Yesterday was her wedding day. She called us on Sunday excited to let us know that she had picked Monday for her wedding, because Mondays have a special meaning for her and her new husband.
Mondays were the days they had each found Jesus.
It all started back in March, when our team began holding weekly prayer meetings in our community center – at the request of several of the madams and controllers in the area. They started asking, “why don’t you guys pray?” and our response was, “what are you talking about? We pray with you every day!” But they insisted that they wanted a meeting; a consistent time when they could gather together to worship, hear the Word and be prayed over. And if you knew these ladies, you would know that asking for something that requires consistency and commitment on their part is a HUGE DEAL! We had tried setting up weekly classes but couldn’t get them to attend at a consistent time to save our lives! But we decided it was worth a try, so in March we held our first prayer meeting and among the 15+ women who showed up that Monday morning was Prasana.
Prasana became our most faithful attendee, and as time passed she started to stay after the meetings had ended to ask questions. Her searching grew deeper and deeper, and one day she shared that she was asking Jesus to show her the “good road,” because she wanted to “be good” but she didn’t know the way.
In July Prasana showed up early for one of the prayer meetings, and asked us if her boyfriend could attend with her. We had always been strictly a women’s center, so her question caught us off guard initially, but we agreed to allow him to come. We had been hearing stories about Kamal from her for several weeks as he had been living with her at her brothel for over a month; stories of how he would come home late at night, drunk and aggressive, which resulted in heated arguments. Once it got so bad that he showed up drunk and forced her to get on his motorcycle with him and they ended up in a wreck.
But the man who attended prayer meeting that morning was meek and quiet. He was respectful and listened with utmost attention to every word that was spoken. He waited until everyone else had left, and then shyly, with Prasana’s firm urging, asked if our staff would pray over him for his alcohol addiction. We laid hands on him and prayed for his deliverance, and then the two of them left together.
The next day Prasana came bursting into the center to tell us that Kamal had not touched alcohol the night before – even though he had gone out with the same group of friends he would normally drink with. And the next morning again she ran in with the same story – a change had started to take place.
The following Monday at prayer meeting, the couple boldly shared the ways the Lord had been working in their lives, and told everyone that Kamal had not touched a drink for a week. This testimony continued as the weeks grew into months. They began sharing their story outside of our weekly prayer meetings as well; inviting anyone who would come into their house to hear about Jesus and how He was changing their lives.
Three weeks ago they came to prayer meeting as usual on Monday morning, but this time their circumstances were unusual. They told us that they had driven in that morning from their new house that they had rented in a neighboring city, about an hour away. They informed us that they had left the red light district for good, and that they were going to be getting married within the month. The smiles on both of their faces were the most beautiful thing I have ever seen…that kind of joy could only come from the Lord, and all of us knew it. Kamal recorded the entire prayer meeting on his phone, because he wanted to be able to take the songs and teaching with him as they traveled to Prasana’s native village for their wedding. After prayer meeting we gathered around the two of them and our entire staff prayed over this precious couple and sent them out into their new lives.
They called us this past Sunday to inform us that everything was in place for their wedding the next day; Monday. Prasana’s mother was overjoyed that her daughter was getting married, and was happy with her selection of a husband. Her family’s acceptance of Kamal had been one of her most adamant prayer requests since her engagement – and the Lord’s faithfulness to answer yet another prayer prompted her to call us so we could rejoice with her over the good news.
Yesterday was their wedding day. Today is their first full day as a married couple; the first full day of the two of them walking out their story of redemption together as one. Prasana and Kamal have stepped from darkness into light, from bondage into freedom, and from fear into faith. They came face to face with Jesus on a Monday, and their lives were forever changed. They came to know the Truth, and the Truth set them free.