Ingi is an Indian girl who received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour in June 1998. She lives with her parents, sister and grandmother. She goes to an English-medium school and has recently i.e. before the start of these faith stories fallen in love with her Saviour once again in 2002. The faith stories narrated below are true to the core and real-life stories. They are meant to inspire you and help you to grow in your love for the Saviour.
Faith Story 1:
It was the year 2002. Ingi was twelve years of age. She was growing in her love for the Lord. Every month she would receive Rs 50 from her mother for personal expenses. That money would be cautiously kept by her for her personal expenses. Like every child her age, Ingi too treasured her pocket money. One Sunday when Ingi attended the prayer meeting, a particular verse caught all her attention.
'Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.' ( 2 Corinthians 9:7)
It was this particular verse. She was in love with the Lord and the fact that God loves a cheerful giver wouldn't just go away from her mind. She desired to be loved by the Lord even more. Her heart moved for the Lord so much that she decided to joyfully give her entire monthly expense as a church offering. Though it was just Rs 50 it was her 100℅. It might not have added much to the church offering but God noticed it. Ingi never told anyone about the offering because she knew that God's Word says 'But thou, doing kindness, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth.' (Matthew 6:3).
Within two months Ingi got an envelope from her friend in the U.S.A. It was addressed to her. When she opened it, she found a letter accompanied by a cheque of 50 U.S. dollars. Ingi was overjoyed. God had not repaid the exact amount. Instead it was 40 times 50, because that much U.S. dollar amounted to Rs 2000 in those days.
Once again Ingi learnt a moral that she would never forget all her life. God had brought her back 40 times over and above what she had sown for His kingdom.
This reminded Ingi of the following verse:
'Every animal of field and forest belongs to me, the Creator.
I know every movement of the birds in the sky,
and every animal of the field is in my thoughts.
The entire world and everything it contains is mine.
If I were hungry, do you think I would tell you?
For all that I have created, the fullness of the earth, is mine.
Am I fed by your sacrifices? Of course not!
Why don’t you bring me the sacrifices I desire?
Bring me your true and sincere thanks,
and show your gratitude by keeping your promises to me,
the Most High.'
It is the heart that God sees and not the money. Money is just a seed that is sown to be multiplied and used for His kingdom. God sees the heart of the person who sows. Remember Jesus said that it is our mind that needs to be kept clean over our physical cleanliness.
Faith Story 2:
The year was 2005. Ingi was 14 years old. A few minutes ago she had walked to a store near her house. She had bought some groceries and was now on her way back home. As she stood near the highway crossing to cross the road, a still small voice within her suggested that she should move over to the left side of the road immediately.
She obeyed and moved.
There was no physical reason for this gesture but just that still small voice of the Holy Spirit. In fact, physical reasons would have suggested her to stay where she was, as there was almost no traffic on the side where she initially stood.
But Ingi chose to obey. Can you guess what happened then?
As soon as she was on the left side of the road, the electric wiring on the electric pole close to which she had stood initially broke down. It collapsed and any person standing there at that point of time would have died from electric shock.
God had saved Ingi. She had not noticed the electric pole behind her. She did not know that a tragedy was due. But God had with His divine hand saved Ingi. Ingi chose to remember this incident for the rest of her life. Indeed, Ingi's God is amazing and Jesus is His name. He beams when Ingi glorifies His matchless name today with such small but amazing faith stories.
Faith Story 3:
One evening when Ingi was 15 years of age she desperately wanted to eat potato chaat from a store close to her house. She had enough money to buy it. But she decided to spend some time in worshipping the Lord. After she was finished with it, she got up to go and buy potato chaat. But a still small voice within her suggested that she should wait for her mother to return from her office. The voice said, "you wait and I will provide it for you."
A few minutes later Ingi's mother returned from her office. Though the scope of her giving the permission was less, yet Ingi proceeded to ask her for money to buy chaat. To Ingi's utter amazement, her mother immediately agreed without any difficulty as she would otherwise have. Rejoicing over this, Ingi proceeded to the little chaat shop to buy her favourite junk food. As Ingi relished the delicacy, she remembered the favour of her Lord on her and how He had provided for her despite the fact that she had money to spend. This also made her realise that worshipping the LORD is something too good and makes amazing things happen because it pleases His heart.
'Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.' Revelation 14:7b
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