India: Finding the Truth
The two previous posts told the story of Ritesh, a man in India who could not find peace in Hindu rituals. His search for truth eventually led him to buy a Bible. His story continues below.
“Before I got a Bible,” said Ritesh, “I used to eat and sleep after work. Then for four or five months, I sat in the house and read the Bible instead. But I continued worshiping the idols and there was no change, no peace.
“Pascal invited me to church. I heard that God came into the world and gave His life. That was interesting. So I starting going to church regularly.”
The church was a two-hour walk from Ritesh’s house. Ritesh didn’t want his neighbors to know that he was going to church because he knew his family would be persecuted if they found out. So he took his wife and Kimaya, Ranbir, and Mayra with him, but only one at a time. Each Sunday he took a different family member. He hoped the neighbors would think he was going to the market. “We don’t take the whole family to market,” he said.
The other fishermen noticed that Ritesh no longer fished on Sundays. Little by little, word spread that Ritesh might be leaving Hinduism to become a Christian. Even kids at school found out that Ritesh’s children were attending a Christian church.
“The first time when I went to church, I liked to sing,” said Kimaya. “I had peace in my heart. I used to get angry very much. I had a short temper, and it all went away.”
“I had red marks surrounding my right eye,” said Ranbir. “I asked God, and it was healed.”
During this time, the family was encouraged by Psalm 115. (Read Psalm 115. Why do you think it was helpful to them?)
After a while, Ritesh got rid of his idols, and his family began to worship only Jesus. “Now we are good,” said Ritesh. “I stopped beating my children. I have changed.”
Read the next post to find out how others in their village reacted to Ritesh’s family’s new faith.
(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity, length, and age appropriateness.)