In December 2004, a tsunami struck Navodya and Vimukthi’s village in Sri Lanka, destroying their home and all of their possessions and forcing them to live in a refugee camp for a few years. Eventually they were able to move into a government-owned apartment complex for tsunami survivors. Vimukthi and Navodya rarely left their apartment: Vimukthi was ill much of the time and required Navodya’s constant care. Aside from getting groceries, the couple stayed home the majority of the time.
Because they couldn’t work, Vimukthi and Navodya struggled to support themselves, relying on the small amount of money sent by their two daughters.
A few years after the tsunami, Gospel for Asia (GFA) pastor Sandaruwan, who did ministry near the apartment complex where Vimukthi and Navodya lived, visited the couple in their apartment. The pastor prayed with Vimukthi and Navodya and invited them to church. The couple came from a Christian background but had not been able to attend church regularly for quite some time. The following Sunday, Vimukthi and Navodya attended and received a Bible to learn more about Jesus. They felt instantly at home at the church and were excited to study the Scriptures more deeply.
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