By Mark Ellis —
For many years, Krishnan was known as a “coolie,” and he endured numerous hardships as a manual laborer at the bottom rung of Indian society.
When he was 25, he fell from a tree and severely injured himself. He lapsed into a coma and nearly died from the mishap. But in the coma, as he hovered between this life and the next, something unexpected happened.
Jesus visited the Hindu man, identifying Himself by showing Krishnan his nail-pierced hands. In his state of ambiguous consciousness, Krishnan recalled Jesus touching him with those distinctive hands, which brought healing to his body.
Immediately after this encounter with the Great Physician, Krishnan was able to get up from his bed. His strength had returned; he was completely healed!
Sensing the Lord’s presence in the room even though he could no longer see Him with his physical eyes, Krishnan fell to his knees and bowed his head to the floor. He confessed his sins and repented, telling Jesus he would follow Him as his personal Savior and Lord the rest of his days.
After this momentous encounter, Jesus spoke to Krishnan in a dream and said, “Be faithful unto death and I will give you crown of life.”
At his baptism, he received a new name, George. He married and raised seven children under Christian influence. Sadly, one of his daughters died of cancer.
His only son, Raju, became a rickshaw driver. Living with Raju, he witnessed his granddaughter fall into a river at a dangerous time of the year, when it was running fast and deep. Tragically, the young girl was swept away to her death.
But none of the calamities and hardships faced by George could shake his faith. He still believes the presence of Jesus goes with him everywhere. When the trials came and passed, he meditated on God’s Word and found a strength he did not possess in himself.
This verse from the Old Testament became very meaningful to him: “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls; yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3: 17-18)
At age 86, George is a regular at prayer meetings with his well-worn Bible, which he is able to read without the aid of spectacles. He visits his neighbors to pray for them and he also distributes gospel tracts on behalf of Paul Ciniraj Ministries.
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