Lukhi was born into a Hindu family. Four years after her marriage at a young age, her parents died. She gave birth to two daughters, and soon after the second child was born, her husband died after a prolonged illness. Lukhi raised her children to marriageable age by herself. After they married, she lived alone as her children moved in with their in-laws.
Just as her parents did when they were alive, Lukhi spent her time worshiping idols alone at her home in the primitive village where she lived. Like most of the people in her village, Lukhi did not have much education. The entire village was anti-Christian. If any one came to witness, the ruffians chased them from the village. Those who showed any interest in Christianity dared not reveal their feelings or they too would be driven from their homes.
A Christian pastor came to her village to hold meetings. But since no one came to hear him, he went away. The villagers were so uneducated and ignorant that many lived in squalid conditions. They lacked proper drinking water, and sanitation was unknown. Sickness was prevalent. When people became sick, they resorted to the witch doctor for treatment. No one ever saw him cure a sick person, and those who became sick usually accepted death as their fate.
“When I was an idol worshiper, I had no hope. But when I became a follower of Jesus, my life changed, and I now live a peaceful life.”
In time, Lukhi became sick and went to the witch doctor for treatment until she exhausted all her resources. Her illness lasted for three years. She reasoned with herself that if her fate was to die, it would happen in any case. She literally gave up and wished to die very soon.
One day, Sanjili, a Seventh-day Adventist, went to Lukhi’s village to visit relatives. She saw Lukhi sitting on her cot in front of her squalid house and greeted her. Sanjili asked about her welfare. Lukhi was pleased that someone she had known in the past showed an interest. She poured out her problems to Sanjili. After listening to the tales of woe, Sanjili said to Lukhi, “You need to change your religion and become a Seventh-day Adventist Christian.”
Sanjili told Lukhi about her own experience. “When I was an idol worshiper, I had no hope. But when I became a follower of Jesus, my life changed, and I now live a peaceful life.”
Sanjiki asked me to visit Lukhi to pray and study the Bible with her. At first Lukhi was not willing to listen; however, she finally agreed to let me read Bible passages to her. I gave her some simple medicines, which she used for two days and began to feel better. She called for me to visit her again and pray for her. I visited her every day for a week to study the Bible with her. She is now looking forward to being baptized.
Lukhi has vowed that even if the villagers will not let her stay in their village, she will not give up her faith in God. She has invited some of her people to come to the Bible studies that I am giving. Her village is quite inaccessible, as there is only a path connecting it to the nearest town. But God has opened the door. Finally, the message of hope and God’s love is penetrating Rakso Village.