1. They both have faith in God.
2. They prayed for children when at an old age.
3. God granted them two children in their old age.
Viagra dealers may be a bit disappointed, as Ramjit claimed, "I didn't take any performance enhancers … I just prayed to go to complete my family, either a boy or a girl," as noted in an interview documented by ABC News.
Raghav had remained a bachelor and practised celibacy throughout his life until he met Shakuntala about 10 years ago.
Genesis 25:19 states, "These are the generations of Isaac the son of Abraham; Abraham gave birth to Isaac”. According to scripture, Abraham was 100 years old when he fathered Isaac and Sarah was 90 at the time (Genesis 17:15-21 and Genesis 21:1-3).
Raghav prayed specifically for two sons: "After staying together, we decided to extend our family and aspired for two sons. With God's grace, our wish has been fulfilled," Raghav said.
As far as we know, Ramjit has not been called to travel to a far off land to found a new nation. Ramjit is a teetotaler and strict vegetarian and he considers both his physical health and faith in God to be critical factors in his ability to father a child at such an age.
Talking about his daily routine, Raghav said, "I wake up at five in the morning and go to bed before 8pm. During the day, I work in the fields and also take 1-2 hour afternoon nap." He added his diet includes around two litres of cow's milk, fresh and green vegetables and chapattis.
For a 96-year-old, he doesn't look too bad! Though healthy for his age, Shakuntala appeared to be concerned for the family. "My husband earns a living by working in the fields. Besides, he gets Rs 500 as old age pension from the state government. This is insufficient to feed our children and family. We hope to educate them and do something good in life," she said. His family could use our prayers. The referenced articles do not mention whether or not specifically clarify Raghav is a Christian, but, based on his comments, he seems to have a general faith that God exists. We can pray that he knows the living God of scripture with clarity and accuracy.
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