By Mark Ellis
Usha belonged to a Hindu family in India. She followed many Hindu deities and made ‘poojas’ in her home, a daily ritual gift to her idols with the hope of receiving a blessing in return.
But after Usha developed uterine cancer and a serious skin disease, her husband left her for another woman. Due to her sickness and unpleasant appearance, many in the community rejected her. Her own brothers and sisters would not let her enter their homes.
In order to care for herself and her four children, Usha was forced to beg from neighbors. Still, she tried to continue teaching her children at home and live as normally as possible in the midst of her suffering.
She prayed to her idols every day for healing, including Siva, Vishnu, Krishna, Ganpati, Ayyappa, Laxmi, Saraswathi. As part of the pooja, she poured out milk, honey, rice, flowers and fruits on her idols. For months and months she repeated her ritual, but found no relief from her health maladies.
Usha applied for help from the government and they approved treatment in a mission hospital, which involved a hysterectomy. Doctors were optimistic they removed all her cancer, but her skin disease persisted, which baffled them.
One day some ministers connected with Paul Ciniraj Ministries visited her in the hospital. They shared the gospel with Usha, a message she had never heard before. Visibly moved, she repented from all her sins and accepted Jesus as her Savior.
“I believe in Jesus Christ,” she openly declared. Everyone in the room joined hands and prayed for her.
Then something remarkable happened. As they prayed, Usha felt like she was suddenly engulfed in a burning furnace. Her internal body temperature seemed to rise dramatically – as if a fire raged within every cell of her body!
She looked at her skin and hair, but nothing was charred or singed. Like Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace, she believes Jesus covered and protected her completely.
“All my sin and sickness burned from my body by the grace of Jesus Christ,” she says.
After this intense experience, her skin disease slowly disappeared. The ministers who witnessed her healing praised the Lord. Doctors could not explain what happened and some described it as a miracle.
Now Usha’s health and strength is restored and she has begun to work with Paul Ciniraj Ministries, sharing the story of God’s amazing work in her life.
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