by Rashmi Rai, Graduate from Sophia’s Home, Nepal.
My name is Rashmi Rai. I am a graduate from Sophia’s Home and I am attending a course in dentistry in a medical college in Kathmandu. This has been made possible by the sponsorship of someone in Singapore.
I would like to share my experience regarding false teaching. A few months ago, I joined a prayer group led by a young woman whom I had met casually in church. She invited me and some youths from my church, Wesley Bardan Methodist Church, to attend classes to help us better understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit. We met every Thursday for classes and had overnight prayer sessions on Friday nights. For more than six months, I participated in these meetings and it seemed like I was having a great relationship with other members of this group.
I felt that many things changed in my life. I seemed to be closer to God and I experienced some new spiritual things that impacted my life. It looked like I was closer to my family and more importantly closer to God as I spent more time in prayer and studying the bible. I felt that God was the only focus in my life. However, I was blinded to everything and everyone else around me.
During this time, I started to lose interest in my studies. And my relationships with my friends and family also deteriorated. I discovered later that this woman’s relationship with our church pastor was not going well as she had stopped attending church. Eventually, she even left church and started her own worship service on Saturdays. My friends and I left our church too to attend her worship service. At that time, I believed that I was doing the right thing. However, I could not understand the conflicts that were happening. After all, we believe in the same God, right? I trusted this woman who seemed to be mentoring us and I shared many personal things with her. Later, I found out that my friends and sisters were talking and sharing untruths and misinformation about me that were told to them by my “mentor”. Even my family started having wrong opinions about me. At that point, my relationship with everyone was terribly affected and broken.
I started to question myself and the Christian life that I seemed to be living. Our church pastor had several discussions with me and my friends who were in this group. And by God’s grace, my eyes were opened to the truth and I understood that “the truth will always prevail”. Together with some of my friends, I left that group as we discovered that the teachings by our “mentor” were totally wrong. I realised that all the deceptions and false teachings had caused me to neglect my studies, my friends, and my family.
I am re-starting my broken relationship with all of them and especially with God. Also, I am now focusing to do well in my studies. Thank God that He is such a loving and forgiving God.
This has been a life-changing experience for me. It has taught me to be close to God, to always trust Him, and to develop a close relationship with Him. For it is written in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Thank you, Lord, for your patience, love, and forgiving spirit. To You be all glory!
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