Pakshi set out on an arduous journey with one thing in mind: displaying Christ’s love. Her destination was a remote village in the mountains. The dangers of the wild did not deter her from remaining steadfast, but would the people she’d meet receive her?
Dangers of the Wild
In 2010, Pakshi, leader of a Women’s Fellowship team, learned about an isolated village surrounded by mountains. The people had no knowledge of Jesus. And because of geographical barriers, there was a chance this village wouldn’t have many resources available to them.
Knowing she was risking her life, Pakshi embarked on the narrow path leading to the people in this village. She shook off leeches as she walked up a small trail that skirted a violent, rushing river. One slip off this path and Pakshi knew she would surely lose her life. There was a dense forest along the journey that held stories of people being mauled or killed by wild animals. It terrified Pakshi. But in the midst of all these dangers, she leaned into Jesus—her passion outweighing her fears.
Meeting Joyful Faces
Finally, after a day and a half, Pakshi set foot in the village and looked upon the faces of the people who lived there. The community of 150 welcomed her, happy to see someone new. Pakshi couldn’t believe so many people in this place were completely unaware of Jesus and His love for them.
A household of two elderly couples happily invited her to stay with them, and she quickly realized the way people lived here was different than how she lived. Pakshi was surprised to see that everyone in the village, including those she stayed with, would go to bed late and get up at 3 a.m. to do their chores. They were very diligent in each of their duties. Within the first few days, Pakshi also observed that they didn’t know about proper hygiene practices as their children would run around covered in mud.
Pakshi strived to be a blessing to the villagers in whatever ways she was able serve. She helped the couples that had graciously taken her in with their chores and cooked meals for them. She cleaned houses and shared about the importance of hygiene—information the villagers may not have otherwise obtained. The people quickly grew to love Pakshi because she was kind without expecting anything in return.
People Lack Inner Peace
During Pakshi’s two-week stay, she observed a common thread in the community: They didn’t have inner peace in their lives. In light of this, she held prayer meetings to listen to people’s struggles. Their lifestyle was strenuous and their worship rituals did not fill them with joy. Before Pakshi left, she shared with them that Jesus gives peace and joy to the hearts of those who believe in them.
The Holy Spirit moved on the hearts of two people, and they believed in Jesus. Thanks to Pakshi’s desire to help in practical and spiritual ways, an entire village now knows about the love of Jesus and can put their trust in Him whenever they are ready.