S. worked as a waiter and yesterday around 4:00pm, his wife of 15 years, S. (32 yrs. old), received a call that her husband was dead. She went and took him to the hospital and was then told by the police that since she brought him, she had killed him. Even though she is illiterate, she was forced to sign documents, relinquishing control of his body to his family approx. 4 hrs. away. The police continue to investigate her for murder, even though the doctors think it may have been a heart attack. S. believes he may have been attacked for there was blood streaming from his mouth. When S. poured out her grief in tears of anguish, the police said to her, “Why are you crying, woman? You are young and can marry another man.” She is required to travel 4 hrs away now as it is a police matter still under investigation.
This is yet another example of the extreme persecution of women in India. We will have more to say about widows in the days to come but for now, we are asking all of our prayer warriors to join us in praying for S., their adopted child, and our 2 friends here, who may experience this as a defining moment in their faith.
Joining you in prayer,
Susan & Jim
PS – We have been astounded to learn that nearly 100 of our friends and family are following our blog every day. It is stories like this one that clarify for us the urgent need for Jesus here in Mahabalipuram. While it is wonderful to know that so many are interested in our experiences, it is stories like this that emphasize the reason we are here. This morning, we are praying and wondering if maybe this is the reason God has called you to follow our blog. Please join in praying for S. and family.