Inside Story: A Heart Full of Thanks

Ujjal is a young man, but a hole in his heart had left him chronically tired and

Image © Rolf Jansson from

Image © Rolf Jansson from

subject to fainting spells. He couldn’t work or even ride his bicycle.

One day Ujjal’s friend Panalal told him that he was learning about Jesus, the powerful and loving God whom Christians worship. Panalal invited Ujjal to a meeting in his home. Ujjal went, hoping that the God of the Christians would heal him. He listened intently as Gopal, the Global Mission pioneer, explained that God forgives our sins if we believe and ask Him.

When Gopal finished his talk, he invited those with special prayer requests to stand. Ujjal stood. Gopal asked what his prayer request was, and Ujjal described his heart problem. Ujjal bowed his head while Gopal prayed. Immediately Ujjal felt an energy surge through him. He told Gopal that he believed he had been healed and that he wanted to become a Christian.

Gopal came to Ujjal’s home to study the Bible, and soon Ujjal, his parents, and his two younger brothers accepted Jesus as their Savior.

The family attended an Adventist church in town, but Ujjal wanted to share his faith with others living in a nearby village. With his heart trouble gone, Ujjal rode his bicycle to the village and began sharing the gospel. He met a man with chronic stomach trouble and told him, “I know who can heal you without medicine.” He told the man about Jesus and offered to pray for him. Ujjal took his pastor and Gopol to pray for the man as well, and soon this man and his family accepted Jesus as their Savior and asked to be baptized.

Ujjal asked the family to open their home to hold prayer meetings. The other villagers had been watching the family and saw the changes in their lives. One by one the man and his family invited their neighbors to let Ujjal visit them and pray for them. As the people learned about Jesus, they began taking Bible studies and preparing for baptism.

Ujjal became a lay evangelist, and so far has led more than 50 people in this village to Christ. He also began working in another village where more people are learning about the loving and all-powerful God and accepting Jesus as their Lord.

Our mission offerings help support the work of Global Mission workers such as Gopol and Ujjal in Southern Asia and around the world.

Gopol and Ujjal and hundreds more like them work as Global Mission pioneers and lay evangelists in the Calcutta region of India.

Produced by the General Conference Office of Adventist Mission.
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