Polio left Anika unable to walk. This little Indian girl could only sit and watch as her family toiled in their fields to make a living. Traditional taboos associated with Hindu karma also meant many people avoided her. But there was a local pastor who was different. As a partner with Pioneers in ministry to the disabled, the pastor felt led to ask Anika’s family if he could take her to church.
“She can go to the church,” they said. “She stays home all day with nothing to do.”
Every Sunday, this pastor would pick Anika up, put her on his back, and carry her two kilometers to church. There Anika met Jesus. She found peace and joy. Her parents could not help but notice the change in their daughter’s heart, and they started attending church as well.
Within a year, Anika and her whole family came to know Jesus!
Anika’s story started with a Pioneers missionary who felt called to India. This missionary, who has a daughter with disabilities, has been humbly used by God to empower the Indian Church to confront—in grace and love—a culture that ostracizes the disabled. Today, the result is a network of believers ministering in 375 villages in Northern India.
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