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Monday, October 14, 2013

The Esther I Didn't Know

  Qamar Zia was born December 14, 1929 into an Islamic family, one of 7 children, in British-controlled, Madras India. Qamar's father allowed her to be educated in a Christian school. One of her Christian teachers had a profound influence on her. When Qamar read the 53rd Chapter of Isaiah, she was drawn to Christ and believed. This is what she read:

Isaiah 53

New International Version (NIV)
53 Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?    
   He grew up before him like a tender shoot
 and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]
because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.
She had met her Jesus.
Her family soon left India for the newly created Islamic state of Pakistan. Her Christian teacher in Madras contacted a teacher/missionary in Karachi, Pakistan. Marian Laugesen was supernaturally able to find Qamar amongst thousands of refugees that had flooded into the country. She gave her a New Testament bible. Qamar read it in secret 27 times.  Her family eventually settled  outside the city of Karachi. Qamar's family arranged a marriage for her to an Islamic man, but Qamar ran away and made it to Karachi and found Marian Languesen again. She let Qamar work in the orphanage there and Qamar changed her name to Esther John. At 24 years of age in 1955, she traveled to Sahiwal , Pakistan where she lived and worked in a mission hospital. She entered a bible training school there and finished in 1959. She moved to Chichawatni Pakistan, living with an American missionary family, The Whites. She and Mrs. White traveled to surrounding villages, by biciycle, working in the cotton fields with the local women, teaching them to read and sharing Jesus. Sometimes they would live for days in tents with the women. Esther was following her Lord wherever he would lead her.
February 2, 1960, Mrs. White called Esther to the breakfast table. Esther did not respond. Mrs. White found Esther in her bed. She had been brutally murdered. She was 30 years old. The Whites called the authorities. The head inspector said she must have had a lover and that is how the murder occurred. After going through Esther's diaries and papers, He later said to the White's that she did have a lover, She was in love with Christ. No formal investigation took place, the person responsible was never found.

In 1998 West Minster Abbey displayed a statue in her honor along with 9 other Christian martyrs of the 20th century.

And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. Hebrews 11:4,

Someone applied this verse to her, and I find it fitting, by faith she still speaks even though she is dead. although, as believer's we know, to live is Christ and to die is gain!

Thank you Lord for this precious girl, Esther John.


Michelle Reeves said...

I need to read testimonies like this everyday! Yes she is speaking!

SaySay said...

Amen, Michelle. That leaves me speechless. C

Joni said...

What a story. I had never heard of her. Thanks for sharing.

Sherry said...

Beautiful! Oh Lord, make us faithful.

Burlap Street said...

Incredible! Crowns in heaven