O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me – Psalm 30:2
Just recently I read about the leper who went to Jesus for healing. The man went to Him and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Living with the disease would have been terrible for this man. He would have been separated from family and friends and shunned by his community. When He knew that Jesus was in the area, he had to go and see Him. He went to Him and fell down at His feet. He fell on his face. He had faith that Jesus could heal Him but he wasn’t sure that it was something that He was willing to do.
Jesus looked at this man and was filled with compassion. He assured him that healing him was something that He was willing to do. Then, He put out His hand and touched him. Jesus could have easily spoken the words, “be cleansed” without touching him but He chose do both and immediately, the man was cleansed. It was that personal touch which made the difference for this man who had not had human contact since he got the disease. It delighted Jesus to not only dispel the man’s uncertainty about His willingness to heal him with words but also with a touch. He followed His declaration with action. And that leper went away, cleansed, his life completely transformed.
Like this leper, Sanjushree knew, without a shred of doubt that Jesus could heal her. Sanjushree was just nine years old when she first noticed that her fingers started to curl inward. She didn’t understand why this was happening nor did the her parents nor doctors nor witch doctors they visited in search of answers. The years went by, Sanjushree’s fingers didn’t straighten out and she kept to herself in embarrassment, only interacting with others when she needed to. She was afraid that others might catch whatever she had that was disfiguring her fingers.
At 22 Sanjushree got married and had two daughters, however, five years after the marriage, skin lesions appeared on her body. That was when she realized that she had leprosy. It was difficult for her to live a normal life. Her husband and children continued to love her while some of the people in the community became afraid to be around her and cut off all contact with her. Others, however, didn’t allow the stigma of leprosy to interfere with their friendship with the woman who was kind and helped them to deliver their children.
For more than 40 years Sanjushree lived with a disease which made her suffer emotionally even as she was determined to continue with her life. She worked by making brooms and cane baskets, catching and selling fish, farming, not letting her gnarled fingers and the other symptoms of the disease prevent her from helping to provide for her family.
One day a friend told her about a nearby church and hospital where people with all sorts of health problems were treated. This gave Sanjushree hope. For the first time in her life, she began to believe that she could be healed. It was there that she first heard about Jesus. She was treated at the same hospital that was connected to the church. She attended church and learned more about Jesus. When she heard that He healed people with leprosy, deep faith sprung up in her heart and she believed that He could heal her, in fact she depended on it.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD – Psalm 27:14
Sanjushree waited 20 years for God to heal her. Not once during that time did her faith and trust in Him waver. She held on to her belief that Jesus could heal her. Her trust in Him sustained her during those years of waiting. Then, finally, at the age of 50, she experienced the healing she had prayed for. Like the leper, she was filled with joy. She decided that she wanted to dedicate the rest of her life helping the suffering sick. She could relate to what they were going through and she spent years praying for them and she shared her own struggle with leprosy and God’s miraculous healing. She spoke of His love and through her prayers, God freed people who were victims of spiritual oppression and various sicknesses.
I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee – Psalm 22:22
Before Sanjushree discovered the God who healed her, she tried to separate herself from the community. After she was healed, she couldn’t keep silent. She had to do something. Like the leper couldn’t keep his healing to himself and went and told everyone what Jesus had done for him, Sanjushree was passionate about sharing His goodness with others. Whenever she attended church, she took at least one person with her. She travels to different places, praying for people, helping women to deliver their babies and telling people about the Lord who healed her. God is using this fearless woman to show people His saving grace.
Sanjushree’s faith and passion for helping others and sharing the Goodness is inspiring. She is fearless like a lion when it comes to bringing others to the Lord and on fire for Him. Her story is a testimony that God is still in the business of healing.
Join Sanjushree and Gospel for Asia in their mission to share the love of Jesus and bring hope to victims of this disfiguring disease by giving toward the Leprosy Ministry. Here are ways you can help the ministry:
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Source: Gospel for Asia