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  • Larry Bender

Finding Peace After Death and Addiction

Sathvik felt a strange sense of peace come over him. The Pastor Yesuraj had only spoken a few words to him, but they were enough. He hadn’t experienced such peace in what seemed like an eternity.

As he carried the pictures booklet the pastor had handed him, joy filled his heart, and it shone on his face. Sathvik had suffered much loss in his lifetime, the guilt of his past and the agony of his daughter’s death had left a giant hole in the tender places of his heart. When Sathvik met Pastor Yesuraj, he was powerless to help his family, and it seemed life was steadily declining.


Sathvil bad habits had caused his family much grief. No matter how hard his wife or parents pleaded with him to stop hanging around with a bad crowd, their words failed to move him. Caught up in addictions. Sathvil couldn’t stop himself. I was in the pleasures of this world, “Sathvik says” As the days passed by, I became worse than before.” When Sathvik daughter suddenly fell sick, his neighbours said evil spirits were the cause of her illness. So, Sathvik took her to several witch doctors, but her condition only worsened, and she died. Sathvik didn’t know why this agony had come, it snatched away his daughter and every form of happiness in his home. Sorrow consumed Sathvik. Overtime he was able to overcome his deep pain, but then a new kind of trouble overtook his family. Both of his sons started facing problem, Sathvik relates. They could not get proper sleep at night due to fear. Strange power began harassing them, giving his sons nightmares. When the torment affected them in the daytime, they had no rest. We had lost hope that we would overcome this problem, Sathvik remembers.


It was at this point Sathvik met our Pastor Yesuraj. Pastor and his wife serve in Sathvik Mountain areas, faithfully carrying the love of Christ to the people. Pastor Yesuraj offered Sathvik some imaged pictures booklets, which Sathvik received gratefully. Read these, “Pastor sais. “These booklets talk about the love of Jesus Christ. May God’s peace be with you.” The pastor’s kind words, and blessing brought a quiet rest to Sathvik heart. Sathvik step was lighter as he carried home the booklets. He thought deeply about pastor Yesuraj words. I liked his behavior, Sathvik told his wife, “Because he blessed me in the name of Jesus Christ, and I felt a lot of peace in my heart.” Seeing his joy, Sathvik wife encouraged him to read and look at the images of the booklets.


The next day, Pastor Yesuraj visited Sathvil home and prayed for the whole family. Sathvik saw the love and forgiveness found in Jesus and accepted His grace and mercy. Sathvik, now free from his addictions and bad habits, is at peace. Because od Pastor Yesuraj earnest prayers, Sathvik and his family no longer struggle with fear, instead, genuine joy filled his household. I thank my Lord because in the right time He sent His servant to same me, Sathvik says. Through your support, Missionaries like Pastor Yesuraj are spreading the

love of Christ to those living in bondage in the forest and mountain regions. Thank you for partnering with

us to reach those who have never heard of peace Jesus’ offerings.


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