A few months ago, I was at a special convention in Nepal where I had the opportunity to see our Brother Manja share several times. For those of you who might remember, Brother Manja was formerly in prison for almost 10 years under a false accusation. As I sat and listened to him, I was amazed to see God’s hand on his life. But what amazed me even more was meeting his wife and kids, witnessing their profound godliness and learning more about their story.
You see, the entire time their father was in prison, these kids never heard their mother complain. She encouraged them every day, talking about the privilege the Lord gave them to sacrifice their father for the sake of the Gospel.
With so many children of missionaries and pastors, I hear about them getting bitter and upset because of the life of their parents, always asking things like, “Why is God taking my parents?” or “Where is God?” And it is a very sad fact how many of them walk away from the Lord.
The amazing thing was, with Brother Manja’s children, they didn’t walk away. In fact, someone at that convention told me that his son had just started going to Bible college! Despite all that he saw his family go through—or perhaps because of it—he wants to serve the Lord. And his parents never once told him that’s what he needed to do with his life.
I know so many of you faithfully prayed for Brother Manja and his family through the years of his imprisonment, and I want you to know: God heard, and God answered. This family is thriving, and God’s blessing is evident in their lives.
As this year draws to a close, I just want to say thank you once again for standing with us and with brothers and sisters like Manja and his family.
Through your life, support and prayers, many people in Asia are coming to realize God’s love for the first time in their lives, like the men and women you read about in this issue of Harvest. Thank you, and may God bless you.