“This church building is a house of prayer and a place of worship for everyone,” the pastor said.
His words astonished Mano.
Mano had expected conflict, but instead, he was met with kindness. The church building was “for everyone.” The inclusive words softened his heart.
Change of Heart
For many years Mano was strongly against Christianity. He often planned to threaten and attack any pastors or missionaries who might try to share their faith with the people in his village—that included Gospel for Asia-supported pastor Jakim.
When Mano heard of a church being constructed near his house, he became alarmed. Mano approached Pastor Jakim and firmly questioned why he was building a church, and who were the people helping him.
Pastor Jakim replied gently, “You can also come and pray to Jesus. It is open to all people.”
The tension in Mano’s heart melted away as hope welled up inside.
Glimmer of Hope
Mano’s troubles had consumed his life. It seemed no matter how hard he worked, he could never make enough money to provide for his family. He didn’t even have enough to send his son Kadri, who had been suffering for six years from an unexplained illness, to the hospital. It grieved him to see Kadri so sick, but he was completely powerless to help him.
Seeing the love and reception that Pastor Jakim displayed inspired Mano to ask him to pray for his son’s healing. He knew that this man truly cared.
Testimony of Healing
Pastor Jakim visited Mano’s home and fully explained the great love and healing that Christ has to offer, and he shared Scriptures about Jesus healing the sick. Jakim prayed for Kadri earnestly and encouraged Mano in the Lord. By God’s faithfulness and grace, Kadri was healed! Because of the testimony of Kadri’s healing, Mano and his wife understood the love of the Lord.
Discovering God’s love through a church building, open “for everyone,” changed Mano’s life. The beauty of Christ was revealed to him as he witnessed that Jesus had come to save all, and everyone is welcome to embrace His love. The church building now stands as a place of worship and prayer open to all who pass by. Mano and his family now worship the Lord together in the church that he once opposed.