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New Member, Male, from North India
LOVE OF GOD CONSTRAINS ME. Apr 9, 2015
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- Missionary - Pastor
- Born in South India - Chennai and saved and became missionary in North India
I am saved by His grace and missionary and senior pastor in North India I am married and I have to two sons
- Born in Orthodox Hindu The Lord raised me from dead today I am a missionary in North India
I was born and brought up in an orthodox Hindu family, where we worshiped idols and gave priority to goddesses. We were very zealous about caste; we used to ridicule people of lower castes and tribal people. We even thought that Christians were also of the low caste. This is why we never allowed any Christians or low-caste people into our home nor did let alone touch them. We had our own isolated puja (prayer) room in our house, which contained 27 pictures of various idols. Twenty years ago our entire family was attacked by witchcraft, performed by our neighbor. Consequently, my mother and I were demon possessed. For example, while we were starting to have our food, the cooked rice turned into worms. Many nights we couldn’t Sleep because we heard somebody knocking at our door at nights, but when we opened the door no one was there. In the morning, we woke up to see all our things scattered about. We approached many magicians to try to get rid of these problems and demons. We spent a lot of money and went to many Hindu temples to offer money and materials. But we couldn't find any deliverance, rather the problems increased even more than before. At last, one Sunday all eight of our family members decided to commit suicide. But fortunately a lady who was serving in a Catholic Church behind our home passed through our house. She asked us, "Why do you look very sad?" As she was talking to my grandmother, the lady entered our home and looked into our puja (prayer) room. Then she said, "In this puja (prayer) room you are keeping many gods, pictures and idols. Did any god died for your sins, except Jesus Christ?" Though we had read some books about Hinduism, we never found any god like Jesus, who died on the cross and who was resurrected from the dead. Finally we confessed that Jesus is the only God, who died for our sins. Then we shared our problems with the lady and she invited us to attend church. Miraculously, our family escaped from committing suicide. We obtained peace of mind but as we discovered later, not full deliverance from the demons. After some time, one of my mother’s colleagues invited us for an all-night prayer meeting at the Church of South India (Madras), which we attended for seven months. But on the seventh month the demons attacked my mother and me more vigorously. Then the pastor told us about confession of sin and salvation through Christ. The same days my mother was delivered, but I was yet to receive any deliverance. My parents sincerely repented and were baptized. We went back home burned all our idols, pictures, etc.
Three months after my parents` conversion, I was again terribly attached by the demons and laid in bed unconscious for seven days. Even my parents lost hope that I would gain consciousness again. But the pastor from the Pentecostal Church prayed without taking a drop of water for seven days and I got life back. Thorough this event, all the rest of our family came to the Lord and since that time our entire family have been devoted only to Christ. All this occurred in 1979.
After that I went on to further study. While I was completing my degree the Lord called me to serve him full time. He confirmed my call through \"AND WHEN DAY CAME HE CALLED HIS DISCIPLES AND CHOSE TWELVE OF THEM, WHOM HE ALSO NAMED APOSTLES\'. I had the privilege of studying the word of God for three years in a seminary (B.D) school at Dehra Dun Uttranchel in North India.
There I received the burden for Punjabis to share the love of Jesus Christ and in 1993, I became a pioneer missionary along with my family. I worked as Project Manager under World Vision in Dehra Dun in the state of Utter Pradesh. I was promoted as Coordinator and transferred to Chandigarh when the Lord spoke to me in 1993 to be a church planter.
Early Ministry (Start Up) Establishment of our church
"Go into the entire world and preach the good news¦ "
In 1992 my wife and I were called, by the Grace of God to go into Northern India, a place where the Gospel had not been preached. I had been working as a project coordinator for World Vision in Chandigarh the state capital of Punjab and Hariyana in Northern India. The Lord put on our hearts to become a church planter. We prayed and asked God to send us to a place where there were no Christians. He led us to a village known as Maloya.
The people of Maloya are Hindu and Sikh. We would walk everyday 18 km(12 Miles) round trip to hand out Gospel tracts to the people. In the beginning we were collecting discarded tracts because the people were not interested. Many people mocked us, because they thought we were there just to have fun and not work.
For one year there was no response. It was very hard on us because we had no family there and no friends. But, we continued. One day a Hindu man stopped us and questioned what we were doing. We introduced ourselves as full time ministers of God. We shared our testimony and the Gospel with him. He was very much attracted to our message and us. He soon shared his problems with us. He suffered from epilepsy. The doctors could not give him relief. He also was in great financial debt. We told him that through Jesus Christ there is hope. That very day, he and his family accepted Jesus as their savior. We prayed for him and he was delivered from epilepsy and soon after was given a job as a cook and got out of debt and was able to keep his home. We then began praying, teaching and counseling them over the next month. Their neighbors tried to discourage them from associating with the Christians. One woman, who was possessed by an evil spirit, told this man and his family not to believe what we were teaching them. So they began to come to our house. They were so amazed at the love we showed them that they decided to never return to Hinduism.
After this, one by one his extended family came to know Jesus as their savior. Many other people in the community also heard of the miracles that happened and came to hear about this hope. In ten years time, we have had the privilege of baptizing 250 new believers from the village of Maloya.
Our church has grown so much that we are in need of expanding building. Currently we are having a very small building to hold our services. By the grace of God from our own church we raised three servants of God, those who had been saved from Hindu community through our ministry from Maloya and sent them to different parts of Punjab
There are five Sunday school centers have been established and VBS also being conducted every year June. Also, we have a day care home for poor children where children are collected from streets and poor homes etc and given a meal and education without collecting any money from this poor community. These are the channels been used to drawn adults and children for Christ Kingdom in this persecuting area for Christianity. In spite of every hurdles and opposition for Gospel the Kingdom of God is extending by preaching and teaching and seminars and Sunday Schools (WE HAVE ESTABLISHED SO FAR 6 CENTERS WITH 60 CHILDREN IN EACH CENTER) etc.
These are the testimonies of how the Lord wrought His miracle power in the life
and ministry of my wife and I while we were planting a church in a village known as Maloya, chandigarh North India:
"Is there anything hard for the Lord"? , "Is there anything too hard for Me"?
, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God",.
First MIRACLE: Transportation
In 1993 we started a ministry in Maloya village - We had to walk 18Km every day to get there from our home. One Sunday we walked along as we always did
with my older son Sam (6 months). We had to leave our house at 7am to reach Maloya by about 10 am since we had no transportation of our own.
When we arrived at Maloya we discovered that the house we had hired was empty- not a single person was there! We spread out a carpet and on our
knees we prayed, worshiped and sang to the Lord. I began to share from the Word as if there were more people there than just my wife and six month old son, Sam. We put our offering into the offering box. After the service we went to leave.
We hadn't ate or drank all day so we decided to head home to prepare some rice and grains. The weather was so hot though and my son was getting restless so we decided to take a rickshaw. Normally the Rickshaw puller would ask 20 Rupees for this journey but by faith we asked one rickshaw puller
how much it would cost to bring us to home sector 44c from Maloya village
and he asked for only 8 Rupees(0.16754 cents USD)! This was exactly what we had in our hands! We were so surprised we asked the Rickshaw puller three times but He said , Yes sir every time. Again, it was shocking and surprising to us and we praised God when he brought us to home for Rs.8 instead of Rs.20. Praise the Lord!!!! It was first miracle that he did in our ministry.
Second Miracle: Gas
By Gods grace after one year I was able to get a scooter for my family and I to use for our transportation (and for the ministry as well). Some days we traveled as far as 300 KM away! On one occasion, there was a brother from Kenya who worshiped with us who invited me to go his house for prayer after Sunday worship. He had asked me to be there for exactly 5 pm and so after a couple of hours rest I started the journey. However, One and a half km into my journey my scooter got stuck in the mud and stopped!
Then I checked the engine, it seemed fine but the starter just would not turn. I checked the gas. The tank was empty and I had no money at all. So in the very spot where my scooter had stopped I began to Praise the Lord
and ask him for a miracle . All of a sudden, there was another brother from Kenya who was coming to my house to see me for prayer and fellowship and he asked me why I was stopped there.
Before I could answer he said that he came to spend some time praying and fellowshipping with me and so I told him to come in a couple of hours. He said said he was in no hurry and that prayer and fellowship was not the main reason for his visit and that he wanted to give me a small gift. He handed me an envelope and asked me to pray for the gift and for him.
After I prayed he left and returned to his home. Then I opened the envelope and saw Rs.500/- wow!!!! I began praising God and took the money to gas station only 15 minutes away. I got enough gas and went to that brother's house and had prayer with him and he blessed me abundantly. I was praising God and thanking Him!
Jesus is only Great Deliverer:
There was a woman named Muniyamma, who had been possessed by goddesses (demons) and used to tell oracles in Maloya where our church is located.
While we were ministering the Word and distributing tracts we saw her and talked with her, sharing our testimonies. After a month she came to our
church asking us to pray for healing of her stomach pain. Then Daisy and I started praying for her, instantly she fell down on the floor, screaming,and rolling all over the floor in the church, no one present could control
her for about an hour. Then she became unconscious. We continued praying and when she became conscious again, we kept proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and said that she should deny the gods and goddesses and confess her sins and accept the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior. But because she had such a great reputation
in the village for speaking oracles she wouldn't accept Christ. We prayed and fasted for her a week and more.
After a month again she started coming regularly to church but had not yet been delivered from demon possession.
As we were again praying for her, in church, she went into a fit falling down and rolling around breaking things as her body flung about. The congregation started praying with us to seek deliverance of her from demon
possession. After the demons let her up she left without Christ. After another month, the Lord Jesus set her free from the possession. Praise the Lord!
Her family did everything they could to prevent her from getting to church but she was provided with times to make some meetings.One fine day she was cooking a meal for her family, 8 children and her husband. It was about 8 pm, she had cooked rice and other dishes. She
started serving food to the children and husband. Her husband found a tail in the last handful of rice and another one found the head of that lizard. They were all fearful as this lizard was deadly poison! Everyone became scared and wondered, would they live or die? Muniyamma asked the family to call the Pastor to pray for them and after a long discussion, they called at 11:15
pm. I rushed along with Daisy and my older son (Sam) to their house. It was a great joy to see them welcome us in their house. They explained the lizard problem in their food and they were under great fear of death!
This turned out to be a great opportunity for us to share the Gospel with them and
encourage them to trust in and accept the Lord Jesus as their Savior. Immediately the family said that if the Lord gives them life surely they will become His children and they would denounce other gods and goddess. We prayed and pleaded to our Lord Jesus Christ for their lives to be safe.
The next day they all visited our bible study and they accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. This miracle opened the door to her village so the Gospel of Jesus Christ could be preached. This showed all the neighbors of Muniamma how Jesus is all powerful and the only Living God!!!!!!!