Girl Brings Scandal to Village

For those of us who make our homes in North America we can worship our God without fear of persecution; we can gather freely with our brothers and sisters in Christ without negative consequences being imposed.DSCN5171a
We can lift our voices in song this Advent season and sing praises like: “Joy to the World, Little Town of Bethlehem, and Away in the Manager.” We can slip inside our warm, beautifully arrayed churches on Christmas Eve and sing “Silent Night” while candle’s flicker and wax pools; as red and white poinsettias stand in reverence upon our altars and we celebrate our Savior’s birth.
Perhaps our greatest struggle to worship Christ is navigating snowy roads or finding a parking space. This was not the case for one young girl in Asia…she endured a great deal to worship her King.
The following is her story…
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Hansini steeled herself against the pain of another blow. Soon her body would turn all shades of black and blue, but her attacker wouldn’t be satisfied. He wasn’t simply angry like the others. This man was desperate. At 17 years old, Hansini had shamed the entire village by her actions, but everyone blamed him. Now he was determined to see his reputation restored—no matter the cost.

 

Low Caste Villagers Abandon Religion

Hansini’s village wasn’t much to look at. The people were poor and most struggled for daily survival.

Still, they had some things to their credit: They were faithful to their traditional deities, and though their lifestyles wouldn’t suggest it, they belonged to highly distinguished clans.

Between working as daily wage laborers and scraping together meals, the people still managed to look down on the lower castes. As if their status weren’t bad enough, many in the lower castes had deserted the traditional religion and begun following Jesus, making them even more disgraceful.

Although most villagers wanted nothing to do with the low caste people, however, there were a few who had given up their reputation to join the Jesus-followers. To her family’s dismay, Hansini was one of them.

The villagers were disgusted when the lower castes began following Jesus and meeting as a fellowship.

 

Village Harasses Family for Girl’s New Faith

From the beginning, Hansini’s parents, Badal and Deepti, strictly opposed her new faith, but their stance did little to calm the rest of the village. The teenager had brought scandal to their doors and something needed to be done.

Old friends became hostile to the family, who received no end of scolding from neighbors and extended relatives.

“You have let your children run so free that you cannot even make them obey you,” the village elders told them.

It didn’t matter that their son and younger daughter still behaved respectably, or that Badal and Deepti worked hard every day. Their own beliefs were of no consequence because Hansini’s actions had overshadowed them all.

Despite the village’s protests, Hansini refused to give up her faith in Christ.

 

Family Turns on Girl

One day, Badal couldn’t bear the humiliation any longer. Hammered by the scorn of his neighbors, the man snapped, and he beat Hansini with all the fury and shame he felt. But even as the dark bruises began to show, Hansini stood firm with a determination no one understood.

When her brother and sister begged her to come back to their religion, she just told them more about Jesus and asked them to join her instead.

The neighbors were disgusted, and the family could only wait helplessly for Hansini to relent and clear the family name. After three years passed, though, it seemed she never would.

Christmas Gift Changes Perspectives

One day, Hansini came home with a surprise from her church’s Christmas gift distribution program. It didn’t make sense that the poor, lowly believers could give such a nice gift, but the gleam of the new sewing machine was undeniable. Hansini didn’t waste any time in putting it to use.

She began sewing and selling mosquito nets, and Badal and Deepti watched in amazement as their wayward daughter started earning a significant income. Rather than using it for her personal gain, she took care of her family’s bills.

“Jesus Christ is the giver of all good gifts,” Hansini explained to her parents, “and it is because of the love and grace of Christ that our family is able to overcome all our financial struggles.”

As they looked at what they’d received from the daughter and the God they rejected, Badal and Deepti realized how wrong they had been. Together, they decided that if Jesus could love them while they rejected Him, then they would serve Him no matter what the neighbors said.

And as word spread of Hansini’s success, the neighbors had plenty to say.

Girl Brings Scandal to a Village

The sewing machine Hansini received from her church allowed her to support her whole family.

Villagers Curious About Jesus

After three years of hostility, the villagers weren’t about to ignore this new development. With their objective in sight, they closed in on the girl who had defied them, and they asked her one simple question:

Would Hansini teach their children to sew, too?

The young woman happily agreed.

Today, Hansini teaches classes six days a week, borrowing a second sewing machine from a fellow believer, and hopes to share the love of Jesus with her students.

In the meantime, the villagers have stopped their hostile actions and some are even coming to church, eager to learn more about the longsuffering love of Christ. After seeing it clearly demonstrated through Hansini, it’s not so shameful anymore.

Now Hansini teaches sewing lessons to village children as a demonstration of Jesus’ love.

 

Providing sewing machines and other practical gifts through Gospel for Asia’s Christmas Gift Catalog, you can lift a family out of poverty, and help an entire village understand Jesus’ love.

Blessings, Kasey

 

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8 thoughts on “Girl Brings Scandal to Village

    • Mary, It’s so easy to take for granted our right to freely worship Christ…however, so many do not share this right. You are exactly right…we must remember to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who suffer for their faith. Thank you for sharing. Blessings and grace, Kasey

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  1. A beautiful story. Oh, the faithfulness of Christ to strengthen Hansini! “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-12. Visiting from Strangers & Pilgrims; thank you for sharing this inspiring post. God bless you and give you a very Merry Christmas. ~ Nancy

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  2. What a fantastic testimony, something we all need to hear at any time of the year, thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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