Rumena lives a very simple life. At 73 years old, she spends most days tending to her garden, chatting with friends, and occasionally walking to the market in her small Bulgarian village.
One day, a pastor and a small group from his congregation came to Rumena’s village. They showed a Christian film and talked about faith and God. They passed out a free Bible study book to those who had attended.
When the group returned the following week to visit the many people they had met, Rumena had only finished half of the book. She could not read it on her own because her eyesight was so bad due to cataracts. She relied on her dear friend to come and read it aloud to her.
The pastor encouraged the women to continue reading together as there were more books to follow. When they read the second book, Rumena’s heart was deeply moved by the God she discovered in the pages. The eyes of her heart had been opened.
Rather than wait for the pastor to return, Rumena called him herself. She wanted to pray with the pastor and ask Jesus to be her Savior. After they finished praying, the pastor inquired, “What would you like to ask God to do in your life?” Rumena responded that she would like to be able to see so that she could read herself. The pastor prayed again and asked for healing of her eyes.
The next day, Rumena discovered that the cataracts were gone and her sight was restored! She still requires reading glasses, but now she can read the books and the Bible she received on her own. She gives all glory to God. He not only opened the eyes of her heart, He returned her physical sight!
Kannika in Thailand was only 19 years old, but her life was quickly unraveling. Her husband was addicted to drugs and physically abusive. He forced her to use drugs as well, and she, too, became addicted. Kannika was so despondent that she didn’t want to live anymore. She felt trapped.
“One day, after my husband hurt me, I fled to my mother's house,” Kannika shares. “There, I met the village’s leader, and he talked with me. I told him about my suffering. He invited me to his home that evening to hear about Jesus. I decided to believe in Jesus. I prayed to Jesus for a new life and asked Him to help me stop using drugs.
“Amazing! Jesus healed my broken heart and helped me to stop using drugs. I have a new life. I can smile again. I now have a job to earn money myself. Thank you, Jesus! If I did not have the opportunity to hear the Gospel, I would not have a new life. I have received salvation, forgiveness from Jesus. I find true peace in my life with Jesus protecting my life. I will follow Him forever!”
Duong Mey in Cambodia was contemplating suicide when Phan Sathea came to bring the Gospel to her village. She felt helpless to protect herself and her three young children.
Duong Mey and her husband are construction workers. Whenever they got paid, her husband would go out drinking with his friends. Then, when he came home, he would be argumentative and get violent with his wife and children. Sometimes, he didn’t come home at all. He would stay out gambling and committing adultery. Duong Mey didn’t know how to cope.
She wanted to understand the real meaning of life, so when she saw Phan Sathea preaching in the village, she squeezed into the crowd to hear. Duong Mey told him, “Today, I want to commit suicide, because in this life I have no hope at all."
Phan Sathea shared the words of Jesus from Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." He said that the God of hope was able to fill Duong Mey with all joy and peace as she trusted in Him.
That very day, Duong Mey asked the Savior to come into her heart and take control of her life. She and the children traveled every Sunday to attend church and worship God. He changed her life from sorrow to joy. Whenever her husband was quarrelsome, she kept her patience and did not retaliate.
Eventually, her husband noticed. He commented that she seemed different than before and asked what had caused the change. She replied that Jesus Christ was teaching her daily as she read the Bible that the pastor had given her. Then, her husband asked to borrow her Bible so that he could read it as well! He began attending church with them, and the person he had been before disappeared. Now, instead of fighting, their home is filled with songs of praise to God and words of encouragement to each other!
As a farmer in Cambodia, 37-year-old Heng Sann struggled to support his family due to drought or floods or crops ravaged by insects. He and his family prayed to the spirits, but there was no help. Heng Sann borrowed money from others, pledging to repay both the money and interest, but when his crops failed, he was unable to deliver. As a result, he and his family became discouraged and lost hope.
One day, as the family was discussing their difficulties, a woman approached them. “I have come here to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to you,” she told them. Immediately, Heng Sann responded that he had heard it before and was not at all interested. He asked how Jesus could possibly help when they were barely surviving, in debt, their crops were failing, and they were just waiting for the landlord to confiscate their house and land.
The woman explained how Jesus, the Son of God, was sent to earth to die on the cross for us so we might not perish but have eternal life. She shared many Bible verses, including Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Her words touched their hearts, and every member of Heng Sann’s family decided to accept the Lord as Savior! As she was leaving, she shared Philippians 4:6-7 with them: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Every morning and before bedtime, the family gathered together to learn the Word of God, praise and glorify His name, and pray asking for His help with their problems. Then, the miracles started happening. All of the insects were gone, and none of the crops were lost. Rain came regularly, producing a bountiful harvest. Heng Sann was not only able to pay the landlord back, but had enough left to supply a better life for his family!