At age 17, Nandar in Myanmar married her husband, who was a bus driver and much older than her. “At the age of 20, I was already a mother of two children, and life was good,” Nandar shares. Her husband was a Christian and treated her like a queen. But, he never told her about Jesus Christ.
“Being a Buddhist, I hated Jesus very much,” Nandar admits. She resented having to go to church and give tithes and offerings out of the family’s income. “To be honest, I grew tired of going to church and found it boring,” she says.
When Nandar turned 26, the good life she had enjoyed was turned upside down. Her husband died in an accident, and she was left with two kids. “So, I started to do tailoring work and sold food in the market. Money was so hard to come by. I worked really hard and made sure that I could find resources for my kids but experienced dark financial and emotional struggles, and yet I did not think of calling on Jesus for help. I wanted help, but I didn't know where to turn,” Nandar relates. She was so tired that she even considered committing suicide.
At the end of March 2015, a former high school classmate came to visit. She boldly told Nandar about the love of God, the power of Jesus Christ, and how He had died on the cross for our sins. She quoted Matthew 11:28: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." She stated, "Jesus is the only Rest-Giver. He knows your problems and cares for you. Try Him."
That’s when God's Word became alive to Nandar. She recalls, “Almost instantly, I was filled with a faith in Jesus that only God could have given. I had a sudden sense of knowing that God was going to help me come out of my poverty, help me with life's problems, and make everything much better in my life. Then, I broke into tears and started confessing all my previous sins and mistakes I had committed. I repented for all my sinful ways and asked Jesus Christ to be my personal Savior wholeheartedly.”
Nandar continues, “Things began to change inside me. Now, I feel excited to be going to church, and even my kids feel the same thing. Before, I didn't find the Bible valuable. But, as change kept happening inside me, I began to realize that everything I needed spiritually was in the Bible. After that, every morning and evening, many times in between, I would pray to Him, seeking deliverance. As one of us speaks to a friend, I used to tell Him every pain and trouble I had in my life, being honest about all my thoughts and feelings. As a result, I saw miracles after miracles back-to-back in my life. My Jesus handled everything of my life in His own style.”
Nandar saw her life changed from extreme poverty to blessed prosperity. Three months after she became a believer, the Lord provided the opportunity for Nandar to run the grocery store. “Now we don't have to worry for our daily bread,” she notes. While running the grocery at the night bazaar, Nandar met Ye Bo, a widowed Christian gentleman who is retired from the military and serves the government as a municipal officer. They now enjoy a new life as a family, giving praise to the Lord and actively participating in a church planted by Reach A Village ministry partners.