It takes a village to raise a child. This came true to Wakil and Roopa who had never heard of Christ. Sheetal Anns Philips narrates their story and how the Pro-Life ministry in Bangalore became a village to raise their triplets!
Wakil Mahto and his wife Roopa Devi hails from a poor family in Bhagalpur, Bihar, where people don’t even know about the existence of Christianity. They have settled in Bangalore for Wakil’s job. Back in 2011, they were faced with some tough decisions when Roopa was found to be pregnant for the very first time.
It was a happy news for the couple and their family, until the ultrasound report came. The report said she was carrying triplets. And their gynecologist advised against carrying the babies to term. Her reason: raising one kid was enough of a challenge, imagine three! Wakil’s monthly salary was a mere Rs 5000(USD90) and with the already existing financial difficulties, raising three kids seemed like a scary prospect to them. Wakil and Roopa consulted multiple doctors and got the same advice, abort the babies. Roopa’s sister who had been married for many years didn’t have a baby yet and Roopa didn’t want to end what her sister couldn’t have.
Amidst such extreme stress, the couple decided to consult another doctor. When they were losing hope, God revealed His perfect plan for them and the little ones. The doctor didn’t ask them to abort the babies. She directed them to Deepak, (Bangalore Jesus Youth Pro-Life ministry) who counseled them to keep the babies and offered all kinds of help and support.
God surely works in the most unexpected ways and in His own perfect time. I explicitly remember Roopa saying: “We never knew about this God when we were in our village.” What a planned coincidence! Coincidence? Maybe not. “There is a season for everything, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”Ecclesiastes 3:1
Roopa continued with her pregnancy and had some amazing experiences. During those days, when the sun would be out and bright with its rays hitting the walls of their room, she and Wakil could see the shadows of three babies crawling and playing on the wall. Initially, they thought it was because of some reflection of insects. However, despite of cleaning the house repeatedly the crawling just wouldn’t stop. Soon, they realized it’s their own babies and started enjoying the view and marvel! This continued throughout the pregnancy.
On the day of delivery, while she was still under the effect of anesthesia, Roopa could see herself with divine figures walking around, rejoicing and celebrating. Maybe there was truly a celebration up in heaven for three beautiful angels of God were about to enter this world. It was a great view and she wished Wakil could see it too. And then, there they were; three little, lovely and beautiful creations of God, just like angels. Two girls and one boy whom they named Anushka, Ananya and Aakash. “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” James 1:17
“When the sun was out and bright we could see
shadows of three babies crawling and playing on the wall of our room.”
The Jesus Youth Pro-Life ministry selflessly helped the couple during the delivery and also provided monthly support for a few years in raising these kids, till they were able to manage by themselves. This was their commitment to the family. God in His amazing ways provided Jesus Youth Pro-Life ministry with the required finances to support this family.
It’s been seven years now. The kids just completed their grade two exams and the Jesus Youth Pro-Life ministry continues to help them when they are in need. Wakil and Roopa have invited us many a times to celebrate the triplets’ birthday at their home and it was a great joy for us to be part of these celebrations. Both Roopa and Wakil are grateful to the JY Pro-Life ministry for the mental and financial support, and to the people who helped them throughout, the fruit of which are the three precious lives.
Recently, in October 2018, during the Karnataka Jubilee Conference ‘Harvest’, Wakil and Roopa came with the three kids and in person shared their testimony which inspired many JYs across Karnataka.
The emotions in our hearts looking at their joyful faces cannot be put into words. The God whom they never knew before had now become the reason behind their happy family. It is thrilling to know how Jesus uses us in unknown ways to be His instruments, the impact of which we cannot even anticipate most of the times.
“For, I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Mathew 25: 35-36,40