Leper prays as Nepal earthquake rumbles

NEPAL (BP) — Miriam awoke from her Saturday nap on April 25 with a start. Since she was up, the elderly woman decided to start her daily noon prayer time 15 minutes early.

The prayer was made up of the normal requests — asking God to give her husband health; watching over her adult son; tidbits from people requesting her intercession; and asking for her neighbors and her country of Nepal to know Jesus … 11 minutes into her conversation with God, a loud noise cracked throughout the brick home.

“I thought it was a car,” the toothless woman said with a giggle one week after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake. “But then the house started shaking and everyone was screaming, ‘EARTHQUAKE! EARTHQUAKE!”

Her husband came to get her out of the second-story bedroom, but she refused to move. She refused to stop praying. She knew that she, a leper with no fingers or legs, could do more good by praying to God for her country’s protection than going outside to safety. Her husband only argued once, then sat on the floor and joined her.

“I wasn’t scared. Even when people yelled for me to go downstairs, I told them I was staying,” she said, emphatically thumping her well-worn Bible. “God knows what He is doing.”

And He wanted her to pray … so she did. She screamed out above the loud rumbling of the earthquake and the large aftershocks that shook the nation for hours. She shouted scripture to the heavens.

Miriam opened her Bible and shuffled through the pages clumsily with her paddle-like hands. She stopped in Romans and pointed at chapter 8, verse 28:

“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” (HCSB)

This verse spurred her on to pray over and over — not just during the quake; but even now. This verse proved that God had a plan for her, even in this moment.

The elderly woman’s faced crinkled up and her eyes shone bright with tears. She took a deep breath, wiped a tear and explained, “I’m not scared. Other people do not have a house. They do not have food. I’m sad for them.”

Tears flowed freely now. “I knew that if I died, I would be with my Savior, but if they died, they would never have the chance to hear about Him. So, I prayed for the protection of the masses.

“People lost their house. Family members died. They have no peace,” she said, thumping her heart. “They have no eternal hope … so I pray.”

You can join Miriam in praying for Nepal and the survivors of the earthquake:

1. Pray for those who have lost their homes. Officials estimate close to 80 percent of homes built in Nepal are not “earthquake ready.” They are made out of mud bricks and many crumbled, especially out in the mountain villages. Miriam prays that these will not only rebuild but also find a new home in heaven.

2. Pray for the farmers. It’s planting season. If they can’t get crops planted now, the entire country will suffer with a food shortage next year. Thank God for the sacrificial giving in providing immediate food to make up for what was lost. Miriam prays that the farmers will be able to take care of their homes, families and still get their crops planted in time.

3. Pray for the people of Nepal to know Jesus as their Savior. Only 1 percent of Nepal’s 28.8 million are followers of Christ; the rest adhere mostly to Hinduism. Following this disaster, doors are wide open for local Christians and international Christian volunteers to share. Miriam prays for boldness of the local believers. She also prays for eyes and hearts to open as they see and hear the love of Jesus.

See Miriam tell her story:

Originally published at www.bpnews.net on May 7, 2015.

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