Susanna is a Jesus for Asia Bible Worker in India. She takes care of the Adventist churches in two villages that would have closed without her. The leaders in one village hate her because every time she makes a new friend, someone new gives their life to Jesus. They told the villagers not to trust her. “She doesn’t care about you; she doesn’t want to be your friend; all she wants to do is change your religion.”
Susanna did not let their lies stop her. She did love these people, and she wanted to share with them that Jesus loved them too and died for each one of them. So, she kept praying, and God kept opening doors.
One of the leaders hated her so much that he determined to find her and beat her so she would leave. He would purify his village from all her Christian foolishness.
He went to the church, the market, and even to church leaders’ homes, but Susanna was not there. He searched for many days with no results. Everywhere he thought she would be, she wasn’t. Little did he know, Susanna had prayed for the Lord to blind his eyes so he could not find her – just like the angels did for Lot.
One day, the Lord allowed him find her in the middle of the bustling village center. “You!” He shouted, “If you keep sharing this Bible, this Jesus, in my village, I will kill you. You need to leave and never come back to this place…”
Then, although he was furious at the very sight of her, he simply turned around and walked home. The Lord was protecting his servant, even as the threat of death stared her in the eye.
Susanna trusted that God would protect her. She had much more faith in Him than she had fear of the man who threatened her. So she continued to share Christ with the villagers.
Little did she know how God would arrange events to bring this man to be a friend!
And now, the rest of the story…
The following Sabbath, the man came to the church, ready to carry out his threat. But once again, she wasn’t there. The bus she rode to church each week was running late. The man decided it wasn’t worth the wait and stalked home, still fuming.