Overcoming Addiction

India

A couple living in India recently made a three-hour journey to say thank you to a radio program producer.

Jai and Parwati are long-time listeners of Words of Hope and Back to God Ministries International’s joint Hindi radio programs. As they’ve listened to and engaged with the programs, they’ve seen God at work.

“I originally bought a transistor radio to listen to songs for entertainment,” remembers Jai. “One day, while surfing the channels I heard a message from Ms. Neelam. She was sharing God’s Word.”

Along with being the voice of some of the Hindi radio programs, Neelam edits the ministry’s magazine and also leads workshops to teach writing skills—which is what she was doing when she first met Jai and Parwati in person.

Jai admits that his life was not in a good place when he began listening to Neelam over the air. He was struggling with alcohol addiction and its effects. Yet as he listened to more and more of the programs, he decided he would reach out to Neelam directly.

Radio producers give a contact phone number at the end of each radio program for just such followup needs. “I called her, and her messages were so encouraging over the phone,” says Jai.

Neelam and other members of the ministry team receive about 1,000 texts or calls from people like Jai every year. Some have questions after hearing the content in the program, while others call to share prayer requests. In fact, the staff keeps track of how many responses they receive on a big board in their office to serve as a form of encouragement in their daily work. But even more encouraging are the in-person visits they receive from listeners, either in the office or at events like the one Jai and Parwati attended.

With the daily radio messages and weekly calls with Neelam, Jai says, he began slowly “turning to Jesus.”

“We’ve been attending the church in our village for three years,” says Jai. “We were baptized.” Attending church hasn’t completely taken away his addiction though. At his lowest point, Jai’s children weren’t talking to him. But today, he shares, “things are changing.”

“My younger children are doing well. They speak to me now,” he says, adding that they have also accepted Christ as a result of their parents’ example.

Jai, Neelam, and the entire Hindi ministry team ask you to pray for Jai’s continued healing in overcoming addiction, as well as for healing of the relationship between he and his oldest son. Praise God for working in this family’s life!