back.
Power of Radio
Hansa and her family continued listening to GFA Radio, filling up with Christ’s love. One by one, she, her family and even some in her village received new life in Jesus.
“Because of radio, God started working in our lives,” Hansa says. “If there was no radio, I think my mother would have died. … It’s because of God’s grace that we were able to hear the radio programme, and through that God saved our lives.”
Originally published: March 2015
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