Some may remember a woman, Noy, and her family I introduced in May 2013. She was demon possessed and spoke of desiring to eat her infant daughter. After seeking help from many witch doctors, the family gave up and as a final resort, sought the Christians. Caiden and others went to pray and sing at their home for hours over the course of months. We thank God that to this day, over two years later, she is still free from evil control.
However, their problems are far from over. Witch doctors are not a cheap “investment” and this young family went thousands of dollars into debt from her ordeal. Lenders charge daily interest at exorbitant rates and their business was making less than their daily payments. They put their house up for sale for months as well as started a side business with no success. Finally, in November, the village approached them with sad news. If a certain portion of the debt could not be paid off by the end of the month, they would lose their home and shop.
We as church family looked on with broken hearts. No one had the money to help them. We also worried about their faith. Would this shake them and pull them away? As the weeks have gone by, we prayed for and with them and fasted on their behalf.
One of our friends was able to share the story of Hezekiah from 2 Chronicles 32:1-23. He was a righteous king in a line of unrighteous ones. He was mocked for his belief if the living God by a foreign crusading king who pointed to the many previous kingdoms he had destroyed. However, Hezekiah stood firm in his faith. And because of his steadfast belief, God delivered him and his people from the foreign king. Unshaken faith in the face of hopeless adversity was Hezekiah’s example and we encouraged Noy’s family to hold fast to their faith in God as well.
Early on December 1st, Caiden got a call. Our church’s vegetarian restaurant decided to expand and will rent their home and shop. Their house is saved! Praise God! It’s prime property on the main road to the national university, a great location to meet and befriend many new people, to share God’s love and His desire for their health and happiness.
This is a two- fold answer to prayer because not too long ago, the present restaurant was struggling. Closing seemed like a very real option. We prayed it would stay open as a means of evangelism in an unfriendly country. God has blessed and now it can even expand!
God is good. He is always in time. Just ask Noy’s family.
Editor’s Note: As a the year draws to a close Adara and Caiden would like to thank all who have supported their ministry this year. In the coming year, a regular gift monthly, of any many amount, would mean Adara and Caiden have the assurance of your continuing support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter of their continuing ministry to the Tai-Kadai people of Asia.