Rakhi, Kunal(8) Karan(4)Rakhi fell madly in love with rich and successful Dr Praveen who promised her the world. Her Christian family advised her against being unequally yoked with a man who was not a Christian , but she paid no heed to that. All she wanted was the love of a handsome, rich and successful man and she got it. Her husband loved her deeply and they lived an affluent life . For Rakhi and her two small boys aged , the world was their oyster.
Their rainbow hued sky suddenly turned black when Dr Praveen fell ill and it was discovered that he was battling the last stages of cancer.
Treatment and chemo therapy could not help him. . But the doctors told him it was too late and he had only a short time left.
Dr Praveen followed another religion and to please him Rakhi had given up her Christian faith, in fact she became an atheist. Her in-laws had never accepted her because she did not belong to their religion.With the last traces of hope gone, Praveen refused all medical help and treatment in order to save some precious money to leave for his beloved wife and sons, he knew that after his demise they would be rejected by his family.
After Praveen breathed his last, his family, specially his father and mother unleashed their pent up anger and hatred against Rakhi and her sons. Daily they were physically and verbally abused. Extreme pressure was applied on them to leave the large ancestral house which they legally inherited from Praveen.
Going from riches to rags Rakhi was left a destitute , penniless widow with a little support from her husband 's savings which they manged to salvage.The cruelty and brutality of her father and mother in law made life unbearable for them. Kunal, the elder son who was then 5 years old called the police 3 times to save his mother who was being violently beaten. He told me he has nightmares that his grandparents are killing his mother.
In the midst of this domestic holocaust, Rakhi 's family came to her rescue. Her mother and 2 sisters gave her moral and financial support (and still do). Friends advised her not to leave her husband 's house but to fight against injustice.
Fearing for their lives, Rakni has appealed to the law seeking protection from the courts. Since then the physical abuse has stopped although the parent 's in-laws are malignantly cruel to the three of them. The two boys now 8 and 4 have suffered unimaginable trauma which has made deep furrows in her impressionable childhood.
With help from her family and against all odds Rakhi managed to do her teacher 's training (B Ed and M Ed) Now she is seeking a job to support herself and her boys.
Two Sundays ago Rakhi and her boys came to our evening Gospel meeting with her younger sister Renu who introduced her to us. Renu is a friend of my sister Sonia, who is visiting me this month. She is very eager that Rakhi should have fellowship with God 's people.
After the meeting Rakhi stepped forward requesting prayer for healing and restoration. We asked them to stay for dinner.
Last week Sonia and I visited Rahki who lives in the old part of the city. We immediately sensed the oppression and gloom in that place. The boys were overjoyed to have visitors and played with Abner (Sonia' s son).
They shared their story of suffering and terror with us. We prayed a prayer of blessing and release for them.
They live in the crowded old city, commuting there is very difficult through narrow sometimes unpaved streets. But the Good Shepherd is with us.
Rakhi wants to sell some old gym equipment which belonged to her husband we are trying to find a buyer.
Please remember Rakhi and her two sons Kunal (8) and Karan (4) in your prayers. Pray for release from the evil designs of Satan, that their faith may grow and they may seek God and his righteousness, for their protection ( their sympathetic neighbours are alert and have said if they don 't see them around for a certain period of time they will inform the police).Pray that Rakhi may find a job.
Isaiah 61 (BIBLE)
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.