Indigenous missionaries partnered with Intercede International in India have been witnessing how God is powerfully transforming the lives of people connected with their ministries. Siloam Evangelical Fellowship leader Mariamma Buraga reported to Intercede of transformed lives related to her ministry.
“Pawan, who is 12 years old, is from a remote tribe that lives in a remote slum. His mother works long, hard days in the fields and has struggled to take care of him and his five brothers and sisters. Being a widow with so many children, Pawan’s mother couldn’t afford to send him to school. Even if he could go to school, it would be about a three-kilometre walk along very dusty roads to get to the closest one – and it is really not safe. Some months ago, Pawan came to live at SEF’s home for children in Hubli. He says his life is much better now. He has a lot of friends, a bedroom that he loves, good food and he is able to go to school and get an education.
‘I know a lot of people love me here,’ he says. ‘They told me about Jesus. I had never heard of Him before. Now I accepted Him as my Saviour and now I know I am a child of God. My prayer is that He helps me fulfil my dream of being a teacher.’”
“Naga’s husband Samir works at a shop that sells cloth materials. It was an inter-caste marriage,” reports Buraga. “Naga was from a Hindu background and Samir was from a Muslim background and they were not in touch with their parents as they have opposed their marriage. They have been married for 11 years and were not able to have children. Even though they visited many temples and many doctors they couldn’t have their problems solved. Once Naga visited our free medical camp conducted in the Hubli rural area, which is funded by SEF. Through our medical camp clinic she was connected with a gynecologist and after going through treatment for three months Naga and Samir learned the joyful news that she was pregnant and they would finally have the baby they had longed for. Today, they have a healthy young daughter named Hafiza. This family has received so much joy and happiness and their hearts are truly thankful to God for His blessings in their lives. God has used this medical camp to reach many who are suffering from sickness and to share the love of Christ with families just like Naga’s.
“Thanks to our partners and friends who help support this free medical camps clinic. Without it, Hafiza might not have been born. The family now often visits our CBC Centre Church, and requests prayers for many of their problems. Naga has attended our women’s retreat once. They started coming to our centre often, and know much about the true living God and are growing in the Lord. Hallelujah!”
Praise the Lord for His power at work through these India-based indigenous missionaries.