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The Relentless Gospel

09/22/2021 • Southeast Asia

In a rural village in the rainforest of Indonesia, Wina was at the end of her rope. Between caring for her husband in his mental illness and providing for their three children, she was beyond exhausted. Not a single relative helped her, and she had no community supporting her. Life for Wina looked hopeless, and she contemplated ending her life.

But one day in the village, she met a local leader who told her about hope and peace found in Jesus. Wina clung to this good news and without hesitation decided to follow Jesus. Before their conversation ended, the leader told her to always pray in the name of Jesus. 

Wina pondered this as she walked back home and began praying regularly for her husband’s healing, asking in Jesus’ name. A month went by, and one night her husband had a dream where a man touched his head and said, “I am Jesus Christ, the Savior who will heal you.” At that moment he was healed, and soon after, he decided to follow Jesus too. Lives changed, stories rewritten, but God was far from finished.

This is the relentless, unchanging gospel that can restore a broken woman, heal an ill man, bring unity to families, and now possibly transform a whole village.

The local leader who shared the gospel with Wina began visiting their home regularly for discipleship. But soon, Joko, the village leader, noticed these meetings. He was suspicious of other religions, so he started checking on Wina and her husband and pestering them with questions. 

Joko and Wina were childhood friends, so he was aware of her husband’s mental illness, that her family was poor, and she was frustrated about money. But when he talked to Wina, he saw the change in her heart. The peace she had traded for her frustration. His curiosity grew stronger than his suspicion, and he asked Wina about this peace in her life. 

Wina and her husband shared the gospel with Joko, and when he saw her husband was healed from his mental illness, he couldn’t argue anymore. They agreed to meet at a secluded place in a few days—so they wouldn’t draw attention—and talk more about Jesus. When Wina got to the location, Joko, his wife, and their teenage daughter were all ready to hear and believe in Jesus. 

This is the relentless, unchanging gospel that can restore a broken woman, heal an ill man, bring unity to families, and now possibly transform a whole village. The God we serve is always moving, always working, softening hearts and preparing His people to be a light in the least reached places.

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