Women’s Fellowship teams visit families like Veenu’s, who may not receive encouragement in their faith from other sources.
Veenu didn’t want people mocking and rejecting him if they found out he was a Christian. So, he never told anyone.
As a poor farmer with several children, Veenu blended right in with the rest of the people who lived in his village. But he was keeping a secret. His neighbors noticed Veenu seemed to always be sick or too busy when it was time for the traditional religious festivals, but no one cared that much.
So when three women, part of a Gospel for Asia Women’s Fellowship team, visited Veenu’s village, it was time to reveal his secret. They gave Veenu a Gospel tract and started to introduce him to the Lord.
Veenu listened to the women for a while and then made a confession: He already was a believer. Veenu explained how he came to know the Lord when another missionary visited him in 1998.
The women were surprised but continued listening to Veenu’s story.
He had been excited about his new faith in 1998, but when the missionary moved on to another area of ministry, Veenu was left with no other believers for fellowship and encouragement. Over time, he grew more and more afraid of the other villagers who were ardent worshipers of their ancient traditional gods. Veenu didn’t want people mocking and rejecting him if they found out he was a Christian. So, he never told anyone. He would make up excuses when his neighbors wanted him to join in their religious observances.
The women’s team members were empathetic toward Veenu’s plight, so they encouraged him from the Bible. As they studied together, Veenu was ashamed he’d hidden his faith in Jesus, but he was filled with gratitude that someone could at last help him in his walk with the Lord. He asked the women to come and help his family study the Bible.
The women’s team started a prayer meeting at Veenu’s house, helping the entire family to grow in their faith.
The instruction and encouragement meant so much to Veenu. He declared that no matter what happened, he would never again compromise his faith in the Lord by hiding his light.