When all other attempts at a cure were exhausted, the Buddhist leader asked only for prayers. But he did not know the power of the one true God.
At the end of his rope, this Buddhist leader in India had nowhere left to turn. His daughter lay bound to her bed . . . demon-possessed. Night after night, the tree that the villagers worshipped called to her—beckoning her to hang herself from its branches.
After several nights, this Buddhist leader had come to the end of his resources and asked for prayers from Adesh, an East-West national partner and strategy coordinator in India. Adesh went to the small village and brought with him other Christian leaders. Once this group of believers heard the girl’s story, they prayed to evict the demon within her. When five hours of intense prayer had passed, the demon left her body by the power of Jesus Christ.
Convinced that the tree was the main source of the demon power in the small, South Asian village, Adesh then focused his attention and prayers on it. He said to the Buddhist leader and other villagers, “So that you may know that Jesus is the one true God, we are going to pray against that devil tree.”
On the very next day, the “devil tree” was destroyed in a powerful lightning storm. And God was once more victorious in this small village.
South Asia is seeing rapid church growth—in part because of God’s movement in stories like this one. This region—which includes the countries of India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh—has the highest concentration of people in the world who have never heard the name of Jesus Christ . . . but that is beginning to change.
Utilizing a rapidly reproducing church planting model, East-West missionaries are reaching new people in South Asia with the gospel each day. Please join us in prayer for our missionaries and national partners to see more people follow Jesus every day in South Asia as they step out in faith and obedience.