God miraculously healed Tanay of his polio through the faith and prayer of believers.

It might not seem like Nikhil and his pastor, Tanay, have much in common. But they both know what it is like to be in bondage. For Nikhil, it was a debt that held him; for Tanay, it was a disease.

Tanay was born into a low-caste family who later accepted Christ. Although his family was Christian, because of the influence of his friends, Tanay grew up worshiping the many traditional gods. When he was a child, he was stricken with polio, which caused his left arm to become paralyzed.

Then one day local Christian pastor visited Tanay’s home. As the pastor was praying for Tanay’s healing, his mother cried out to God, “If You will heal my son, I will dedicate him to Your ministry!” Because of his mother’s constant and passionate prayers, Tanay was totally healed of his polio.

Tanay began regularly participating in church activities and spending more time in God’s Word. He even became a member of the local church where he first accepted Christ. Later, graduated from Bible College and served as a missionary in a small village in Karnataka. Although most of the people followed the traditional religions, through the grace of God 50 people came to salvation.

One of these new followers of Christ was Nikhil.

Nikhil, 35, had two children and attended Tanay’s church irregularly for seven years. But he had yet to make a commitment to Christ. He did not tell anyone, including Tanay about all the problems in his personal and family life, including a debt that he was unable to pay. When the burden of his problems became too much to bear he tried to commit suicide. This happened several times.

Tanay turned his healing experience into a way to share Christ with those in his village.

During one particular church service the Lord convicted Nikhil so precisely that he begged for forgiveness from his thoughts of suicide and accepted Christ as his Savior.

Later, Nikhil opened up to his pastor about the many problems plaguing him. Tanay began praying laboriously over Nikhil’s life. In answer to his unrelenting prayers, the Lord miraculously relieved Nikhil and his family from their unbearable debt.

Now Nikhil and Tanay have a common bond in Christ. Both men have experienced the power of God in their lives and have discovered that reliance on God brings redemption and healing.

Tanay asks for prayer for Nikhil’s spiritual life and his family’s salvation. Also pray for Tanay’s ministry in Karnataka.

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Like Nikhil, others are forced to deal with family debt. Read about the Dalit’s struggles.