“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NLT)
I still remember the day we brought the little boy of seven into our home. His innocent look, skinny features and watery eyes filled my eyes with tears. Both his parents had left him alone and he was in a paternal aunt’s house. Her son used to beat him for every single reason. As this lady came to the Lord, she shared about this child to me. So we as a family adopted him into our own family. My son may have been 1 ½ – 2 years old at that time.
We gave him our love, met all his requirements, and sent him to school. But he started quarrelling with other children in the school and one day when he was in fourth standard, he beat another boy on his head. And I had to put five stitches on the boy’s head.
Not only that, he also started telling lies and stealing money from home. As he grew up, even though we loved him, we disciplined him; yet he still didn’t completely give up these habits. By this time two more boys of our own were added to our family. Disciplining children is not an easy task. I prayed to the Lord for patience, for self-control, and for the fruit of the Spirit to be seen in my life.
After his twelfth standard, his desire to become rich quickly made him leave home without
informing us. It broke my heart. Still without losing hope, I prayed. He joined multi-level
Business Company. In order to meet his business objectives he borrowed money from many people known to us, by using our name.
But God is a compassionate father and he listens to His children’s cry. He is a God who seeks and restores people who are lost. For two years, he wandered from place to place, trying to find success but failed at each step. Finally, he called us, asked forgiveness and expressed his desire to come back to us. God taught us to forgive and forget. So we received him as the father received the prodigal son back. Then he stayed with us and helped us in the ministry.
When we felt that he was mature enough to take on the responsibilities of a family, we arranged for his marriage, and in 2017, he got married to a God fearing, beautiful girl. Now they are serving Lord in a place called Kurenar in Kanker district in Chhattisgarh, India.
The parenting process is difficult and painful. Sometimes it brings pain and shame to us. But take up the challenge prayerfully, and leave the rest to the Lord.
“Your children can run away from you, from their home, from the Church…
…but they can never run from your prayers! Keep on praying!”