A Visual of Christ’s Message

An eight-mile walk and heavy rain were no match for the three men who were determined to minister to the Lord’s people. Pachai, Rahi and Badal were excited to share the film “Man of Mercy” with their neighboring village — but were the people ready to see it?

Rain and Sacrifice

Pachai, Rahi and Badal walked on and on for miles in the rain. The clothes on their backs were drenched, and they didn’t know what would take place in the village ahead of them. Would anyone respond to seeing a visual representation of atonement? All they could do was press in to the Lord and trust Him to stir the people’s hearts.

When the three Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported missionaries finally arrived at their destination, no one was there to welcome them, so they sought shelter in an abandoned house. They had only each other and communion with Jesus. And even though there was no warm reception from the locals, the love these men carried was too strong for anything to deter them from displaying the message of Jesus.

Seeing, Then Believing

Pachai, Rahi and Badal arranged a meeting with four village leaders where they kindly sought permission from them to show their film to everyone who lived in the village. Only one strongly opposed, but he ultimately relented saying, “Everyone will watch, but I will never come and watch the Christian film.”

In spite of opposition from one of the village leaders, the Lord paved a way for them to show the film in a nearby home owned by a man named Rajesh. Rajesh’s little 7-year-old son, Lai, had been sick for months, suffering from anxiety and intense headaches. Before Pachai, Rahi and Badal set up their film equipment, they anointed Lai with oil and prayed for his healing. They also encouraged Rajesh from the Word of God.

Rajesh and his family were blessed by the film about Jesus that Pachai, Rahi and Badal screened in their village. Because of the film and the example of the brothers, this family came to know the love of Christ.

Although the village consisted of 300 families, only 25 people initially showed up for the viewing. Pachai used an open-air mic to explain to passersby the meaning of the film, which grew the audience to about 45 people.

The film commenced, the crowd hushed, and the Lord moved in the hearts of His people. That evening, many villagers, including Rajesh and his family, saw for the first time a visual representation of the Lord’s love and sacrifice for the world.

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Joel Vergara

I’m a computer engineering professional with a passion for excellence and success.