ABOUT THE PARENTS
Vedapothagam, the father of
Gnanamani Ammal hailed from an orthodox Hindu family, and her grand father
was a Hindu priest. Her father was saved when an evangelist stood in the street and preached the gospel. God used
him mightily with signs and wonders. Evil spirits used to fee on seeing him. People in Thiruneveli
District, Tamil Nadu, South India, used to call him Pothagar which means teacher in
He was an evangelist used by God mightily with signs and wonders.
God endowed him with the gifts of healing. One day, he was praying for the healing of some sick people. God was
healing the sick through his hands when he took water and prayed for them, saying, This is the Blood of Jesus Christ. Some
Hindu people created a furor in the meeting and accused him of cheating them through ordinary water. Vedapothagam
took water in a vessel, said, This is the Blood of Jesus Christ, and then sprinkled water in front of them. As
the water dropped on the floor, it turned into blood and dried. On seeing this miracle, many people accepted Jesus
On one occasion, a magician, skilled in the art of witchcraft,
instigated three demons to attack Vedapothagam. These demons arrived in the premises. On seeing
the servant of God, these demons started fleeing from there. As they rushed towards the compound wall of the house,
they faltered and dashed against the wooden gate of the compound wall. The gate was broken to pieces. The enraged demons
returned to the magician and killed him.
Due to his prayers, two dead people were restored to life.
The elder sister of Ammal died and
was laid on the bed for burial ceremony. When the father prayed for her, she was restored to life and asked for water
to drink, to the great astonishment of the people gathered there for the burial ceremony. Like this, the brother of Ammal also died and arrangements were under way for his burial when the father arrived there and prayed
for him. The dead son rose from the dead.
The father led the whole family to the wholehearted devotion
to God. He did not allow the children to celebrate Christian festivals but taught them the significance of these festivals
from the Word. The entire family lived a holy life. The father lived for 115 years. When he died, his face
radiated the glory of God.
The mother of Gnanamani Ammal was Packiam Ammal. She was devoted to Christ
and learnt the Bible thoroughly from Genesis to Revelation. People used to say that even if the Tamil Bible was destroyed,
the same Bible could be restored through the memory of Packiam Ammal.
SALVATION EXPERIENCE AND MARRIAGE
The members of the whole family used to pray by turn during
the family worship time. When her turn came, she prayed. A light from the Heaven descended and shore there and, it appeared
to have engulfed her. As per Matt.5: eight, she saw the vision of Christ. At that time, she was only 9 years old.
After this divine encounter, transformation of her life took place as follows:
always sang new songs through her mouth.
(ii) She always talked to Jesus
and meditated on His love.
(iii) She had unquenchable thirst and desire
to see Jesus.
(iv) Though she talked to others, her was in communion with Jesus.
(v) While praying, prayer emanated
from her mouth instantaneously. While reading the Bible, she had the feeling of Some One explaining the verses to her like
Word was like honey in her mouth.
(vii) While uttering the name of Jesus, she had experienced
like tasking honey. She could not describe this experience in words.
(viii) She could not enjoy any otherworldly pleasure than the divine
pleasure she had from Jesus.
(ix) Whenever she looked at others not
saved, she took long breath and shed tears because of the burn on her heart as these people were bound for hell.
(x) When she talked to others,
she would talk only about Jesus, and could not talk about any other subject.
(xi) If anybody abused her, she had the
urge to tell that person about Jesus.
(xii) She could not read any other book than Bible.
(xiii) She used to gather the children of her age group for a prayer
meeting and preached the gospel.
As a 9-year-old girl, she had the
above experiences. The Lord provided her all she needed and helped her in the studies.
When she was 17 years old, her parents
took necessary steps prayerfully for her marriage with a man of God. The Lord spoke to her about the family of her fiancÚ, This family, though Christian, do not know Me. They live like any otherworldly people.
Whatever trouble they would give you, you have to bear with them and show Christ to them through your life. You have
to win them over with My love. The marriage was held in 1925.
VISION OF THORNS
After the marriage, she was subjected
to indescribable persecutions and sufferings. She poured out her heart to Jesus alone as she was under unbearable burden on
One day, she wept in an uncontrollable
manner when Christ gave her the following vision:
There was a bridge
as tall as a palm tree. The path of the bridge was made of spikes. A barbed wire fence was on both the sides of
the walls. I cannot walk over it because of the spikes. If I fall down while walking with a great difficulty, the barbed
wire fence will injure me. I passed through this strange bridge with a very great difficulty and very slowly, enduring
great pains. I cried out, Why should I walk over this bridge? At that time, I heard a preacher say, You have to
witness this to many people. Then I was comforted through the verses in 2 Cor.1: 4. At
that time, Jesus spoke to me like this:
Jesus, was doing good to all, during My earthly ministry. But the people
hated Me. None of them, who had tasted the good things from Me, came
forward to speak on My behalf. One of My disciples who was with Me betrayed Me. Another
disciple denied Me. You are living in such a world. You have to simply follow My footsteps
with all the longsuffering.