WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA, www.gfa.org) founded by Dr. K.P. Yohannan – Discussing a family torn by alcohol, opposition, and life-threatening sickness, and the legacy from the God who speaks bringing hope in the midst of despair.
In some ways, Oppilmani and Sadhya were typical of many South Asian children: They worshiped a traditional god, they couldn’t afford to go to school, and their family struggled to make ends meet under their father’s alcoholism. Yet for all their ordinariness, their mother, Naomi, knew something about their ancestry that could change their lives—if only she had the courage to embrace it.
An Unequal Union
Before she was the wife of a man who spent all his earnings on booze, and before she was the mother of two children she couldn’t support, Naomi had lived a life that was anything but ordinary in her part of the world. Naomi was a Christian, and her parents were Christians, too.
Naomi grew up praying to Jesus as a friend and reading the Bible to know Him better. Her love for God was so great, it seemed natural that she would one day pass on her faith to her children. When it came time to arrange her marriage, however, such desires were forgotten by her parents.
The wedding was held in the church and followed all the Christian traditions, but at the end of the ceremony, Naomi walked down the aisle with a man who shared another faith…
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