“For the word of God is living and active . . .” Hebrews 4: 12 (NIV)
I met CT at the conclusion of a service at the Tamil Church of the Living Saviour in Toronto. After shaking my hand he excitedly pulled a small dog eared copy of a Scripture Gift Mission booklet from his inside breast pocket and showed it to me. I looked at the title, “Words of Comfort.” He’d been carrying it and reading it for almost forty years!
Later that week I contacted CT and asked if he would tell me his story. There was something compelling about a man who would read a booklet of Scriptures over and over again. This is an extract from his story:
“I was born in 1933 to an aristocratic Hindu family in Sri Lanka.
In 1965 my infant daughter was infected with diphtheria, a disease that attacks the membranes of the throat. She was suffocating and our surgeon wanted permission to do a tracheotomy. My wife broke down crying and prayed to Jesus for her healing. Although I was a Hindu, I prayed with her to Jesus.
Jesus heard our prayer and miraculously healed our daughter! When we arrived at the hospital we found our daughter asleep on my mother’s lap, a tracheotomy no longer needed because her breathing had improved.
The incident made me turn to Jesus and I started to read the Bible. I was baptized in September 1969 at the age of 36 years. That was the year I was given the booklet “Words of Comfort” issued by the Scripture Gift Mission.
We immigrated to Canada in 1994 and have enjoyed being involved in many aspects of ministry. We’ve been blessed to be able to travel back to Sri Lanka and to Australia to share and preach His Word. My beloved wife who has been at my side at all times has been the instrument used by God as I’ve believed, accepted and followed our Saviour, Jesus Christ.”