I am Saparna. I am 35 years old. … I have a husband and four children. … I and my husband take care of the family through farming.
Since I grew up in a [religious] family, I would worship many gods and goddesses and follow the customs of [my religion]. My mother especially had a strong faith in [our] gods. Sometimes she would fast and pray for 21 days to please her deities and receive their favor. Everything was moving smoothly in my family and we had no problems at all.
But in the year 2011, I began to suffer from severe stomach pain. I did not share about this [with] anyone. I thought my gods and goddesses would heal me completely from this small sickness.
But I was wrong.
As days went by, I struggled a lot. I could not bear the pain anymore, so I went to a government hospital . . . After medical tests, the doctor told me I was suffering from uterus cancer.
When I heard this news, I was shocked to the core. I was so sad and heartbroken. So one particular day, I told my mother about this problem. She was terrified when she heard about my illness. She immediately told me to visit the government hospital . . . for treatment. So I went to the hospital with my husband. A senior doctor told my husband that my uterus was totally damaged, and even if I had an operation, there was little chance I would survive. After hearing this, I lost all my hope for recovery. From that day on, I lost interest in everything, and I was just awaiting death.
Brand New Hope
One day a lady named Garati, a Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported Women’s Fellowship leader . . . shared with me about the love of Jesus Christ. That was the first time I heard the name of Jesus in my life.
By hearing about the love of Jesus, I could not control my tears. That very moment, with tears rolling down my [face], I gave my life to Jesus, saying, “Jesus, I love you. Please have mercy on me my life and heal me from this dangerous disease.”
That day I confessed my sins before the Lord and opened my heart to Him.
Prayer and Healing
Garati prayed for me and encouraged me with promises of God, saying, “He is . . . God, and He is going to wipe away your tears. … You will be alright.”
Those beautiful words really comforted my heart. I felt relaxed, as if God took away every burden and tension from my life. …
One Sunday, I visited [a local church led by a Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported pastor. After the worship service, Garati shared with the congregation about my illness. So the pastor and all the members of the church prayed for me. From then on, I began to attend Women’s Fellowship meetings every Saturday, too. There, the sisters earnestly prayed for me. Gradually, I started to recover from my sickness.
Through the continuous prayers of the pastor and the Women’s Fellowship team, a year later I was totally healed. … Only Jesus . . . hears our prayers and stands with us in the time of our failures, poverty, agony, pain, sicknesses and problems.
I am very thankful to my Jesus Christ for giving me a new life to live on this earth and worship Him all the days of my life. … I will never leave my Jesus.