The global persecution watch group Open Doors USA recently shared the heart-wrenching story of an Indian woman who tragically lost both her husband and son, and has been mistreated by villagers and family alike for her faith in Christ, but has kept her eyes focused on the Lord and His promises in the midst of her pain.
In 2011, the woman—whose name has not been provided—suffered the loss of her husband. Then, she was fired from her job because she attended church.
In 2016, she lost her five-year-old son from sickle cell anemia.
“I took him to different hospitals for his treatment, but nobody was there to help me, not family members or villagers,” she said. “I had taken my son to the Narayanpur government hospital for treatment, and he never came back home.”
However, her broken heart was crushed even further by how she was treated by her village.
“When I went back to my village with my dead son’s body, no one from my village came to share my sorrow—though, when some believers found out, they came to comfort me,” the woman recalled. “But the villagers were reluctant to give me a burial place for my son.”
“Finally, after [much discussion], they gave me a burial plot far away from the village,” she outlined.
Not only was she mistreated by unbelieving villagers, but also by members of her husband’s family.
“[My] in-laws told me that I am responsible for the death of my son and husband. They threw me out of my home,” she lamented. “My father-in-law said, ‘If you would have taken your son to a witch doctor or temple, he would have been saved, but because of your insistence, he wasn’t taken there, so he died.'”
The woman said she grieves the loss of her husband and son, but is often scoffed at for it.
“When I moan for my lost ones, my father-in-law mocks me, saying, ‘After killing the child, she is pretending as if she is lost,'” she explained. “Villagers and relatives question my faith, saying, ‘Why do you believe in Christ? What do you get by going [to church]? That is not our religion; our religion is Hinduism.'”
She said that she was told that Christians are considered lower caste and “untouchables.”
However, in the midst of all she has faced, she has not wavered.
“When [people] mock me, I remember the word of God and know that my son is alive. He may not come to me [now], but one day, I will surely go and meet him,” the woman said, words that were also spoken by King David after he lost his young son. “I am patient and believe this.”
“I know that through prayer, everything can happen. God will answer my prayers,” she continued. “[Even] after the death of my husband and son, the thought never crosses my mind to forsake the Lord.”
1 Peter 4:12-14 says, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you, but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
“If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you. On their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified.”