Let me introduce you to Biswas. He is 5 yrs old. But he’s not like most 5 year olds. Biswas can’t speak or communicate, he struggles to walk, and his teeth prevent him from eating any solid food. Biswas has been born into a society that doesn’t just disrespect individuals born with special needs, but actually believes that their disabilities are a sign of a curse on the family. In a country where over 80% of the population is Hindu, mothers and their disabled babies are often completely disowned by their families due to this superstition.
But little Biswas was born into a Christian family. And even before his birth, God began revealing what an incredible plan he has for this child’s life. Even during his 5 short years, God has used Biswas countless times to display His love, faithfulness and power to people in Nepal.
Neesha was filled with fear and dread when the doctor told her that her unborn baby would be born with severe developmental disabilities. Neesha and her husband were Christians living in a predominantly Hindu neighborhood. She knew the stares and rude comments she would receive if she were to go out with a disabled child. She knew that it would be a struggle to care for a child with special needs with so little support available. Neesha began to feel overwhelmed by the army facing her. She even planned to take her own life…
A few weeks later however, Biswas was born. Immediately the critical nature of his condition became evident. He was born with twice the volume of blood as normal, suffered severe meningitis and digestive issues. He was also both blind and deaf.
Neesha didn’t understand why she seemed to be up against such a powerful army.
Throughout all the hardships, Neesha remained obedient to God in prayer. When the doctors told her that Biswas had been born with too much blood, her response was to fast and pray together with her women’s group. And God healed her son. The doctors were astounded.
When it became evident that Biswas was suffering with meningitis, Neesha cried out to God in prayer, and her son was healed. The doctors simply couldn’t explain it.
When a doctor told Neesha that her son was blind and would never be able to see, she went home and prayed. When she returned to the hospital the following day, carrying little Biswas, her child with perfect vision, the doctor was speechless.
And when another doctor informed Neesha that Biswas was completely deaf, she went home rejoicing. She praised God for making her son deaf, because she knew that God would perform a miracle to lead this doctor to faith in Christ. And what do you think happened? You guessed it; Biswas’s hearing today is perfect!
I had the privilege of being predominantly responsible for Biswas in my class at a Special School in Nepal where I volunteered 3 days a week. And I can tell you that he truly is a little blessing. He grins and makes clicking noises, clapping his hands. He is fascinated by the simplest of things and is completely content to just watch the other kids in the class all day long. Oh, and he adores the camera!
It upsets me and angers me to think of how negatively strangers view and judge Biswas when they pass him in the street. God truly calls the unexpected to further His kingdom. God is working so incredibly powerfully through this little boy who can’t speak.
It was so amazing to get to know Neesha and Biswas, we’d be a the bus stop and she’d come and tell me of another answer to prayer, or what God had told her that week. She really inspired and encouraged me to be persistent in prayer and to trust in his faithfulness when things were difficult. God is faithful when it seems like stuff is impossible. Sometimes I find when I read Bible passages about huge battles, or some of the Psalms where David is talking about being up against his enemies and I think, I don’t have thousands of soldiers on my doorstep. But if you replace the word army with things like stress, fear, anxiety, depression, money troubles, family issues, exams, illness, future uncertainty, work problems. What armies are you up against in your life today? Are we willing to trust, to let go, to ask God help us to trust Him? Because he can and will use you to do the most unexpected things if we persist in prayer and in trusting his faithfulness.
Disclaimer: All information in this post is true, except I have changed the individual’s names for their privacy