The art of goat keeping
On 9 June, at about 9:45 a.m., a man was riding a motorcycle with his younger son on the back, holding a goat on his lap to be sold in the market about five kilometers from their hometown in India. Another minute or two and they would be in the market; butchers would surround them, clamoring to buy the goat.
He decided to let his son and the goat get down and walk to his regular butcher, and he would ride the motorcycle the rest of the way.
After dropping off his son, the man continued on. He saw a car parked on his left of the road, and was about to pass the car, when the car driver suddenly opened the door. Rev. Baburao Khandare and his motorcycle slammed into the door. He was thrown directly under the rear wheel of a loaded tractor trailer. The tractor driver, hearing the sound, looked back and braked his tractor, dragging Khandare a few feet along with the wheel, badly twisting his back. Khandare screamed, and a gathering crowd began screaming, thinking the man was dying right in front of them.
His son, who was still walking up the road behind them, saw the accident and ran with all his strength to rescue his father. The people pulled Khandare out from under the wheel and rushed him to a local hospital for first aid, and then on to a specialty hospital in Jalna, 25 kilometers away.
Word quickly spread about the accident to Khandare's JESUS Film team coach, Rev. Reynold Daniel, his team members, family members and church members. Many of them rushed to the hospital, where tests showed that he had cracked his hip joint. Khandare was prescribed strict bed rest. The first few hours of treatment were critical because his urine had stopped and the doctors realized that his blood sugar had increased.
"Doctorsaheb told me to be in the hospital for a month. I thought I was going to die," says Khandare.
The entire Central Maharashtra District and JESUS Film office prayed for Khandare.
After eight days, Khandare felt so much better he asked his sons to take him home. They gathered a plant from the woods and made a paste from it to apply to his broken hip, as he had seen other people with broken bones do. It seemed to work.
“I still have slight pain in my back and am not as swift in my movements as I used to be, but I am getting better and better everyday. I am grateful to everyone who prayed and supported [me]," Khandare said. "I am so grateful to the Lord for blessing me with loving and caring coworkers who helped me immediately. It is only by the Grace of God I survived. I long to serve Him in even more effective manner in the days to come.”
Born in 1952, Khandare is the eldest among six brothers and two sisters; two brothers have passed away. He is married to Venubai. He has two sons and two daughters, all married, and 11 grandchildren".
He is a second generation Nazarene Christian who, after finishing school, gave his life to Christ and decided to be in full-time ministry. From 1971 to 1974 he attended Nazarene Bible School in Washim (now part of South Asia Nazarene Bible College), and since then he has been pastoring with the Central Maharashtra District of the Church of the Nazarene.
Instrumental in planting several churches through JESUS Film ministry, Khandare continues to be a pastor of Pimpalgaon Nazarene Church.
- Rev. Rajiv Yangad is the district superintendent of the Central Maharashtra District in India.