WILLS POINT, TX – Discover the transformative power of missionary work in dangerous areas through the inspiring story of Arun and Maina.
Crime was an everyday event in the area where missionary couple Arun and Maina lived. Each week, the couple heard reports of women raped and thieves caught. Women faced a lot of discrimination, which made ministry difficult for Maina.
But as the couple got to know the people, they didn’t seclude themselves in pockets of safety. Instead, they found themselves befriending a man who epitomized everything that made the area so frightening.
A Dark Past
Uttal had been in the army for 20 years, knowing well the power his position gave him.
In his younger years, he drank often and spent his free time drifting from woman to woman. Whatever his desire, he demanded local civilians provide it for him. Some chose to stand up for themselves, but the price for crossing Uttal was incredibly steep.
“Because the whole country was under military rules and regulations, I knew each soldier had power over the civilians,” he said. “I, therefore, killed some people—more in the villages—if they did not do what I asked them to do.”
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