My parents Mr. Gnanapragasam and Mrs. Lourdu Mary were Roman Catholics, very ardent and dedicated to the Catholic Church. They started their lives together well but later were caught up in a whirlwind of witchcraft, surrounded by enemies who were seeking for their doom. Amidst these circumstances and hopeless period of eight years, I was born. Being Catholics, our home was like a Chapel with human size statues and pictures of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and many other saints. We had ancestral properties in Agaram but they were gone all of a sudden. We were actually living in fear. My mother being a school teacher was unable to go to school due to frequent illness. Having lost all our wealth and health due to continuous witchcraft, we were desperate. My mother was attacked and possessed by evil spirits. There was so much of sorrow and we were in a  hopeless situation. We were told to go to Hindu temples, and to go around the idols for relief which we did. We even went to the so called priests seeking deliverance, but nothing and no one could help us.

            On a particular day when my mother’s leg was to be amputated, we were visited by a  man of God, Brother Samuel. This was God’s plan. He prayed for my mother and about 42 evil spirits left my mother. Previously, our house was haunted by evil and we were as fugitives running away. But by the grace of God, we were set free. From then onwards we learnt the truth that God hates idol worship and we learnt that Jesus is the only way, the truth and the life. We committed our lives into God’s hands. He started leading us beautifully. Real joy and peace came into our lives. As a family, we took baptism in ACA Purasawalkkam. Later after my marriage, as a family we became members of ACA Perambur Ministries.

            I would love to add a wonderful miracle that Jesus did in my life. In 2010,I was diagnosed with cancer. The agony was unbearable. We did not know what to do, for there seemed to be no way out. Then a beautiful thing happened. I felt the prayer of everyone in the family of God. Our dear Pastor and family encouraged and prayed for me continuously. They came over to my place and extended their prayer support and encouraged me with the Word of God and promises therein. My husband and children were always there for me. I was blessed by the Church members who supported me through their fervent prayers in my hard time of medication. Patients around me died of this dreadful disease, but according to   Psalm. 91:7, “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee,” and Psalm 118:17, “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.”  God kept me alive. I was healed by His stripes. I give glory to my Jesus who plucked me out of the clutches of cancer and kept me safe thus far. He has given me strength to be useful in His vineyard and also to discharge my duties. If it wasn’t for the healing touch of my Precious Jesus, I would have been dead by now. I give all glory to the Lord God Almighty for His marvellous touch of deliverance in my life.

SIS. BERNEY ROYAL