To help Pastor Philip and his family, a fellow GFA pastor, Bhupendra, lent him a quilt. But the severe weather still took a toll on Pastor Philip's body. He often got stomach ailments, and his joints hurt.
Because his health issues made it difficult to minister in this area, Pastor Philip asked the district supervisor if he could move, so they transferred him and his family to a location where the winters weren’t as cold.
“This place is much better than the village where I worked before,” Philip says.
Although he still faces some physical hardships, Philip is willing to embrace suffering to continue ministering to the people in this region.
A Vicious Cycle
Madur, like many other labourers in his town, struggled to provide for his family in the bitter cold. He earned daily wages by working in people’s fields and gathering firewood. He battled to provide food for his wife and three children; he definitely couldn’t afford to buy warm clothes.
But this kept him in a vicious cycle: With no warm clothing to keep the cold wind from severely chapping his cheeks, knuckles and feet, he couldn’t work for long. If Madur didn’t work eight hours a day, he wouldn’t receive a whole day’s wage—and he wouldn’t ever be able to buy warm clothing for himself or his family.
“It is very painful,” Madur says. “Because of the cracks in our knuckles [and] palms, we are not able to go to the forest and cut the firewood or . . . go to the field and work because it hurts very badly.”