Her name is Thorani. She is 13 years old, studies in 8th standard and comes from a poor Hindu family. Her mother left her and her brother when they were very young. Her father worked as a mason, a daily wage earner. Soon after her father re-married, sadly, Thorani’s brother died. Her new step-mother did not want Thorani so she sent her to live with her grandmother.
Her Grandmother is a staunch Hindu and taught Thorani Hindu prayers and rituals to worship different gods and goddesses. Her grandmother’s house had several idols and there were many Hindu temples in the neighborhood. Thorani followed in the footsteps of her grandmother.
About three years ago, Thorani learned about the Peter’s Club, where David C Cook’s Life on Life curriculum was being taught. Out of curiosity, she attended one lesson and she came back for the second and the third lesson. She fell in love with the stories from the Bible. The lesson God Knows Everything was the turning point in her life. That is when she met Jesus. She found a living God who listens, speaks, cares and loves unlike the idols she was worshipping.
Talking with Anand, one of the programme coordinators, Thorani said,
I did not know that Jesus knew me before I was born. He knew how I lived my life…how my mother left me…my brother died…He knows my work, my worries, my behavior. He also knows how alone I felt. How much I missed the love of my father and mother… Jesus knows my prayer before I even pray.
He is my God and my Savior. I am looking forward to being baptized. I have decided to serve Him.
I still go to temples with my grandmother because she wants to pray to them. I don’t pray to idols anymore. I share the Good News with my Grandmother but she doesn’t believe in that. I hope and pray she too will find Jesus.
Please pray for Thorani and her grandmother.
Thorani is in one of the original J127 Clubs using David C Cook’s Life on Life curriculum. These clubs reach out to orphans in India. Last week, on Giving Tuesday, David C Cook launched Life on Life Curriculum in churches throughout India. Check out David C Cook’s Facebook Live interview with Greg Baird.
If you would like more information about David C Cook’s Life on Life Project, visit www.lifeonlifeproject.com.
Update: In 2018, David C Cook transferred oversight of the J127 clubs to an in-country partner which continues to shepherd and grow this program. By supporting David C Cook’s Life on Life curriculum, you will be helping support this program as well.