MCML Podcast E62: God Answers Prayer – Interview with Pastor Pongom Part 1
2020 was a year full of challenges as Pastor Pongom attest with the challenges he and his family faced that year. His son, Theodore, was born in 2020 with his lungs not fully developed. The doctors did not see anything wrong but Pastor Pongom and his family still took all the precaution they could. His son’s condition worsened, an infection in his underdeveloped lungs was spreading and no medicine or treatment was working. The hospital the boy was in didn’t even have the right facilities to help him so they had to transfer him to another hospital. It was very hard for Pastor Pongom and his family, especially his wife who wasn’t even allowed to see their baby. All they could do was pray that their son live. He had even offered his life to God, begging that if a life is needed, let it be him and not his son.
His son had to be admitted for exactly one month, being born on November 2nd and coming home with them on December 2nd. God allowed this to happen in order to strengthen their faith and to remind all of us and to confirm His presence, His love and to let us know that He is able to provide. God provided all their needs and, even though many people, including the doctors, thought they were going to lose their newborn son, by God’s grace, He helped them go through that difficult time. Now, Theodore is a very healthy and happy child.
Pastor Pongom realized that this was a blessing in disguise, a reminder of God’s love for his people. During all this, Pastor Pongom had been worried about how they would be able to pay the medical bills that kept going up every day that their son stayed in the hospital when they had no money at all but God did not let them down. He sent men and women, friends and relatives, every day while Pastor Pongom’s church started praying and fasting, organizing a chain of prayer and the church leaders even raised funds. Before he knew it, the medical bills had been paid without him even having to borrow from anyone.
And throughout this all, Pastor Pongom still did God’s work. He prayed for the doctors and nurses in the hospital his son was in. They shared their family problems with him and asked him to pray for their family. He developed a relationship with them, most of them Hindus and Muslims, allowing Christ to be known to these people. God gave Theodore his life for a good purpose, to unite His people. And this challenge showed that his church is a strong church. It doesn’t depend on the pastor and it is filled with people who loved him and his family and took care of him in his time of dire need.
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About Kevin White
Kevin White is a Christian pastor, international speaker, and an international best-selling author. As a writer, Kevin’s newest book, Audacious Generosity, is a best new Christian Book of 2020. Audacious Generosity was an instant international best seller in India and the United States of America. Audacious Generosity is the New Book to Read in 2021. Look for it among Christianity books on Amazon and everywhere books are sold. Kevin’s why for life is to extend access to Jesus to all people world-wide. Kevin loves to motivate people how to encounter the presence of God in their everyday life.
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About Global Hope India
Kevin White is the Founder/Executive Director of Global Hope India, a Christian mission organization focused on sharing the gospel in India and among Indian Nationals world-wide. We facilitate virtual mission teams to India and short-term mission teams in-person in India. These teams empower the church in India with pastoral training, youth pastor training, children’s ministry, church planting strategy, church planting ministry, and medical missions.
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