The MAN in WHITE

Activated - - NEWS - By Ro­hit Ku­mar Ro­hit Ku­mar is a mem­ber of the Fam­ily In­ter­na­tional in In­dia.

We had just fin­ished a pro­gram for 300 teenage in­mates at a cor­rec­tional cen­ter in north­ern In­dia, and many of the boys gath­ered around us. The theme of our pro­gram that day had been the im­por­tance of faith in the face of dif­fi­culty. That had been some­thing they all could re­late to, es­pe­cially the dif­fi­culty part.

A thin fel­low stand­ing off in a cor­ner caught my eye. I could tell he wanted to talk but was too shy to make the first move, so I in­tro­duced my­self and asked him to tell me about him­self. He was from a vil­lage about 900 km (550 mi) away, he ex­plained, and had come to the big city in search of work. He was pen­ni­less when he was caught trav­el­ing with­out a rail­way ticket and was sen­tenced to three months in jail.

“A few days ago,” he told me, “I was sick with a very high fever. All I could do was lie in the cor­ner. I could barely move. I have never been so sick be­fore, and I hon­estly thought I was go­ing to die. I was so scared! I thought of my par­ents and broth­ers back home. I des­per­ately needed some­one to be with me and take care of me, but here I was, far away from home, with no one. I started cry­ing and asked God to please not let me die.

“Just then, some­thing very strange hap­pened. I opened my eyes and a man in white clothes was stand­ing over me. He had the kind­est eyes I have ever seen. He didn’t say a word, but just waved his hand over me and my fever was gone. I felt cool and re­laxed. The man dis­ap­peared and I never saw him again. Would you hap­pen to know this man’s name?”

I looked through the bag of in­spi­ra­tional ma­te­rial I had brought along un­til I found a poster with an artist’s con­cep­tion of Je­sus, and I asked him, “Was this the man?”

He broke into a big smile and said, “Ah, yes! That was the man! What is his name?”

I told him about Je­sus, His won­der­ful love, and His power to heal, and that af­ter­noon the young man prayed to re­ceive Je­sus as his Sav­ior. It was a beau­ti­ful re­minder of how much the Lord cares for each of His chil­dren. We’re never alone.

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