Along with his regular job, Durjaya often trekked into the forest to collect firewood to support his family. It was one of these times, as he and two men were loading the wood onto a boat to bring home, when a tiger suddenly attacked Durjaya from behind and killed him. The other two men, unable to save their friend from the attack, ran to safety and gave Sahoj the grave news.
Sahoj lost all hope when they told her what happened.
“What shall I do now?” she asked. “Who will look after my family? There is no one who will support and sustain us in our times of difficulty. How will I take care of my children?”
For the next two decades, Sahoj struggled to lead her family alone, until one day, a visitor came to her doorstep.
The woman at the door introduced herself as Ballari. Sahoj couldn’t help but notice the kindness in the woman’s voice as she spoke. In Sahoj’s culture, society often blames a widow for the death of her husband, whether it happened by accident, illness or natural causes. As a widow, to be treated poorly was not uncommon for Sahoj.
The kind demeanor of this Sister of Compassion missionary comforted Sahoj. The heavy-hearted widow told Ballari all about the struggles of her life. When she finished, Sister Ballari told her something Sahoj didn’t expect.
“Jesus Christ loves you very much, and He will take care of you and your children,” Ballari said.
The woman’s encouragement brought about a change in Sahoj’s life. At that moment, hope replaced her worry, and happiness filled her heart.
Afterward, a body of believers at a church led by a Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported pastor gave her a gift of blankets and started to support her financially. The believers there continue to attend to Sahoj’s needs with a supply of rice and dal (lentils). They even gave her 10 ducks, which allows Sahoj to earn some income by selling the eggs.
Sahoj happily attends this church fellowship and thanks God for His provision. She praises God for using the church to, as she says, “wipe away the tears of widows like me.”