For more than two years, Bishr had been working as a witch doctor. People from various villages came to him to be healed of minor ailments such as headaches or stomach pain. Bishr also made and sold local wine. Business was going well, and even though his wife suffered from back pain sometimes, their home life was peaceful.
But one day, when Bishr attended a Christmas celebration, he discovered a joy he didn’t know he’d been missing.
From Christmas Carols to a Redeemed Life
Bishr had heard his nephew Kishore, a believer, speak about the Good News of Jesus before, but Bishr wasn’t interested in walking with Jesus.
Then, one December, Kishore asked believers from his church to come sing Christmas carols at his home. Bishr also went to the event. The songs the believers sang about Jesus, and seeing their good conduct and the fellowship they and Kishore shared, warmed Bishr’s heart. In fact, the love of Christ so impacted him that he said he wanted to leave behind his witchcraft and know Jesus.
Kishore, full of excitement, encouraged his uncle to come to church. A few months later, Bishr visited the church, which is pastored by a Gospel for Asia-supported missionary. Bishr and his wife both made a decision that day to walk with Jesus.
Just as he said, Bishr stopped practicing witchcraft and making wine. Now, when people come to Bishr for witchcraft, he tells them of Christ’s love and encourages them to trust in Jesus. In addition to changing the hearts of Bishr and his wife, the Lord has even healed Bishr’s wife of her back pain! Bishr regularly worships with other believers, grateful the Lord has given him a redeemed life.