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1.1 October . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
1.1.1 The Deal of a Lifetime (2008-10-21 03:40) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
1.1.2 Anand Mahadevan (2008-10-24 08:42) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
1.1.3 Share Your Story (2008-10-24 12:31) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
1.2 November . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
1.2.1 Dr. Srinivasa Bhattacharya (2008-11-03 12:18) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
1.2.2 Sundar Selvaraj (2008-11-05 12:49) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
1.2.3 Sundar Selvaraj (2008-11-06 12:29) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
1.2.4 Nagma (2008-11-06 12:31) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
1.2.5 Amavasikan Perumal (2008-11-06 12:32) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
1.2.6 Sadhu Chellappa (2008-11-06 12:33) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
1.2.7 Sadhu Sundar Singh (2008-11-06 12:34) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
1.2.8 Pandita Ramabai (2008-11-06 12:35) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
1.2.9 Paul Biswas (2008-11-06 12:38) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
1.2.10 Raman Kutty (2008-11-06 12:39) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
1.2.11 Hema John (2008-11-08 13:20) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
1.2.12 A V M Rajan (2008-11-08 13:23) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
1.2.13 Shekar (2008-11-08 13:26) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
1.2.14 Anil Kant (2008-11-08 13:26) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
1.2.15 Sungeeta Jain (2008-11-10 12:18) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
1.2.16 Amar Singh (2008-11-10 12:19) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
1.2.17 Shivanshu Aggarwal (2008-11-10 12:20) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
1.2.18 Aditya Bhadra (2008-11-10 12:21) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
1.2.19 Sister Nirmala Joshi (2008-11-25 12:35) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
1.2.20 Naveen Balakrishnan (2008-11-25 12:36) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
1.2.21 Inderpaul Singh (2008-11-25 12:37) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
1.2.22 Rabi Maharaj (2008-11-25 12:39) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
1.3 December . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
1.3.1 Bro. Anil Kumar (2008-12-12 05:40) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
1.3.2 (2008-12-12 12:43) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Chapter 1


1.1 October

1.1.1 The Deal of a Lifetime (2008-10-21 03:40)

The Deal of a Lifetime


Ask Me to prove I m real, ... that I will do all the things I say I can do,

And then stand back and watch Me come through for you!


I have the deal of a lifetime for you! I started off in Construction and now I ve also moved into Recycling
and Repair. My name is Jesus and I m the best in the business. Here s My free trial offer: I will fix whatever
you most want mended! But before you answer too quickly, listen to this: I mean anything! Go a few steps
beyond thinking of a broken television or your car problems.

Think big! Your health, your life, your broken heart, any impossible situation you re caught in anything!

Of course, it s hard for you to believe My claims if you don t know for sure that I m on the level, that I m
real and ready to back up everything I say. So I m also making you another free trial offer: Test Me! You
can put Me in a test tube and see if I work! And you are the test tube! Just ask Me to come into your life
and change things for the better. If I can t do it, then you can forget about Me and this offer. But if I come
through for you, if I prove to you personally that I m real, think of what you will have gained!

And what do I want from you in return? The only thing I want from you is your love. I want for you to
choose Me to solve your problems before you choose any other solution, and I ll get you to feel like that by
actually fixing each problem you bring to Me. This is not a promise for the future, although I have lots of
those as well. This is for right now, and for each and every time you put Me to the test. I mean it! Does it
sound too good to be true? I said it s the deal of a lifetime! You ll never get a better offer than this and
you haven t even heard all of it yet!

What did you do to deserve all this? Nothing! When you re in love with someone, they don t have to do
anything to get your favor; you want to do things for them. And that s why I want to do this for you, because
I love you! I also have a lot of other unbeatable deals for you, and you can find many of them in the Bible.
But I m no fool; I know you won t even bother to read it if you don t first know that I m real and that those
promises are not just a bunch of sweet words.

So do this one thing: Ask Me to prove I m real, that I am who I say I am, that I will do all the things I say I
can do, and then stand back and watch Me come through for you! I promise you I will do it for anyone who
honestly asks Me. And I promise you this, you will be glad you did!

On to the next step: After you put Me to the test, if you are satisfied with the results, then I would ask one
small favor of you: Pass this offer on to someone else, or to as many as you will. Word-of-mouth advertising
from a satisfied customer is the best kind, and that s what I like. Now that s asking no more than anyone
would when they ve given you a good deal on something or provided good reliable service. And like good
businesses, each time you refer someone to Me by giving them this offer, I ll mark it up to your credit and
I ll repay you for it. How s that for a deal? You can t lose!

I ve been around a long time and, believe it or not, this dynamite offer is the same one I ve always offered.
I m just stepping up My advertising a little to keep up with the changing times. Time is short and times are
changing. Do yourself a favor and try it. You ll be glad you did. And so will whoever else you tell about
this offer, if they ll try it too.

Don t forget, this offer is only the introduction. There s a lot more and I mean a lot more! And it s all for
you and your good! First try this, and then I ll show you some more.

So, ask Me to come into your life and fix whatever is broken. I ll move in with a complete program of repair,
restoration, and even some new improvements if you want them. I have a whole new range of possibilities
for you to choose from. Is that a good deal? It s the best! Try it!

Do it now and let s get started! Just tell Me right now, Jesus, it s a deal! I ll take Your offer. Come in and
let me see what You can do. If I m satisfied with the results, I ll refer others to You!

With love, your heavenly repairman,


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1.1.2 Anand Mahadevan (2008-10-24 08:42)

I was born a Brahmin and am the grandson of a priest whom I dearly loved. I am educated and my current
professional standing indicates that I am reasonably intelligent. I am also affluent and my income would put
me distinctly in the upper middle class bracket. I guess that would make me high-caste, rich and smart. In
other words, I am not a tribal, or poor or dim-witted. And yet, I chose to become a follower of Jesus Christ.

The world would call me a convert to Christianity. I have no problems with that, though I see my
faith more as a relationship with God through Jesus Christ than as a religion. And for the record, I can
truthfully claim that no one financially induced or threatened or deceived me into converting to Christianity.

I am fiercely proud of my national identity as an Indian and I am completely at peace with my cul-
tural identity as a Hindu. I retain the name my parents gave me. My wife, who also shares my faith,
continues to go by her Hindu name. We have two children and we have given both distinctly Hindu names.
In fact, many of my colleagues and acquaintances who may happen to read this column are likely to be
surprised. They have no inkling about my faith, for I generally don’t go about announcing it. But if someone
does ask me the reason behind the joy and hope that is everpresent in my life, I am always delighted to
share it with them.

I write this piece to make one point that my conversion was not a change of religion but a change
of heart. To explain this, I need to go back to my childhood in Chennai, similar to that of so many other
Tamil Brahmin boys like me. My grandfather, every bit the virtuous priest, had enormous influence over
me. I absolutely adored him and as a toddler, always clung to him. He too loved me to a fault. There was
no wish of mine that he would not rush to fulfil. But even in my early, formative years I was unable to relate
to the religion he fervently practiced. Later, in my school days, I once spent my summer holidays with him
in Trichy. Memories of dawn walks with him, for the ritualistic dip in the Cauvery river, cow in tow, are
still fresh in my memory. I learnt many shlokas, some of which I still remember. But I never understood
any of it and none of it helped me connect with God.

When I was 19, a Christian friend with whom I used to play cricket invited me to his house for
prayer. If he had invited me to a pub, or party, I would have gone too. At his home, he and his sister
prayed for me. It was a simple yet delightful conversation with God that lasted all of five minutes. I don’t
remember it verbatim, but they articulated a prayer of blessing on my life, future, career and family. It was
a simple affair no miracles, no angels visiting. All they did was utter a deep human cry out to the creator
God and His only son Jesus Christ. When they said Amen, I felt in my heart a desire to follow Jesus.

It was a faith encounter with God that I shall not even attempt to understand, rationalise or ex-
plain. I simply accept it. It is my faith. It is what I choose to believe. That evening I did not change my
religion, for in reality I had none. Hinduism was my identity, not my religion. It still is.

The Christianity I acquired that evening is not a religion. On the contrary, it is an intensely inti-
mate relationship with Jesus. Over the past fifteen years, I have come to know this Jesus even closer. I
know Him as the pure and sinless Son of a Holy God. And I know Him as a dear friend to whom I pray and
talk to every day about my career, my dreams, successes, failures, finances and even my sexuality.

If I read a good book, watch a good movie (Rock On is terrific, mate), or eat a good meal at a new
restaurant, I would naturally tell my friends about it.In Jesus, I have discovered a truly amazing friend,
guide, leader, saviour and God. How can I not tell all my friends about Him? And if anyone does listen and
he too comes to believe in Jesus, I am delighted. The world would call it a conversion; I call it a change of
heart, like mine.

But I would never force anyone to listen to me, leave alone financially induce, coerce or con him
into believing. That to me is pointless and against the very grain of my faith. But I do have a constitutional
right to practice my faith and to preach it without deception, force or bribery. It pains to see such basic
rights of mankind being cruelly violated every day in this great Hindu nation.

God bless India.

(Anand Mahadevan is the editor of Outlook Business.)

Source: http://www.outlookindia.com
http://www.outlookindia.com/full.asp?fodname=20081027 &fname=Conversions+(F) &sid=5

knat (2008-11-01 09:43:24)

Dear Anand, It is good to know that you are able to connect with Jesus and that you are happy to have had this
change of religion, nay, heart. However, I disagree with you when you say that the basic rights of mankind are being
cruelly violated in India. I believe you mean that people are not being allowed to practice their faith and/or preach it.
If that were true, how do you explain the countless number of churches in every city, town and village? There are tons
of Christians doing well in all spheres of life in India with absolutely no discrimination. In fact, the only discrimination
I have seen is in the convent schools where the people of other religions (especially Hindus) are discriminated against.
This has happened to me in Don Bosco High School, Perambur where I studied and had a bad experience. Also, to
say that money is not offered to convert hindus to christianity is like being an ostrich with its head buried in the
sand. It is quite well known that different amounts of money is offered to people based on their caste and standing
in society. Educated people like you obviously cannot be tricked into accepting a new faith and that is why you have
not gone through that experience. A simple fact is that there is one god above us who is called by different names
by different people. Every religion prescribes a way to reach out to God and connect with Him. To say that calling
him Jesus and going to Churches is the only way to becoming a better person is plain ludicrous. That tells me that
the Christians are patronizing and intolerant of other religions. Lastly, Hinduism does not have one set of rules to say
that the only way to pray is to have these ritualistic dips or chant Shlokas. thanks for your time, -krishna

Sridhar Rajendran (2008-12-03 12:17:04)

Hi Anand, I am a son of Brahmin mother. My real conversion,/ change of heart happened after meeting number of
Brahmin friends at Chennai. I have mentioned their names in my blog www.jesusridhar.blogspot.com. I agree with
your point that as we share the best food we had or good movie we watched, we have to share our relationship with
Jesus to others. This is as good as introduing my friend to you. I think our missionaries should also avoid tempinting
poor people by money. They are not ramping up their project or organization. I think our missionaries should also
avoid tempting poor people by money. They are not ramping up their project or organization. People like you and I
can be the light and salt to our friends, neighbors and the society which we belong. God bless you. Regards Sridhar

Alby P Vincent (2008-12-11 14:07:06)

Dear Sir I would like to get your photograph to be used in the x’mas issue of sunday shalom magazine. could you
please forward it at the earliest. alby@nirjhari.net, pvalby@yahoo.com thanking you alby

Soumya (2008-11-13 09:53:13)

Yes there is only one God. If there is one God, then the way to him is also one. Anand, I have also(along with my
family) have accepted Jesus Christ as the Lord. regards, Soumy Rajaram(nee Benavides)

1.1.3 Share Your Story (2008-10-24 12:31)

1.2 November

1.2.1 Dr. Srinivasa Bhattacharya (2008-11-03 12:18)

”Good morning. How many of you are really happy this morning? I am Dr. Srinivasa Bhattachary. If I
appropriately introduce myself stating my full name it is too long. I come from the 145th direct generation
of Sri Vaishnam Bhattachary priesthood community. Even today, grandfather, Raghu Bhattachary is the
chief priest in Srilakshmaneshaswamy Devasthanam at Ponvanugalathoor. I come from a family background
of priests and today my whole family are Bhattacharyas for the gods who have eyes but cannot see, who
have ears but cannot hear, who have noses but cannot smell, who have hands but cannot touch, who have
legs but cannot walk, but I by the grace of Jesus Christ, have come among you as a Bhattacharya for Lord
Jesus Christ.

At the age of six I wore the sacred thread (poonool) according to the Hindu tradition. I was given
to the Gayathri Diksha, ombhoohu, Ombhuwaha, Om subhaga, ommaha, Omjanaka, Om thapaka, Om
sathyam, Om thathuservdarinam, Om barbudevastimagam, Om diviyayonagam,Om prajothaya, Om
jothirasakam, Om amarthavaram, Om burbosaram. I was sent to an ashramam for my studies. Right from
my childhood I studied the Rigveda, Yegurveda, Samarveda, Adarvarnaveda, Nalayiram Lijya Prabhandtha,
Ethihasa, Purana Ramayana, Mahabharatha, Bhagvatgeetha etc etc in the Hindu mythological subjects
in Sanskrit as well as in the Grandha Language. Once my early education was over in Hindu philosophy
in south India, I was sent to North India, Uttar Pradesh to do my doctorate in the Banaras University. I
went there and did my siromony in Sanskrit and PhD in Grandha. While I was studying in the Banaras
University the destruction of the Babri Masjid took place at Ayodhya. Since I was a Bhattachary and since
I was doing my double PhD in a famous Hindu University, I was chosen by the RSS as their national youth
leader. The objective of the RSS, as you all know, is to stop foreign religions coming to India. They are
especially dead against Christ and Christianity being proclaimed in the land of India. When I was in this
organization as their national Youth leader, my personal commitment was to destroy the mosque then and
there. In those days my faith in the Hindu religion and their gods was very strong and so I went all the
way to France and I peddled a dynamite bomb and I brought it to India and set it off at the tomb of the
mosque, using my personal computer from my cabin. At that time many Islamic fundamentalists came
forward to stop us in our activities. In retaliation our Hindu parishad people chopped their hands and legs
and chopped off their heads and killed not less than 3000 people and flung their bodies into the Sarayoor
River. I recall this, as I was totally submerged into the sinful way of life right from the beginning. That was
how strongly I believed in the Hindu philosophy.

After this incident I was doing the research work in my university library. The research topic that I
had taken for my thesis was ”How will man go to the kingdom of God after his death?” How will a man
reach the Brahma patha or Sivan Narayan Patha or how can we go to the kingdom of God. While I was
going through many books in the library, a very old sanyasi came to the library and called out to me. He
was having a long beard and very long hair. He was wearing only an ordinary dhoti. He called me out,
and giving me a small piece of paper he walked out. I did not know who he was or where he came from.
After he left I looked at the small piece of paper and on it was written the verse from John chapter 3
verse 16. ”For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, for whosoever believeth should
not perish but shall have everlasting life”. The more I read this scripture the more it began to inspire me
in the very depth of my heart. My dear brothers and sisters why did this particular scripture inspire me
so much? The word of God says in John, chapter 1 that the word of God consists of life. I went to all
my gurujis and asked them who is this begotten son. All they could tell me was that the begotten son is
Krishna Paramatma and Rama Paramatma etc etc but nobody told me that Jesus is the only begotten
son. For one month I was desperately hunting for the answer. After one month, one particular morning
I was sitting in my dormitory going through this piece of paper once again. Tears started to gush out
my eyes to know who this begotten Son of God is. Then I heard a voice telling me to read the rigveda.
Upon opening it what I read in Sanskrit was ” Santhakaram purakasayanam, pathmanabam suresham,
vishwakaram&&.mekavarnam&.lakshikanthan&yogikirtham vandal bishnumbam, survalokayika&.” which
means, ”The God so loved the world , that he gave his only begotten Son of God that whosoever believes in
Him will have everlasting life”. When I read the bible scripture in my own Rigveda I decided that even if I
die I must obey this only begotten son and that I must surrender my life to Him.

My exams got over and after finishing my thesis I registered the same with the registrar of the uni-
versity. When the result came, by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ I came first in the whole of India
in both my doctorates. I was invited to Delhi to be awarded the presidents Gold medal in the Indian
parliament amidst all the distinguished parliamentarians. But all this did not give me any joy. Here I was
born into a royal family of Nepal, with my family breeding 13 elephants and having 108 divine temples
across the world where we are the chief priests, having obtained double doctorates and double gold medals
from the president and yet having no peace nor joy in life. The bible says, ”If a man gains the whole world
and yet loses his soul what is the use?”

There was a great vacuum in my life. I still did not know Jesus as the saviour of the world, nor as
the prince of peace, nor as the redeemer of the world and in such a state I found myself making preparations
to return to Tamil Nadu. I booked my ticket on the Ganga-Kaveri express. At Varnasi station I boarded
the train and subsequently arrived in Madhya Pradesh. All the while I was reading John 3:16. Something
told me that I should keep meditating on this verse and I did so till the train pulled into Madhya Pradesh.
The railway staff went for a coffee break and at the same time I heard a voice telling me to get down at this
station. I was wondering why I should do this for I did not have any relatives there. The more I refused to
listen to the voice the more persistent it became. Finally I gave in and got off the train. After a few minutes
the train left the station and I was left alone on the platform. Again I heard a small voice telling me to start
walking. I started to walk. After walking for nearly 3 kilometers I came to a place called Baratpur. Mapier
town in Jabalpur city. The moment I came to this particular spot, where there was a cement arch, I saw
the same old sanyasi who had come to my college library, 800 kilometers away, coming towards me pointing
his fingers at me. Putting his hand on me he said, ”The Lord who you wanted to know in your life is Jesus
Christ. The only begotten son whom you are seeking is Christ. He loves you and forgives your sin and he
is going to cleanse you from all your sinful natures. He is going to give you a new life”. When he said all
that I could not control myself. Here was a very simple man, very old and ordinary, but yet filled with the
resurrected power of the Lord, preaching the gospel to me. I humbled myself and yielded to that saint.

From there he took me to a place called Bidagarh. That is where the Narmada River flows into a
very high velocity. We crossed the river and went to the other side where we could find no human beings
at all. He took me into the forest and he took me inside a cave. With a great burden he knelt in the cave
and opening the bible he started to preach the gospel. He told me how God created the heavens and the
earth, the rivers and the seas, the plants and the animals and how he created human beings. He told me of
the fall of man into sin and how the Lord Jesus Christ came into this world as the Messiah, how much He
suffered on the cross at Golgotha and how he finally died. When I heard all this I could not control myself
for in Hinduism there are 33 crores ( millions) gods. But none of the gods came to die for me and my sins.
But here I found the Jesus came and died for my sins. Even Hinduism says very sincerely in the Samaveda,
”Every man is a sinner and unless he is cleansed by the precious blood he cannot go into the kingdom of
God”. But we find that no one came to shed their blood in Hinduism but we find Christ having done it. I
opened my heart to the Lord and cried, ”Lord I am very sorry . Lord I open my heart unto you. Lord it
was for my sins that both your hands and your legs were nailed to the cross. It was for my sins that you
wore the crown of thorns on your head. It was for my sins that a spear was thrust into your right ribs. Lord
I am sorry and please forgive me Lord”.

The Lord was merciful to me . As it says in the bible ”He that covers his sin shall not prosper but
whosoever shall confess it and forsake it shall have mercy”. Again it also says, ”If you confess your sins, He
is faithful and just to forgive you all your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness”. I did it in the
presence of the Lord. I wept bitterly for all my sinful activities right from my childhood to that day. God
heard my prayers for in the bible it is written in revelation chapter 3:20, ”Behold I stand at your door and
knock, and if any man heareth my voice, open the door. I will come to him and will sup with him and he
with me”. He stands at your door and knocks. It is because when he chooses a son or a daughter for his
kingdom, he has the courtesy to knock. Satan never knocks. For him a small ventilator is enough to creep
in through. Lord Jesus alone can bless. That is how I came to know the Lord. After accepting Jesus as my
personal saviour, He showed me many areas in my life where there was still sin and on my part I confessed
and prayed and got myself cleansed by the blood of Jesus.

I stayed for two months with the old man in the forest. Every morning we used to kneel together
in the presence of the Lord for hours and pray and meditate upon the word of God. After 2 months one day
he took me to the Narmada River and baptized me in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy
Spirit. It is very difficult for me to say everything that happened to me that day. As David says in the 23rd
Psalm, he prepared a table for me in the presence of my enemies and he anoints my head with oil. My cup
runneth over, surely goodness and mercy will follow all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of
the Lord forever. That was the assurance I got. After I received the Holy Spirit, the old man told me ”Now
God has brought you to Judea and then he will take you to Samaria and from there to the uttermost parts
of the Earth”. He explained to me that Judea meant him, Samaria meant my hometown and community.
He told me that I was to go back to my community and preach to them the gospel. I went back to Nepal.

The moment I reached home my parents were standing outside. My father did not allow me to go
inside the house. They said to me. ”We sent you to get a higher education in the most famous university.
You received 2 gold medals from the president of India. After all this you are returning as a poor,
downtrodden, inferior untouchable caste. What happened to you?” They left me standing at the door and
after asking for some Ganges water from the temple my father proceeded to give me a bath as I was defiled.
He poured that water over me. Even then according to them I was still impure for only external purification
had taken place and I still needed internal purification. So he sent another priest to the backyard of the
house and asked him to bring a glass of cow s urine. I was told to drink this by my father. In our family
our father is very revered and in no way do we show any disrespect to him. Therefore when he commanded
me to drink I had to obey. I silently received this and saying ”victory in the blood of Jesus”, over and over
again, I silently drank it. Only then was I allowed to enter.

My parents were still afraid that I might sneak out and join some Christian church in Nepal, and
once or twice without my father s knowledge I did visit a faith home in Nepal. Thus my father started to
give me so much work that I would always find myself to be busy. I was given lot of chores to do, even in
the temple mainly cleaning and washing various idols housed there. All this I did obeying my father, always
saying ”Victory in the name of Jesus”. Wanting to punish me he left me behind in the temple one night.

These temples were constructed 2000 to 3000 years ago and right from the entrance to the Mola
Sarpa Graha, we had to walk not less than 3 km. The ceiling is 100 to 120 ft high and at night there are
no lights as there were no electricity connections. The temple was also infested with poisonous snakes and
scorpions. For many days I was not given any food nor did I have any proper clothing. But amidst all these
dangers I knelt down and prayed, ”Lord without your will I can never be here. I do not know for what
reason you have kept me here but help me to proclaim and lift your name to these people. Lord open the
door where I can proclaim the good news for David said in the scripture, ”What shall I do unto the Lord
who has given me the joy of salvation?” Again in the very next scripture he says,” I will offer to thee the
sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call upon the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows unto the Lord in the
presence of all his people”. The next morning about 60 bhattacharyas came to open the temple early in the
morning and doing so they came inside. I was on fire and at that moment called out to the bhattacharyas.
”Come here. What does your Vedas say about God? What does Hinduism say about God? Who is true
God in Hinduism? What are the characteristics of God mentioned in Hinduism? What does Hinduism
say about how a man can go into the kingdom of God? Who is the true god that can bring salvation to
mankind? For example Om Shri brahmaputhraye namaha- what does this mean? The only begotten son I
worship thee. Who is the only begotten Son? It is the Lord Jesus Christ. Om shri Martha Namaha- the
Holy Spirit of God I worship thee. Who is the Holy Spirit of God? Again it is the Lord Jesus Christ. Om
shri Kannisuthayeha namaha-which means the Lord who is born to a virgin. Om vidyshtayaha Namaha-
the Lord who had the circumcision I worship thee. Om shri Panchkayika namaha- the Lord who had the
five injuries for the sake of mankind. Om shri vriksh shula arudayaka nama vrisha pondha marthil shulathil
siluthayil baliyanavare, umbaye nan namaskarikunen. Who is the Lord who died on the cross of Calvary?
All this is our Lord Jesus Christ. Our God is not a dead God. It is true that he came as a messiah to
this world. He preached the gospel. He cancelled the devils and the demons. He healed the sick people ad
brought salvation to so many people and finally he died on the cross of Calvary, he was buried but he did
not become sand. Om Shri mrithyu nayaya namaha meaning the Lord who resurrected from the depths of
the Earth on the third day I worship thee”. By the divine grace of God 13 people accepted the Saviour.
Out of them 6 took baptism. Today they are strong believers. All this God did for His glory.

Like this I was inside the temple with these people for 6 months and in the meantime the RSS peo-
ple came to know about me and so did the BJP and the Shiv Sena along with a lot of other Hindu
organizations. They came to Nepal and pulled me out of the temple and thrashed me mercilessly. They
fractured both my hands. Today the hand you see is not the real one but an artificial one. In one hand I
have 16 screws fixed in my elbow and steel plated within. They poured acid all over me and threw me into
the streets. They told me that if I preach Christ anymore then they would kill me. My parents asked me
to get out, as I had become a danger to their survival. I was shunned by my family, community, friend and
villagers. At a total loss as to what to do then and there I knelt and prayed to the Lord and asked him what
He wanted me to do. I claimed His promise where He said that in the days of your trouble I will deliver
you and you will glorify me. The Lord told me that along with Judea even Samaria was over and so ”Step
out in My name and I will take care of you”. I asked for confirmation from the bible if God wanted me to
go out for full time mission work and the scripture given to me was John chapter 1:5 ”In the beginning was
the word and the word was with God. All things are made by Him and with Him not anything made or was
made. In Him was life and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness
comprehendeth it not.” ”But as many received Him to them He gave power to become the sons of God even
to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12). Based on this scripture I was convinced that I was truly a
child of God.

Slowly I made my way to the faith home in Nepal. There God miraculously provided me first aid
and a plane ticket to the Bombay Navarathna hospital for treatment. I took complete treatment for 6
months and now I am all right. After that I went back to Nepal once again. My household did not open the
door and they told me to leave. I did not do what to do with my life. There were so many denominations
in Christianity like Roman Catholics, Jehovah witnesses, Marthomites etc etc. All I knew was the Father
God, the Begotten Son and the Holy Spirit. After this I went into many parts of Nepal and interior villages
to proclaim Christ. I was expelled from Nepal for preaching the Gospel. I went to Tibet and from there
came to North India. Finally today I am in South India. Today right from Kanya Kumari in the south
to Kashmir God has taken me to proclaim the good news. Other than parts of India, God took me to
Sinapore, Malaysia, Hongkong, France, Sweden,Germany and Czechoslovakia. I came without anything yet
I lack nothing. When I came into the ministry I did not have any money on me yet I cannot say that I have
gone hungry even once. God provides me with everything that I want day by day. I am also on the RSS hit
list. Ten days ago I was coming back to Tamilnadu from Rajastan and I was circled by the RDD people
and I lost all my properties to them. By the grace of God I am well today.

My dear brothers and sisters all this while you have been listening to my testimony fro the glory of
our Lord Jesus Christ. I request you to get a step closer to the cross of Calvary so that your life would be
blessed more. I also humbly request you to uphold me in prayer because the word of God says, ”He that
has put his hand on the plough and withdraws is unworthy for the kingdom of God” Today you and me,
we have put our hands on the plough of our Lord Jesus Christ. Come what may we must till the Christian
ground to produce thirty, sixty and hundred folds of fruits for the glory of Lord Jesus Christ. Then only we
can boldly say like Paul said ”I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith;
henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give
me at that day: and not to me only but unto all them also that love His appearing”. Initially Paul was also
torturing and persecuting Christians and the early churches.

Then on the road to Jericho near the city of Damascus he was touched by the power of God. Right
away he fell flat on the road. When he got up he was blind. God told him to go and get healed by Annaias.
Annaias laid his hands upon Paul and prayed and Paul got his sight back. He understood the power of God
and accepted the Lord. He committed his life to the Lord. And he came all over Asia and proclaimed the
good news of our Lord Jesus Christ. He led thousands of people to the kingdom of God. That was the
reason why he could say that he has fought the good fight. It is true in our cases also, dear brothers and
sisters. There is a crown of life awaiting each and every one of us. In order to receive it we must run a
good race and we should fight a good fight. It is not enough just accepting the Lord as our personal saviour
or being baptized, nor is it enough that we receive the f=gifts of the Holy Spirit. What is your personal
contribution to the church of God? How much are you contributing to the church of God? The Lord has
put you in such a beautiful and affluent place, what are your commitments to the Lord? In how many ways
are you robbing God in the church?

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1.2.2 Sundar Selvaraj (2008-11-05 12:49)

Sundar Selvaraj was born on 17 March 1962 into a Catholic family. He has two sisters and a younger brother.
When he was about seven years old, his father embraced Hinduism and became a layman priest.

Young Sundar being the first born male child followed his father’s footsteps and became a devout Hindu.
He gave himself to the study of mantras and was versed in performing pujas (religious ceremonies). He even
carried the kavadi - a form of Hindu penance, for three years. When he was about 16 years old, there arose
a question in his heart about karma, life after death and nirvana. He sought the favours of the Hindu deities
through fastings, penances and pujas, to be set free from the cycle of rebirth and to be one with Brahma -
the union with the cosmic energy. But all his efforts were futile. After six months of fervent futile prayers,
he came to the conclusion that he had been fated to be reincarnated again and again in this world due to
his bad karma.

About this time in June 1978, he attended a religious-cum-science lecture at a public auditorium. The
distinguished speaker was speaking on the subject of evolution. Young Sundar had great fascination for
science and was planning on becoming a neurosurgeon. After speaking for half an hour on evolution, the
speaker then compared the science of evolution to the science of creation by God. The topic though inter-
esting disliked Sundar because the speaker introduced Jesus Christ. The speaker said that because of God’s
great love for man, He came down to earth as a man to die for the sins of the whole world. And only by
believing in the Lord Jesus Christ can a person be set free from sin and the cycle of death.

After the message, the speaker gave an invitation to all those who wished to receive Jesus Christ as their
Saviour to come forward to the stage. Though Sundar felt a nudge to go forward, being a staunch hindu, he
rebelled against the nudge. Suddenly, from deep within him, he heard a clear voice and audible speaking to
him. The voice said, ”This is the true God. Go and follow Him.” Sundar was astonished to hear the voice
beckoning him to go forward and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour and God. He ignored the voice.
But, like an auto reverse cassette player, the voice kept on repeating, ”This is the true God. Go and follow
Him.” Sundar then experienced another supernatural experience. The chair on which he was sitting began
to vibrate. It was as if the chair was prompting him to get up and go. He grabbed the handles of the chair
and would not budge an inch.

All the while, the voice kept repeating. ”This is the true God. Go and follow Him”. Sundar was now
experiencing two unexplainable supernatural experiences. Then without any warning, he felt a real tangible
hand below his back. The hand gently lifted him up to his feet. Puzzled, Sundar stopped resisting. The
unseen but real hand then clasped his hand and gently led him down three flight of stairs to the front of the

He joined about 50 other people who had come forward to receive the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. Looking
upwards, Sundar said, ”Jesus if you are the true God, please help me be set free from the cycle of rebirth.”
He then mechanically uttered that which the speaker had asked all those who came forward to the stage to
say, ”Lord Jesus come into my life.”

As soon as he said those words, he least expected another supernatural experience. He felt someone pouring
what he felt like oil on his head. It dropped on his head and began to flow downwards all over him. As the
oil was flowing down over him, he felt a cleansing taking place inside his heart. Like all his sins and filthy
nature being washed and cleansed. The oil kept flowing down to his toes. When the oil flowed out of his
toes, a great indescribable peace filled his entire being. This last supernatural experience together with the
other three experiences, totally convinced Sundar that the Lord Jesus Christ is truly The One True God.
He then sincerely gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ and became His devoted disciple.
Sundar is now active in evangelism in India and Tibet. For more information about his ministry visit
his website http://www.jesusministries.com.sg/

1.2.3 Sundar Selvaraj (2008-11-06 12:29)

Sundar Selvaraj was born on 17 March 1962 into a Catholic family. He has two sisters and a younger brother.
When he was about seven years old, his father embraced Hinduism and became a layman priest.

Young Sundar being the first born male child followed his father’s footsteps and became a devout Hindu.
He gave himself to the study of mantras and was versed in performing pujas (religious ceremonies). He even
carried the kavadi - a form of Hindu penance, for three years. When he was about 16 years old, there arose
a question in his heart about karma, life after death and nirvana. He sought the favours of the Hindu deities
through fastings, penances and pujas, to be set free from the cycle of rebirth and to be one with Brahma -
the union with the cosmic energy. But all his efforts were futile. After six months of fervent futile prayers,
he came to the conclusion that he had been fated to be reincarnated again and again in this world due to
his bad karma.

About this time in June 1978, he attended a religious-cum-science lecture at a public auditorium. The
distinguished speaker was speaking on the subject of evolution. Young Sundar had great fascination for
science and was planning on becoming a neurosurgeon. After speaking for half an hour on evolution, the
speaker then compared the science of evolution to the science of creation by God. The topic though inter-
esting disliked Sundar because the speaker introduced Jesus Christ. The speaker said that because of God’s
great love for man, He came down to earth as a man to die for the sins of the whole world. And only by
believing in the Lord Jesus Christ can a person be set free from sin and the cycle of death.

After the message, the speaker gave an invitation to all those who wished to receive Jesus Christ as their
Saviour to come forward to the stage. Though Sundar felt a nudge to go forward, being a staunch hindu, he
rebelled against the nudge. Suddenly, from deep within him, he heard a clear voice and audible speaking to
him. The voice said, ”This is the true God. Go and follow Him.” Sundar was astonished to hear the voice
beckoning him to go forward and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour and God. He ignored the voice.
But, like an auto reverse cassette player, the voice kept on repeating, ”This is the true God. Go and follow
Him.” Sundar then experienced another supernatural experience. The chair on which he was sitting began
to vibrate. It was as if the chair was prompting him to get up and go. He grabbed the handles of the chair
and would not budge an inch.

All the while, the voice kept repeating. ”This is the true God. Go and follow Him”. Sundar was now
experiencing two unexplainable supernatural experiences. Then without any warning, he felt a real tangible
hand below his back. The hand gently lifted him up to his feet. Puzzled, Sundar stopped resisting. The
unseen but real hand then clasped his hand and gently led him down three flight of stairs to the front of the

He joined about 50 other people who had come forward to receive the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. Looking
upwards, Sundar said, ”Jesus if you are the true God, please help me be set free from the cycle of rebirth.”
He then mechanically uttered that which the speaker had asked all those who came forward to the stage to
say, ”Lord Jesus come into my life.”

As soon as he said those words, he least expected another supernatural experience. He felt someone pouring
what he felt like oil on his head. It dropped on his head and began to flow downwards all over him. As the
oil was flowing down over him, he felt a cleansing taking place inside his heart. Like all his sins and filthy
nature being washed and cleansed. The oil kept flowing down to his toes. When the oil flowed out of his
toes, a great indescribable peace filled his entire being. This last supernatural experience together with the
other three experiences, totally convinced Sundar that the Lord Jesus Christ is truly The One True God.
He then sincerely gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ and became His devoted disciple.

Sundar is now active in evangelism in India and Tibet. For more information about his ministry visit
his website http://www.jesusministries.com.sg/

1.2.4 Nagma (2008-11-06 12:31)

God s hand was on me all along:

POPULAR actress Nagma opened up about her faith and mission in her life for the first time to
the media in an exclusive interview with The Christian Messenger.

This newspaper s founding editor Robin Sam spoke to her for close to five hours in an exhaustive in-
terview concerning her faith, the recent issue over her testimony at Nalumavadi in Tamil Nadu, the rising
violence against Christians, her personal life and plans for the future. Excerpts:

When did you come to realize the saving power of Jesus Christ?

I was born on Christmas to a Muslim mother and a Hindu father. I went to a convent school from
childhood. I was exposed to Christianity from a young age. I went to Mount Mary Convent School in
Bandra, Mumbai. There, Mass was a routine feature. I always thought I am very special to God because I
was born on Dec 25th - perhaps because the world celebrated the day.

Even though I was not a believer then, I still enjoyed a constant companionship and relationship
with Jesus Christ but never really mentioned this as it would have seemed odd then.

A bit later in life, I came across a book called Conversations with God. That confirmed to me that
the power that was speaking to me all along was God Himself. Now when I look back, I feel that God s
hand was strongly upon me all along even though I hadn t realized it then.

As God is just and fair, He has given us a free will to decide and make our choices whether good or
bad because of His mercy and compassion.

There was a time in my life when things were going on really well. Yet, there was this big vacuum.
There was no all-encompassing peace though life was busy and my job competitive. It went on like this for
several years. After 15 years of my career, I started feeling the futility of it all and began asking myself
questions like Why am I here? , What s God s plan for me in my life? and What s the purpose of my
existence? I asked myself these questions when I was doing really well in life just like how King David felt
even when he had everything going his way.

Since I was spiritually inclined I read a lot of books in that genre. I also started practicing medita-
tion. I was teaching Art of Living for nearly 12 years. But Jesus continued to intrigue me. Since one of
my aunties was a Christian, I kept urging her to tell me more about Christ. In the year 2000, in one such
discussion, I said my salvation prayer.

Like it took the Israelites 40 years to reach the promised land that should have been covered in just
11 days I took nearly about five years to submit completely to the will of God. Just like Jonah, I was going
on my own trip.

But in 2006, I became ill. I had a viral fever that the doctors weren t able to diagnose. I had high
temperature and was hospitalized. That s when a Punjabi guy in my fraternity who was married to a
Christian woman visited me and gave a CD. It contained a sermon titled Freedom from fear by Brother
Johnson, an evangelist in Goa. For the next six months I kept listening to the CD. Like the Bible says:
Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of God. After six months, I told myself: Now, I want
to read the Word. I began with the New Testament. I told God: I am going to read your Word. Help me
and be my teacher.

While reading the New Testament, I realized the importance of baptism and also of joining a church.
Therefore, I immediately joined Pastor Shekhar Kalyanpur s New Life Fellowship in Juhu, Mumbai. I took
baptism on Jan 4. Since 2007 was a year of rest I decided to take a break from films and continued my
Bible study fervently.

Source: The Christian Messenger, India’s Evangelical Newspaper, taken from the link
http://www.christianmessenger.in/interviews/nagma1 011008/453.php

Taken on: October 04, 2008

1.2.5 Amavasikan Perumal (2008-11-06 12:32)

AMAVASIKAN Perumals story of transformation would sound like an incredible tale if one did not approach
it from the realm of faith.

Born into a family of peasants to illiterate parents in Salavedu, a small hamlet near Vandavasi in
Tamil Nadu, Perumal studied up to 8th standard and dropped out of school due to poverty at home.

A single child, he did not want to burden his mother who had been at his birth abandoned by her
husband. In abject poverty, the mother and son eked out a living and hoped for a better future.

Ponnammal, a Catholic by birth, came into Perumals life like a breath of fresh air. They soon got
married against the wishes of the brides family. Three girl children were born to them.

Neither fatherhood nor his new set of responsibilities seemed to have the desired effect on Perumal,
who was living a reckless life given to country liquor, gambling, stealing and rowdyism in the village.

It was then Gods first clarion call to Perumal came. He was afflicted with a swelling of his private
organ. No amount of treatment or medicines could cure him of the ailment. His misery grew day by by
until a travelling Christian missionary from Chennai prayed over him and God healed him of the illness.

Gracey Ponnammal, by now a convert to the faith, could not persuade her husband to turn to God.
Perumals belief in the true, living God was short-lived. He continued to be a tyrant at home and hooligan
in the village.

One day, a drowsy and drunk Perumal kicked Ponnammal for praying aloud when he was asleep at
home. Hours passed before Perumal was down with a severe bout of diarrhea.

Unable to even lift his head or move from his sleeping position, Perumal was touched by Gods amazing
grace that saved his life that day and his wifes relentless prayers to God for his healing.

Neighbours were quick to notice the difference in Perumals household - in place of Ponnammals
wails and the childrens plaintive cries they now heard loud prayers by Perumal and his family.

Perumal kicked all his vices and turned a new leaf. In 1997 after he had a vision from God in the
same manner that the Lord called Samuel (1 Samuel 3:10), Perumal (now baptised as S A Peter) started an
independent church in his village.

The familys faith in the almighty God grew manifold when the Lord saved Peters eldest daughter
Getzial after she was bitten by a venomous snake during a Sunday worship. While almost all elders in the
village and the congregation stood around a dying girl and urged Peter to take her to the nearest hospital
15 km away from the church, he stood his ground and knelt down in prayer. The God who saved Daniel
from the lions den heard the fathers prayer and spared Getzials life. Getzial is in her second year of theology
studies in a seminary in Rajapalayam now.

Pastor Peter, who says his life and family run on faith, is a fulltime evangelist who ministers in and
around Salavedu. His mission is to reach the unreached in the surrounding villages of Reddypalayam,
Ottakoil and Singapalli and plant churches for new believers. He may be reached at Shepherd Christ Church,
Zion Street, Salavedu Village Post, Vandavasi Taluk, Thiruvannamalai District, Tamil Nadu 604403.

Source: Saved by grace, walking by faith,Abhilash Pulichanickal The Christian Messenger, India’s
Evangelical Newspaper, taken from the link
http://www.christianmessenger.in/testimony/submission/Amavasikan %20Perumal %20 12.php
Taken on: October 04, 2008

1.2.6 Sadhu Chellappa (2008-11-06 12:33)

Growing up in a Hindu temple in South India, Sadhu Chellappa mastered the Indian Scriptures. In the
temples, he found practices and beliefs contrary to the scriptures. This led to his asking many questions to
his teachers and masters. Not satisfied with answers he left the Hindu faith and became an atheist. After a
series of failures he decided to commit suicide.

In a dramatic conversion, as he planned to jump from a train in the city of Madras, he heard a verse
from the Bible being quoted by a preacher in a Christian meeting. ”He who conceals his sins will not pros-
per, but he who confesses and forsakes them will receive pardon” (Proverbs 28:13). He immediately got down
at the next station and walked to the meeting and he found the Lord Jesus Christ in his life. This was on
May 14th 1967.

Soon after, he started sharing his testimony and preached the Gospel everyday. Within a few years, he
had preached in all major cities, towns and villages all over Tamil Nadu. Thousands were saved and bap-
tized and added to the churches.

In the year 1982, he started publishing the Agni (fire) monthly magazine in Tamil, which now is read
all over the world by Tamil speaking people. In 1974, he became a full time Evangelist and started the Agni
Ministries. In the year 1995 God gave him a new vision to plant churches. Now he has 27 churches and
pastors, four full-time Evangelists and an office with four faculties. He has sent one missionary to North
India in Uttar Pradesh State in a small village by name Padampuri where there are no Christians at all.
Now after two years there are eight Christians.

A profile writer, Sadhu Chellappa has written more than twenty-eight books in Tamil and two in English.
His most popular book ”IS CHRISTIANITY A NECESSITY?” is always in demand and will go into reprint
for the fifth time. His English book BIBLE AND BAGAVAT GITA, VARANASHRA DHARMA (Caste
systems) are sold like hot cakes.

In 1983, Sadhu Chellappa met Dr. Billy Graham at the itinerant Evangelists conference at Amsterdam.
He was then interviewed and his life story appeared in the ”Challenge” magazine published by Campus
Crusade, U.S.A. A regular speaker at the Impetus conference in Colombo for the Third world Pastors and
Evangelists, Sadhu is a close friend of Dr. Colton Wickramaratne, the Senior Pastor of People s Church,
Colombo and his ministry has seen numerous Buddhists and Hindus saved in Srilanka. Most of the Srilankan
Tamil Hindus who are scattered as refugees through out the world became Christians through Sadhu‘s min-

Sadhu Chellappa s life story has appeared in ”The Edge” a leading British Christian magazine in its May
1996 issue. Rev. Colin Dye, the Senior Pastor of Kensington Temple, London, the largest church in England,
interviews him.

Sadhu Chellappa s message is ”Christ and Him crucified”. He is the only way, the truth and Life. The
Vedhas, the ancient Indian sacred writings had anticipated the coming of Christ to take away the sins of
man. They call Him Purusha Prajapati the creator God who would come as a man to offer himself as a
sacrifice. Jesus Christ came to fulfill the Vedic quest of the Indian people, because the Vedhas are incomplete
without Him, just as the Old testament was fulfilled at the coming of the Messiah.

Source: The Agni Ministries Website, Testimony - Sadhu Chellappa, taken from the link
http://www.agniministries.org/Testimony.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSup port=1
Taken on: October 04, 2008

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1.2.7 Sadhu Sundar Singh (2008-11-06 12:34)

Sundar was raised a member of the Sikh religion. (Sikhism is a sect within Hinduism that was founded
about 1500 A.D. that teaches belief in one God and rejects the caste system and idolatry.) Prior to his
conversion, Sundar attended a primary school run by the American Presbyterian Mission where the New
Testament was read daily as a ”textbook.” Sundar ”refused to read the Bible at the daily lessons...To some
extent the teaching of the Gospel on the love of God attracted me, but I still thought it was false.” Though
according to another testimony, Sundar confessed, ”Even then, I felt the Divine attractiveness and wonderful
power of the Bible.”

In the midst of such confusion and while only fourteen years old, his mother died, and Sundar un-
derwent a crisis of faith. His mother was a loving saintly woman and they were very close. In his anger,
Sundar burned a copy of one of the Gospels in public.

”Although I believed that I had done a very good deed by burning the Bible, I felt unhappy,” he
said. Within three days Sundar Singh could bear his misery no longer. Late one night in December 1903,
he rose from bed and prayed that God reveal himself to him if he really existed. Otherwise – ”I planned to
throw myself in front of the train which passed by our house.” For seven hours Sundar Singh prayed. ”O
God, if there is a God, reveal thyself to me tonight.” The next train was due at five o’clock in the morning.
The hours passed.

Suddenly the room filled with a glow. A man appeared before him. Sundar Singh heard a voice
say, ”How long will you deny me? I died for you; I have given my life for you.” He saw the man’s hands,
pierced by nails.

Jesus was the last person Sundar was looking for. After all, Jesus was the ’foreign god’ of the Christian
teachers at his school& Amazed that his vision had taken the unexpected form of Jesus, Sundar was
convinced in his heart that Jesus was the true Savior, and that He was alive. Sundar fell on his knees before
Him and experienced an astonishing peacefulness which he had never felt before. The vision disappeared,
but peace and joy lingered within him.

To meet Christ was only the beginning for Sundar Singh. He was a Sikh. Sikhs had endured terri-
ble persecutions in their early history. As a consequence they were fiercely loyal to their faith and to each
other. Conversion to Christianity was considered treachery. Now every effort was made to woo or coerce
Sundar Singh back to his ancestral faith.

Despite his family’s please, bribes, and threats, Sundar wanted to be baptized in the Christian faith.
After his father spoke words of official rejection over him, Sundar became an outcast from his people. He
cut off the hair he had worn long like every Sikh man. Against great opposition, he was baptized on his
birthday in 1905, in an English church in Simla.

Conventional Indian churches were willing to grant him a pulpit, but their rules were foreign to his
spirit. Indeed, he felt that a key reason the gospel was not accepted in India was because it came in a garb
foreign to Indians. He decided to become a sadhu, so that he could dedicate himself to the Lord Jesus. He
was convinced that this was the best way to introduce the Gospel to his people since it was the only way
which his people were accustomed to. As a sadhu, he wore a yellow robe, lived on the charity of others,
abandoned all possession and maintained celibacy. In this lifestyle, he was free to devote himself to the
Lord. Dressed in his thin yellow robe, Sundar Singh took to the road and began a life of spreading the
simple message of love and peace and rebirth through Jesus. He carried no money or other possessions, only
a New Testament.

”I am not worthy to follow in the steps of my Lord,” he said, ”but like Him, I want no home, no
possessions. Like Him I will belong to the road, sharing the suffering of my people, eating with those who
will give me shelter, and telling all people of the love of God.”

Sundar journeyed much. He traveled all over India and Ceylon. Between 1918-1919, he visited Malaysia,
Japan and China. Between 1920-1922 he went to Western Europe, Australia and Israel. He preached in
many cities; Jerusalem, Lima, Berlin and Amsterdam among others. Despite his growing fame, Sundar
retained a modest nature, desiring only to follow Jesus’ example: to repay evil with kindness and to win
over his enemies by love. This attitude often caused his enemies to feel ashamed of themselves, and caused
even his father to become a Christian later in life, and to support Sundar in ministry.

He was quite independent of outward Church authority in all his religious life, thought, and work.
He dropped out of a Christian seminary that he briefly attended. Neither did he attach much importance
to public worship because in his experience the heart prays better in solitude than in a congregation. He
was also highly displeased with what he found when he toured western nations that for centuries had the
benefit of the Bible and whose central figure of worship was Jesus. Sundar proclaimed almost prophetic
denunciations upon Western Christianity, and laughed at the way the West looked down upon religious men
of the East as mere ”pagans” and ”heathens.” ”People call us heathens,” he said in a conversation with the
Archbishop of Upsala. ”Just fancy! My mother a heathen! If she were alive now she would certainly be
a Christian. But even while she followed her ancestral faith she was so religious that the term ’heathen’
makes me smile. She prayed to God, she served God, she loved God, far more warmly and deeply than
many Christians.”

On another occasion, Sundar said, ”I have seen many Christian women, but none of them came up
to my mother.” And, conversing with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Sundar said: ”If I do not see my mother
in heaven, I shall ask God to send me to hell so that I may be with her.” Sundar also made plain his view
that, ”There are many more people among us in India who lead a spiritual life than in the West, although
they do not know or confess Christ. It is of course true that people who live in India worship idols; but here
in England people worship themselves, and that is still worse. Idol-worshippers seek the truth, but people
over here, so far as I can see, seek pleasure and comfort. The people of the West understand how to use
electricity and how to fly in the air. The men of the East have sought the truth. Of the three Wise Men
who went to Palestine to see Jesus not one was from the West.’”

He travelled India and Tibet, as well as the rest of the world, with the message that the modern in-
terpretation of Jesus was sadly watered down. Sundar visited Tibet every summer. In 1929, he visited that
country again and was never seen again.

Sundar’s Faith for All Mankind

Few Christians know that Sundar was not afraid to raise his voice in favor of ”universalism.” He
could never deny to all non-Christians the possibility of entering heaven. In 1925 Sundar wrote, ”If the
Divine spark in the soul cannot be destroyed, then we need despair of no sinner... Since God created men
to have fellowship with Himself, they cannot for ever be separated from Him... After long wandering, and
by devious paths, sinful man will at last return to Him in whose Image he was created; for this is his final

In February, 1929, the year Sundar disappeared on his final missionary trip to Tibet, he was inter-
viewed by several theology students in Calcutta, India, where he answered their questions:

(Question #1) What did the Sadhu think should be our attitude towards non-Christian religions? –
The old habit of calling them ’heathen’ should go. The worst ’heathen’ were among us [Christians]...

(Question #2) Who were right, Christian Fundamentalists or Christian Liberals? – Both were wrong. The
Fundamentalists were uncharitable to those who differed from them. That is, they were unchristian. The
Liberals sometimes went to the extent of denying the divinity of Christ, which they had no business to do.
(Question #3) Did the Sadhu think there was eternal punishment? – There was punishment, but it
was not eternal...Everyone after this life would be given a fair chance of making good, and attaining to the
measure of fullness the soul was capable of. This might sometimes take ages.”

—This article was primarily written by Edward T. Babinski, with further editing and additions by
Mercy Aiken

Additional Quotes by Sadhu Sundar Singh

”He was searching for me before I sought Him. Christ whom I had never expected came to me. I
was praying, ’If there be a God, reveal Thyself’...I was praying to Hindu gods and incarnations. But when
He came there was no anger in His face, even though I had burnt the Bible three days before. None of you
have ever destroyed Scripture like me. He is such a wonderful, loving, living Saviour...”

”There is a great difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing Him... If we only know of
Jesus as a good man, a great example, it is no help to us. Those who know Him know Who He is. When we
know Him everything is different and we are living in a new world – a new atmosphere. Heaven begins on
earth for us. Those who know Him know that Jesus is everything to them. They can bear witness because
they have been living with Him...If we live in Him He will reveal Himself to us and we shall bear witness –
not for a day or a night only...”

”For the first two or three years after my conversion, I used to ask for specific things. Now I ask for
God. Supposing there is a tree full of fruits – you will have to go and buy or beg the fruits from the owner
of the tree. Every day you would have to go for one or two fruits. But if you can make the tree your own
property, then all the fruits will be your own. In the same way, if God is your own, then all things in Heaven
and on earth will be your own, because He is your Father and is everything to you; otherwise you will have
to go and ask like a beggar for certain things. When they are used up, you will have to ask again. So ask
not for gifts but for the Giver of Gifts: not for life but for the Giver of Life – then life and the things needed
for life will be added unto you.”

”Salt, when dissolved in water, may disappear, but it does not cease to exist. We can be sure of its
presence by tasting the water. Likewise, the indwelling Christ, though unseen, will be made evident to
others from the love which he imparts to us.”

”From my many years experience I can unhesitatingly say that the cross bears those who bear the

”While sitting on the bank of a river one day, I picked up a solid round stone from the water and
broke it open. It was perfectly dry in spite of the fact that it had been immersed in water for centuries. The
same is true of many people in the Western world. For centuries they have been surrounded by Christianity;
they live immersed in the waters of its benefits. And yet it has not penetrated their hearts; they do not
love it. The fault is not in Christianity, but in men’s hearts, which have been hardened by materialism and

”When Jesus entered Jerusalem the people spread their clothes in the way and strewed branches be-
fore Him in order to do Him honour. Jesus rode upon an ass, according to the word of the prophet. His feet
did not touch the road which was decorated in His honour. It was the ass which trod upon the garments
and the branches. But the ass would have been very foolish to have been uplifted on that account; for the
road really was not decked in its honour! It would be just as foolish if those who bear Christ to men were
to think anything of themselves because of what men do to them for the sake of Jesus.”

”A newborn child has to cry, for only in this way will his lungs expand. A doctor once told me of a
child who could not breathe when it was born. In order to make it breathe the doctor gave it a slight
blow. The mother must have thought the doctor cruel. But he was really doing the kindest thing possible.
As with newborn children the lungs are contracted, so are our spiritual lungs. But through suffering God
strikes us in love. Then our lungs expand and we can breathe and pray.”

”Just as the salt water of the sea is drawn upwards by the hot rays of the sun, and gradually takes
on the form of clouds, and, turned thus into sweet and refreshing water, falls in showers on the earth (for
the sea water as it rises upwards leaves behind it its salt and bitterness), so when the thoughts and desires
of the man of prayer rise aloft like misty emanations of the soul, the rays of the Sun of Righteousness purify
them of all sinful taint, and his prayers become a great cloud which descends from heaven in a shower of
blessing, bringing refreshment to many on the earth.”

Source: From the Biography page of Tent Maker website, the link can be accessed
Accessed on: October 4th 2008.
Follow the link for the ’pdf’ version of ”Wisdom of the Sadhu, Teachings of Sundar Singh”

Francisco (2008-11-08 00:19:22)

”A Simple and Spiritual Life is the only Life that will survive”! Such was the testimony of The Hopi people in AZ
in their ”Declaration of Peace”. http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2008/07/hopi-declaration -of-peace.html
Yet the Hopi peoples of today seem to have given up and given in to ”progress”, yet i believe there are those Hopi who
yet await the coming of the One they call their ”True White Brother”. And i believe the One called The Messiah is
”The True White Brother” of the Hopi peoples and that His Life example and Teachings bore witness to The Truth
of ”A Simple and Spiritual Life is the only Life that will survive”! John The Baptist had testified, ”He(The Messiah)
Whom The Only True GOD(Great Spirit) has sent speaks The Words of GOD: for GOD does not give The Spirit by
measure unto Him.” (John 3:34) The Messiah testified, ”I have greater witness than that of John: for The Works which
The Father(Great Spirit, GOD,Creator ) has given me to finish, are the same Works that I do, and they bear witness

of Me, that The Father has sent Me.” (John 5:36) The Messiah also testified, ”I have not spoken of Myself; but The
Father WHO sent Me, HE gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and how I should speak.” (John 12:49)” And
The Messiah, the spokesman for ”Our Father(Great Spirit, GOD, Creator )” bore witness to ”A Simple and Spiritual

Life” and revealed that a man’s sufficiency is of Creation, of The Creator! ”Do not lay up treasures for yourselves
upon earth, for that is what moth and rust can corrupt, and where thieves can break through and steal: But lay up
treasures for yourselves in Heaven, where neither moth or rust can corrupt, and where thieves can not break through
and steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your
eye is single, your whole body shall be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If
therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he
will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You can not serve both The
Only True GOD and money. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you
shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not The Life more than meat, and the body than clothes?
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father
feeds them. Are you not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
And why do you take thought for clothes? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they
spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these flowers. Wherefore,

if The Only True GOD so clothes the grass of the field, which to day is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall HE
not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What
shall we drink? or, how shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the worldly seek) For your Heavenly Father
knows that you have need of all these things. But seek first the Kingdom of GOD, and HIS righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall take thought for
the things of itself. Every day has evils enough of it’s own.” (Matthew 6:19-34) Simply, sad for all those who believe
in ”self-sufficiency” ;-( Yet, i believe that is just a term that has been used in ignorance by many who in Truth are
living The Life that bears witness to Creation sufficiency. Now The Only True GOD, Father(Creator) of ALL, HE
promised to ”fulfill all the needs of HIS Children richly, through HIS Son The Messiah”! The Life is sustained by Our
Father(Creator), in Creation as we now experience it, through The Spirit. Simply, Creation is sufficient! Once again,
The Messiah testified, ”I have not spoken of Myself; but The Father(Great Spirit, GOD, Creator ) WHO sent Me,

HE gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and how I should speak.” (John 12:49)” ”Don’t you believe that I
am in The Father, and The Father in Me? The Words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but The Father
WHO dwells in Me, HE does The Works.” (John 14:10) ”He that loves Me not, does not keep My sayings: and The
Word which you hear is not Mine, but The Father’s, HE WHO sent Me.” (John 14:24)” I have manifested YOUR
Name unto the men WHO YOU gave Me out of the world: YOUR’s they were, and YOU gave them to Me; and they
have kept YOUR Word.” (John 17:6)” Then answered The Messiah and said unto them, Truly, Truly, I say unto you,
The Son can do nothing of Himself, but that which He has seen The Father do: for whatever things The Father does,
those things The Son also does.” (John 5:19)” I can of Mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and My judgment
is just; because I seek not Mine own will, but The Will of The Father WHO has sent Me.” (John 5:30) And The
Testimonies bear witness to The Messiah being ”a servant” of ”The ONLY TRUE GOD”. (Isaiah 42:1) Hope is, there
will be those reading this who will no longer deny and defy their Creator(Father), for The Creator, The Only True
GOD(Great Spirit) and Father of All, HE knows what is best for HIS Creation. So There Is Hope! For Miracles do
happen! Hope is there may be those who experience The Miracle that is ”receiving a love of The Truth”, for they will
”Come Out” from among those who are destroying and perverting Creation(land, air, water, vegetation, creatures,
Light, Truth, Life, Love, Peace, Hope, Faith, Miracles, .etc.) Those who ”Come Out” will desire but ”A Simple and
Spiritual Life”, and they no longer will be of those The Creator is going to ”destroy because they are destroying the
earth(HIS Creation)”. (Revelations 11:18c) And they will have Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this
wicked world and it’s systems of religion, for ”The WHOLE world is under the control of the evil one”(1John5:19)
indeed and Truth...... Truth is never ending....... (thedestructionoftheearth.wordpress.com)

1.2.8 Pandita Ramabai (2008-11-06 12:35)


Among great social reformers in India, one cannot easily forget the name of Pandita Ramabai, whose
immense contributions in the field of education and emancipation of women played a pivotal role in
reforming India.

Born to a very rich orthodox Hindu family on 23rd April 1858, in Karnataka, Ramabai, became a
household name, whose transformation through Christ and life changing testimony, for decades have been
motivating and encouraging people.

To the astonishment of Hindu pundits, at the age of twelve, she had committed to memorise eigh-
teen thousand sacred verses from the Hindu Puranas, and gained exceptional knowledge in Sanskrit (sacred
language of Hinduism), which eventually gave her the title ”Pandita” which means ’mistress of wisdom’.

Inspired by God, whom she found in Jesus Christ after trying all the religions at her disposal, she
founded the Mukti Mission on March 11th 1889.

With motherly love she cared for a family that grew to 2000 girls, thousand unfortunate ill treated
child widows and destitute orphans.

The mission is still active providing housing, education, vocational training and medical services for
the widows, orphans and the handicapped.

A pioneer educationalist in India, Ramabai, was of the elite group who first introduced methods of
kindergarten training as well as illustrated books and pictures for village primary schools. She also opened
primary and secondary schools exclusively for girls and village children in her Mukti Home.

More to enumerate, the saint like Ramabai who was also a poet and a leading advocate for the
rights and welfare of women in the country, became the first to introduce Braille for blind girls, subsequently
opening a Blind school in Mukti.

She was also the first in India to introduce the idea that Hindi should be the national language and
Devnagiri be made the national script.

She even became the first woman translator, not only in India, but probably the whole world, ac-
complishing the task of translating the whole Bible into Marathi, her mother tongue (from the original
Hebrew and Greek).

However, one must intently note the environs and the kind of life women led in India, a century
back, when they had no voice in the society nor family, and led a very demeaning life.

It was the audacious lectures of the vivid Ramabai, which resuscitated the people, even impressing
the famous Empress Queen Victoria.

Eventually, she became the first Indian to introduce industries for women, and help them be inde-
pendent and self reliant.

While the contributions of this great woman patriot are measureless, one must seriously ponder the
inspiration of her life. The light, which emanated from Christ the true savior of the world, a real guru, the
greatest pundit the world ever saw, who changed her life and used her to change the life of countless people.

In him she found the Moksha (salvation), Svarga (heaven) and Dharma (higher truth).

Meeting Christ

Her father, Anant Shastri Dongre, a learned Brahmin, fearing wrath of local Hindus for his audacity
to teach his wife and children the sacred Hindu scriptures and Sanskrit, which was only meant for the high
caste, forced him to start his own independent life in the forests.

”He could not see why women and people of low caste, could not learn to read and write the San-
skrit language and learn sacred literatures other than the Vedas,” explains Ramabai, in her testimony.

”Ever since I remember anything, my father and mother were always traveling from one sacred place
to another, staying in each place for several months, bathing in the sacred river or tank, visiting temples,
worshipping household gods and the images of gods in the temples, and reading Puranas in holy places.”

Further about her difficult stages in life, she writes, ”We could not do menial work, nor could we
beg. Our parents had unbounded faith what the sacred books said. They encouraged us to look to the
gods to get our support. Eventually, my father, mother and sister, all died of starvation, except me and my

”I cannot describe all sufferings of that terrible time. My brother and me continued following the
sacred Hindu scriptures, worshipping the idols and gods and goddesses, fulfilled all the conditions laid down
in the sacred books, but the gods were not pleased with us.

After years of fruitless service, we began to lose faith in them and in the books which prescribed
this course. We wandered from place to place, worshipping gods, trees, animals, Brahmins and fasting and
performing penances. We even walked four thousand miles on foot without any sort of comfort,” writes

Her travels in India and her perplexing circumstances sensitized her to the bleak plight of widows
and orphans. The Child marriage a practice among higher castes of betrothing young girls to much older
men, caste system, protection of women, child labor, lack of education and need of vocational training
institutes, led Ramabai on a mission to end the social problems of the society.

After many tumultuous stages in her life, writes Ramabai, she came across the English missionaries,
who ”gave us a copy of the Holy Bible in Sanskrit, treated us kindly and even requested us to partake in
their refreshments.

”Having lost all faith in my former religion, and with my heart hungering after something better, I
eagerly learnt everything I could about the Christian religion, and declared my intention to become a

One of the greatest moments in Ramabai s life came, when she was given a scholarship to study
medicine in England; when she arrived there, she found that her hearing was defective and so she could not
participate in lectures.

While in England, she wrote the feminist classic ”The High Caste Hindu Woman,” a scathing attack
on traditional practices including widowhood, polygamy and child marriage. The book was translated into
English and was widely read in England and America.

She further writes, how in England, she was deeply moved by the life of Christians, their service to
the poor and suffering. ”They were all so filled with the love of Christ, compassion for suffering humanity.
They had given their life for the service of the sick and infirm. I had never heard or seen anything of the
kind done for this class of women by Hindus in my country. I never heard of them speak so kindly to the
poor and needy. They never wished to turn from their evil path.

”Although I had found the Christian religion, sadly I had not found Christ, who is the life of the re-
ligion and the Light of every man that cometh into the world. I had failed to understand that we belong to
God in Christ Jesus. I had failed to see the need of placing my implicit faith in Christ and His atonement
in order to become a child of God by being born again of the Holy Spirit, and justified by faith in the Son
of God. I realised that I was not prepared to meet God, and that sin had dominion over me.”

”I had at last come to an end of myself, and unconditionally surrendered myself to the Savior; and
asked him to be merciful to me, and to become my Righteousness and Redemption, and to cleanse me from
my sin. Although it is impossible for me to tell all that God has done for me, I must yet praise him and
thank him for his loving kindness to me, the greatest of sinners.

I was just like the blind man in the book of St John, who for forty years was blind and then sud-
denly found the Mighty One, who could give him the eyesight. I was like the man who was told, ”In the
name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.... And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered
with them into the temple, praising God.”

”How very different the truth of God was from the false idea that I had entertained from my child-
hood, that I must have merit to earn present or future happiness, the pleasure of Svarga (heaven), or face
the inconceivable loss of Moksha or liberation. Yes, just like 1 John 4:9 10 says, God has sent his son and
redeemed us all. No caste, no sex, no work and no man was to be depended upon to get salvation, this
everlasting life, which God gave freely.”

”I experimented in the religion which I was born. I did not leave a stone unturned, as it were, as
far as I knew, not only the in the books, even practicing what the books prescribed. The conclusion is
that, everything is empty without Christ. I had to give up all pride of our ancestral religion being old and
superior, which is preventing my country people from finding Christ, in whom is the joy of salvation.

I questioned in my mind over and over why missionaries did not come forward to found faith missions in
my country. The Lord then told me, ”Why don t you begin to do this yourself, instead of wishing others to

”At the end of 1892, a great famine came on this country and I was led by the Lord to start a new
work. To care for the troubled and feed the poor. We had nothing to fear, to lose or to regret, because the
Lord is our Inexhaustible treasure.”

Pandita Ramabai also traveled the United States, China and several other countries, sharing the
good news and her testimony to the people. She later started the Mukti mission. Mukti in Marathi means
’Salvation’. The schools, orphanages, and her active participation in the freedom movements, played a really
important role in the Indian reformation.

The press at Ramabai’s death on April 5, 1922 said, ”It is a national loss.”
”A brave champion of the reform and education of women and a herald of happiness for thousands in
distress, to whom she brought love and hope, was mourned by multitudes.”

The intention of Mukti mission was that women should be accepted, nurtured, loved, trained, and
equipped to take their place in Indian society. It was a place of empowerment and transformation a model
Christian community following the teaching of Jesus.

Having already tasted the wonderful life and truth of God through the scriptures, Ramabai for sure
knew, the importance of translating the Bible into her mother tongue. She was ready to devote 12 years of
her life to translate the Bible into Marathi. And former ”Mukti members” would take the message of Christ
to every part of Maharashtra.

In 1919, the king of England conferred on her the Kaiser i Hind award; one of the highest awards
an Indian could receive during the period of the British Raj.

Her contributions as a builder of modern India were recognized by the Government of India who is-
sued a commemorative postal stamp on 26th October 1989 in honor of her.

Source: Life of Pandita Ramabai: Jesus was her guru, Dibin Samuel, from the website of Chritian-
ity today (India) through the link:http://in.christiantoday.com/articledir/print.htm?id=2681
accessed on October 06th 2008.

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1.2.9 Paul Biswas (2008-11-06 12:38)

Paul Biswas for Christ...

Born a Hindu...

In an Islamic Nation...


”Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me” (Psalm 66:16).

I was born in a Hindu higher Caste, Kshatriya (the warrior and the upper middle class involved in
the politics and government) family in the Southern part of present Bangladesh in 1952. But, I was born
again in 1973. This is my story which I want to share with you.

My family was very Orthodox and from my boyhood I was strictly instructed to keep my family
tradition and social status. While I was in the elementary school, I was instructed by my grandfather to
follow my daily religious duty. Since then, I began to read the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita and
all other Hindu Scriptures under the mentorship of my grandfather. I came to know that man’s salvation
depends upon KARMA (cause and effect, deed or action). Salvation is to be earned by doing good works.
As nobody can do perfect works in his/her one birth, eventually everybody has to go through Samsara (the
binding cycle of births). It’s like being given a penalty. Ultimately one day human souls will be merged into
Brahman (god the creator) which they call MOKSHA (Salvation).

In the process of cyclic rebirth there is no guarantee of becoming human flesh every time. There is
a possibility of becoming birds or any kind of animal. It depends upon one’s Karma. A fear grew up in my
mind that in this process of cyclic rebirth I might become some kind of animal in my next birth. I had a
question in my heart: after how many reincarnations would I be saved? I asked my grandfather and other
Hindu scholars but nobody could give me a satisfactory answer. I began to ask myself the question: even
prisoners know about their time of imprisonment. But, the number of times I would have to go through
cyclic rebirth was quite uncertain to me. Almost every year I used to visit the famous Hindu Shrines in
different parts of India with my grandparents. Wherever I went, I talked to many Hindu Scholars about
the cyclic rebirth and about the assurance of time for salvation (moksha). I had no problem going through
cyclic rebirth, but I wanted to have assurance that after how many times of rebirth my soul would be
merged into Brahma (god the creator).

Until today, the Caste system is strictly practiced in my family. I grew up within this system. Day
by day I used to see the practice in my family that the lower caste people in my own Hindu society could
not enter into the inner court of our house. They had their separate meeting place and they were treated
as untouchable. It made me sad. But I had no way to protest against this. I came to know from my
grandfather that I was destined to be born in a higher caste and the whole system was divinely instituted.
I began to question in my mind that if Brahman was the creator of all human beings, then what kind of
creator was he that he made this kind of discrimination. Though I was born in a higher caste Hindu family
which is next to the Brahmin (the priestly class), it was hard for me to adjust to this cruel system. I used
to have good conversation with my grandfather about different religions and their world view.

One day I asked him about Christianity. But, he gave me a strange definition that I will never for-
get. According to him the Christians are more unclean people because they eat both pork and beef. His
definition was mainly based on dietary restrictions. Christianity is a foreign religion of untouchable people.
They are even considered more untouchable than the lower-caste Hindu people.

In the year 1971, during our liberation war, I went to India with my family as a refugee. We were
at the refugee camp. Day after day I used to see the Christians from different charity organizations serving
the destitute people in the refugee camp. I was very much impressed by their dedication, their love for the
people. I befriended some of them. One day one of the members of the Christian Medical team told me
that because they were saved by the grace of God that’s why they were doing good works. They were doing
good works not to earn salvation. Their God is the God of love and His love was manifested in the person of
Jesus. The man further added that Jesus said, ”Love your neighbor as you love yourself,” and this teaching
of Jesus had led them to serve all mankind, no matter what caste or religion. This idea changed my total
understanding about God and His personality.

After we were liberated, in January 1972, we all came back to my country. We lost much of our
property and many of us Bangladeshis lost our lives. It was a great genocide. One day I was wandering on
the road in my hometown. Suddenly I came across a name plate and on that name plate it was written,
”World Missionary Evangelism.” With great curiosity I went inside and finally I was able to meet with the
director of the organization. The man hugged me and his word was very attractive to me, ”God loves you
and I love you”.

I had a nice conversation with him and during our conversation sometimes we had arguments. But
the man was so patient with me and tried his best to answer my questions. I had several sessions with him
and finally he shared with me about Jesus. It was the first time I heard about Christ and the man added
that it was not Christianity but Christ could answer my Questions.

He gave me a copy of the New Testament (Gedeon translation in Bengali) and suggested to read it
very carefully at least for fifty times. With great interest I began to read the New Testament. I had to hide
the New Testament under my pillows and even during the dead of night I used to read it. It was a quite
small size book to me compared to all the sacred books of my Hindu religion.

Within two months I could finish it, but I was advised to read the whole book at least fifty times.
But after reading twenty times my eyes were open. One day I was reading the book of Romans and it was
Romans 6:23 that spoke to my heart. ”For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord. ”From this particular verse I came to know that the eternal life is a free gift. It was
not necessary for me to do any hard work. Simply, I had to receive the gift. It was the turning point of my
life. As a Hindu, to me eternal life was to merge into Brahman and I had to earn it through cyclic rebirth
which is a long process and waiting many years. The Bengali Bible answered my question: ”... now is the
day of Salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). I was looking for that answer. I read again the gospel of John and I came to
the conclusion that the incarnation of God in the person of Jesus Christ was absolutely perfect and Jesus
paid the penalty of my sin through His atoning death on the cross. Soon I discovered that I was a sinner
and my good works could not wash me clean. I was convinced that I myself could not pay the penalty of
my sin through my good Karma no matter how many times I would be reincarnated. Jesus did on behalf of
me once for all. Doing good works could not give me any certainty. I repented for my sin and surrendered
myself to Jesus. It was July 20, 1973 I received Jesus as my Lord and savior. It was the most joyful day in
my life. I became like a new born baby. I was saved by grace not by Karma.

My Spiritual Journey:

I got real joy and peace in my heart because Jesus gave me a full guarantee of eternal life.

My fear was gone. After one month I began to share this new experience with my family members.
At first they thought that I was crazy. I was so overwhelmed with God’s grace. But as I shared about
Jesus and challenged them with all His promises, they discovered that I had become a Christian. Soon I
was summoned by my father but I boldly answered all of his questions. He warned me the cost of becoming
a Christian, but I was ready for that. I was the eldest among my brothers and sisters. For the next few
months I had to go through persecution-even sometimes physical torture-and finally my father disowned me
and kicked me out of the house. It was the hardest part of my life. No Christian dared to give me shelter.
I was even denied baptism many times by the pastor of the Baptist Church in my hometown because he
was scared of my father, who held great influence in our town. Finally I was able to be baptized and
openly declare my faith in Jesus Christ. Almost five years I continuously received all kinds of threats from
my family members. My father became more furious when I officially changed my family name. Before
becoming a Christian my family name was Vishnu (preserver), who is one of the thre major gods of Hindu
pantheon. My family was proud of having such a great surname after this god Vishnu.

There are two reasons I changed my family name from Vishnu to Biswas. First, according to the
Hindu scriptures, Vishnu had nine incarnations (avatars) in the past, but people are still waiting for one
more incarnation or avatar. I had a question in my mind that if these nine incarnations of Vishnu would be
perfect then why people are still waiting for another avatar (incarnation). Through my study of the Hindu
scriptures, none of these incarnations could claim to be perfect, fully God and fully man. I was convinced
through the reading of the Gospel of John that incarnation of God in Jesus Christ was perfect. Secondly,
the Bible says, ”for it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is
the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8). So, I changed my family name
officially from Vishnu to Biswas. In my Bengali language Biswas means Faith. After that my father officially
disowned me and kicked out me from his house.

Within a month I was baptized at a local Baptist Church altough the Pastor of the Church denied
many times to baptize me because he was scared of my father’s influence in the town. Finally I was baptized.
Following six years I had to go through hardship which I was not used to. Many times my life was in danger
because there was continuous threat from my family. My Hindu friends used to mock at me. But, my Lord
Jesus protected me every time, making me lie down in green pastures. After eight years my father came to
me while I was pastoring a local Baptist Church in my home town and we were reconciled. Since then I
have been allowed to go to my father’s house to visit my mom, brothers and sisters. But during every visit
I did not receive any good treatment. My mother even could not hug me because to them I was an outcast.
To this day my whole family is in darkness. They are trying their best to do good Karma without having
any guarantee of their day of salvation.

I was saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ not by my good works. For the last thirty three
years I have been sharing this story with others who don’t know about this saving Grace of God and I will
continue to do that until the end of my life. It is my prayer for those who are trying their best to achieve
salvation through their good KARMA that they will know about the saving GRACE OF GOD.

My Call to the Ministry:

I received God’s call to serve Him in full time while I was at the Bible College in 1776. While read-
ing the book of Isaiah, God spoke to my heart through His word Isaiah 6: 8, ”Then I heard the voice of the
Lord saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us? And I said, here am I; send me!”

I felt the genuine call of the Lord and I committed my life to be His humble servant. I did not
know where to go. But the Lord was preparing the situation for me. After completion of two years at Bible
College the Lord told me to go to my home town which I did not expect. I was planning to go to another

I joined the Baptist Church in my home town where I was baptized and started to assist the pastor.
I found my wife Elizabeth in that Church and we were married in 1974. After couple of months I got an
invitation from our Baptist Association to join as an outreach worker and Church planter. After three years
I was called by my local Church again to be their pastor. I was so excited to be in my home town because I
would have more opportunity to share the Gospel and my experience with the Lord with my own people.
That was the begining of my journey in the ministry of the Lord. I was ordained in 1977 by the local Church
and the Association. Since then I am in the ministry and have been trying to serve the Lord faithfully.

In 1982 I went to Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary together with my wife and two kids to
do my further Theological study. I completed M.DIV and returned back to my country in 1986. In 1991, I
started the indigenous mission work and Cell Church movement in Bangladesh by founding Gospel Outreach
Fellowship to reach out many unreached people groups among tribes in south eastern part of Bangladesh.
We were able to plant 13 Churches among Khyang and Khumi tribes and trained people among them who
are carrying out the ministry now in their own areas.

After serving the Lord in my country for more than 24 years as a pastor, evangelist, church planter,
Bible college teacher, writer and translator I came to USA in 2001 to do my post graduation study (Th.M)
at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. While at Gordon-Conwell, God showed me a vision to reach out
my own Bengali ethnic group from South Asia who are the most unreached people group here in USA. It
took nine months for me to respond God’s call. Finally I was convinced and started the outreach, Church
planting work with the support of Greater Boston Baptist Association and my local Church Cambridgeport
Baptist Church in 2003. Since then my wife and I have been trying to reach out Bengali Muslims and
Hindus in Greater Boston area. More than six thousand Bengalis are living in this area and there was no
church. By God’s grace we were able to plant the first Bengali Church in New England which is the second
Southern Baptist Church in USA and I am pastoring Boston Bangla Church (BBC).

Source:”Testimony of Former Hindu”, from the website of ”Baptist Convention of New England”
Accessed from the link: http://www.bcne.net/evangelism/inter-faith-evangelism/testimony-of-f ormer-
Accessed on October 4th 2008

Religion God HINDUISM (2008-11-08 18:36:30)

My colleague Paul always travels with a bunch of arrowheads. [1]Religion God HINDUISM

1. http://bible.postedpost.com/2008/11/02/religion-god-hinduism/

1.2.10 Raman Kutty (2008-11-06 12:39)

A young man who was born in not so known a village as an ordinary person from an ordinary background,
when dedicated himself in the Godly things, was a memorable incident. In the path of faith and God s grace,
God raised Paul as the founder of Ceylon Pentecostal Mission, whose name was Ramankutty as a teenager.

Ramankutty was born in the village of Engaddiyoor in the District of Thrissur, in a Hindu family. The
wish of the parents was to make him a Priest, just like his grandfather. As his parents were poor, they could
give education only upto the 3 rd standard, even though they wished to give him higher education. In the
teens, the boy had to earn a livelihood. During those days, so many people used to go to Ceylon for work.
He also tried to get a job like that at the age of fourteen. Asrappa, who was a rich Christian Doctor in
Colombo, gave him a job. He was a Godly man who converted from Hindu religion and became a member
of the C.M.S. church. He considered Ramankutty as his own son and let him to stay at his residence. So
Ramankutty could learn much about Christian religion. The wife of Asrappa taught him Christian doctrines
even though he hesitated to become a Christian. He rejected the gift , Bible, given by the Doctor one day.
Still, they treated him with love. At the age of 18, Jesus gave him vision. So, henceforth, he meditated on
Christ in his heart, secretly. Asrappa and his wife made him more enthusiastic.

At the age of 26, he again saw visions of Lord. Lord spoke to him: If you are shy about me, I will
also be shy about you, when I come as a King . He could not withstand this divine voice; real repentance
came to him. He started to proclaim publicly that he has been saved through the faith in Christ. Asrappa
and family were so happy with such a development. Very soon, Ramankutty became Paul after he took the
Baptism of Knowledge by a Priest of the CMS church.

Ramankutty who came to SriLanka for livelihood, became very happy in the new life. When he remembered
the Grace of God, he found enjoyment in testifying Lord. The parents commissioned few people to bring
back Paul to their home, when they came to know the news that he converted to Christianity.

When he reached his native place by train, it was too late. He reached tat Kuruvilla Asan’ s house who was a
Godly man, after walking past unfamiliar roads. The head of the house was not bold enough to receive him,
when he informed him the purpose of the visit. When he returned with upset mind, he heard the sound of
God, saying that , this is the house you have to stay tonight. Motivated by the Holy Spirit, he again reached
the house and the head of the house permitted him to stay there. In the morning, he quit the house and
when he reached his own house, he did not get a warm welcome. Even though the family members objected,
he attended the worship at Salvation Army Church. Paul’s father, who was a fanatic, tried to kill him thrice.
But, each time, God miraculously saved him.

One night Paul quit the house, when he understood that his father wanted to kill him. First he reached at
the house of Kuruvilla Asan’s house, and then at the house of Asrappa in Sri Lanka. Paul told Asrappa
that he wanted to become a Priest. So Asrappa sent him to the CMS Theological Seminary and his friends
called him Palupadesy , after they saw the spiritual pungency and the quality of his behaviour. After
successfully finishing his studies, he was appointed as an Evangelist of the Malayalam Mission at Colombo.
In the meantime, Evangelist Paul married a girl, who belonged to an ancient Christian family. The marriage
took place at Kuruvilla Ashan’s house. His wife was very co-operative and helpful in the field of Gospel
work. God gave them five children afterwards.

He was disgusted by the spirituality which prevailed in the CMS church, where he was also a member.
He was dissatisfied in his own spiritual work and he started thinking deeply about his weaknesses in his life.
At last, he decided to stop his work and he informed the same to his classmate, P.I.Jacob, who was the
Pastor in a Baptist Church.
The close relationship he had with Jacob helped him to understand about other doctrines in the Bible
and also about the anointment of the Holy Spirit. During that time in Chennai, Jacob introduced him to
certain Missionaries in the Pentecostal Church and he could attend their meetings. Evangelist Paul also
showed much spirit to receive such experience. Missionaries came to Colombo as per the invitation given
by Mr. Jacob and Evangelist Paul attended their meetings and studied more doctrinal truths. Soon he
took baptism and was strengthened in the Holy Spirit. When he was filled with God’ s strength, he was
enlightened. It was in the year 1921. After that, so many great revelations were given to him by God and
his ego was tempered. The ardent attachment to and zeal for wordly things were lost. He decided to be a
living sacrifice for Christ and was prepared for that. Approximately only for 3 years he continued as a worker
in the CMS church after he had been anointed in the Holy Spirit. The members in the church who loved
him became very sad when he bid farewell and departed. He decided to live only by faith and not getting a
permanent income or salary. He and his family had to suffer financially, when he commenced the life of faith.
Several times, the children had to face severe starvation. He conducted worship meetings and fellowship
meetings in a house at Borells on rent at seven rupees per month. Afterwards he got a better house for forty
rupees per month on rent. So many brothers and sisters joined him after they were induced and enticed
by the life of faith of Paul. Like that, Paul’s spiritual family started to grow. Hence he was compelled to
move to a house which costs Rs. 160/- per month. From hence, his house has been called Faith Home .
It was the commencement of the movement of Ceylon Pentecostal Mission . The principle was to ask God
for every need and receive it. To see that all human beings are without blame in Christ were the building
houses of Faith Home, as per the word of God. The Ceylon Pentecostal Mission really commenced from this
Faith Home which have the base of deep dedication.

In the year 1924, the fellowship of Paul came to be known as the Ceylon Pentecostal Mission. From the
beginning onwards, the church took care to coax the life-style and in the dress code. The life-style of that
man of God was to do every thing as per the will of God. He took care of those things in preaching, prayer
and in conducting meetings . He did the commanded work of the Lord after following the footsteps of the
First Apostles in the first centuries. Starvation and afflictions were part and parcel of his life. Still, he
strengthened the churches in Ceylon and in other countries by faith , in spite of all such obstacles. In India,
the church had an auspicious commencement of their spiritual work, when Pastor Paul visited Travancore,
and conducted vigilant meetings at Thiruvanathapuram and places like Quilon. The first Faith Home in In-
dia had commenced its work at Thoothukkudy in the year 1923. In the year 1963, the church was registered
in Chennai, in the name, Ceylon Pentacostal Mission . The Authorities are renewing the registration in the
same name. which was registered in the year 1963. The church is still continuing in the same name and in
the doctrine and faith which Pastor Paul has fixed.

Pastor Paul’s body became weak because of the continuous travel and restless administrations. After a
meeting in Chennai, he was afflicted of body weaknesses, and spent the last moments with God. In 1945,
July 4, he died and joined in his expected pivotal house. ie; Zion. After that, the church was led by his
elder son Pastor Freddy Paul and then Pastor. A.C.Thomas became the leader and led the church to glory.
After the demise of the Holy Apostles, it was administered by a leading committee, who had no divine vision
and had no direction from God and the human plans were implemented by a group of advocates, and I.A.S.
officers. The new leaders are continuing in the name as T.P.M., as per the Company’ s Act, who destroyed
the revelation given by God to Pastor Paul, Pastor Freddy and Pastor A.C.Thomas. Pastor Jacob Ratna
Singh, Pastor T.U.Thomas, Pastor C.K.Lassarus, Pastor T.U.Thomas, all led a life which was against the
will of God and died. Now, Mr.Wilson, who is in Malaysia, a member of the T.P.M., is leading the church
as per the Company’s Act. Vesly, who is from Kayamkulam and Mr. Joy Pich in Sri Lanka are now acting
behind the scene. The Holy Spirit was brooding and hatching on the church to lead the church to the
experience the church enjoyed in the beginning periods after Pastor A.C.Thomas. Because of that, certain
developments took place in the year 1984 and now this church is working in Kerala, in different states of
India, in foreign countries, which is in parallel to the doctrines and visions of the church and in the name of
Ceylon Pentacostal Mission. The main responsibility lies in Pastor Chandy. The work, faith, holiness and
doctrines which God has started, will abide till the second coming of Christ.

History of Ceylon Pentecostal Mission, from the website: http://ceylonpentecostalmission.org/default.asp,
Accessed from the link:http://ceylonpentecostalmission.org/history.htm
Accessed on 6th November 2008

Ram (2008-12-04 15:31:47)

Praise God!!! That’s really great testimony for the living god.

1.2.11 Hema John (2008-11-08 13:20)


1.2.12 A V M Rajan (2008-11-08 13:23)


1.2.13 Shekar (2008-11-08 13:26)


1.2.14 Anil Kant (2008-11-08 13:26)


1.2.15 Sungeeta Jain (2008-11-10 12:18)

I would like to share with you about three life-changing events.

The Accident - sungeetajainThe first event happened when I was ten years old. One moment I was
sleeping in the back seat of my parents’ car with no worries in the world, and the next moment there were
ambulances all around, and doctors telling my parents I would never walk again. Before the accident, I
was a normal ten-year-old girl. I could walk and run and jump and dance. But, after the accident I found
myself confined to a wheelchair, unable to move or feel my legs. I spiraled into depression. Everywhere I
went, people stared at me and felt sorry for me. I felt sorry for myself. At the age of ten, I felt like my life
was over. My dreams would never come true. I would be an invalid for the rest of my life.

The Pageant - Now, I am going to skip over the second life-changing event for a few moments and
share with you about the third life-changing event. The third event happened when I was in the twelfth
grade. I was invited to participate in the Miss Teen of Washington Pageant (a beauty pageant for the
state I live, it is like the qualifying pageants for Miss India or Miss Universe, but it is for teenagers). My
first reaction was that that there was no way I could enter this competition. I had never heard of a girl
in a wheelchair entering a beauty pageant, let alone seen a beauty queen in a wheelchair. But my parents
encouraged me to pray and seek God’s will. So we prayed and God told me to enter the competition. God
also told me that if He has given me a talent, then I should use the talent, and when people say job well
done, I should give Him the glory. God also told me to thank Him in all things, good or bad, because He
is in control and can turn any situation around.

With this guidance, I entered the competition. From the first moment, everything seemed to be go-
ing wrong. When I arrived at the venue for the competition, which was almost 2 hours away from my home,
I remembered that I had forgotten some of my important paperwork at home. That evening I arrived at
the competition around 6:00 PM and assumed they would provide dinner, but they did not. I went to bed
hungry. That night, I could not sleep; I was too scared, nervous and excited. The next morning, I was up
and ready, way before the wake-up call ever came, waiting for my breakfast. It was supposed to be delivered
to our room. But, as luck would have it, my room was conveniently forgotten!

The competition began and it was time for the Interview, which was worth 25 % of the final score.
In the interview, we went before a panel of three judges who could ask us any questions for five minutes.
The interview started off okay as I shook the three judge’s hands, and we exchanged greetings. We conversed
for a bit, then one of the judges asked me, ”you are in a wheelchair, why are you here?” Upon hearing this
question, I began to cry. Not only was I nervous, hungry, and sleepy, but it was a difficult question for me.
I did not know why I was there. There were about 30 girls in the competition and I was the only one in a
wheelchair. I was not like the other girls. Perhaps the judge was subtly telling me that I did not belong.

Still, the interview continued, and through my sobs and with tears rolling down my cheeks, I contin-
ued to answer questions. Just as I stopped crying, time was called, and I had to leave.

I went up to my room and phoned my mom. I had never thought that I would win the competi-
tion. My goal had been to be in the top eight. Now that I had cried during the interview that was worth 25
% of the final score, there was no chance that I would meet my goal. As I told Mom what had happened, she
simply reminded me that God had said to thank Him in all things even if they didn’t appear to be ”good.”

In obedience, a weak, ”Thank You Jesus,” proceeded from my lips.

The next day the final pageant began on stage. They began to announce the top eight. Each time
a name was announced, my heart fell. Even though I knew I would not be called as a finalist because I had
cried during my interview, I still wished that I would. By the time the seventh finalist was announced, I
had pretty much given up. I looked around me and picked the prettiest girl, expecting that her name would
be called next. To my surprise, I heard my name. I began to praise the Lord.

That night continued like a dream. From the top eight, I made it to the top four. I could feel God
helping me every step of the way. He was telling me what to say. He was guiding me on what to do. Soon
it was time to announce the runners-up and the new Miss Teen of Washington. They began with the Third
and Second Runner-ups. I was sure that I would be one of them, but each time, a different name was
announced. Finally, only another girl and I were left on stage. I looked at her and she was tall and thin and
experienced with pageants. So, I prepared myself to be second place.

The first Runner-up was announced, and when I didn’t hear my name, I just burst into tears. Never in my
wildest dreams had I ever thought that I would be the new Miss Teen of Washington and the first person in
a wheelchair to ever win a pageant against other able-bodied girls.

This is not my victory a lone, but also my Heavenly Father s. The first question I asked the judges
was, How could I make it even to the top eight when I cried during the interview? I was told that I had
received the highest score in the interview portion. The judges told me that I was a teenager and they had
asked a difficult question. The fact that I hadn’t just run out of the interview in tears, but had stayed to
answer every question showed strength and courage. Like the Lord had said, ”Thank Me in all things and I
can turn any situation around.” He turned the hearts of the judges around.

The Transformation - Now, you may wonder how I went from being this depressed ten year old who
felt like her life was over, to having the strength and courage to try out for the Miss Teen of Washington
Pageant. The answer is the second life-changing event, when my family and I came to know Jesus.

I am from a Jain family. We were a very religious family, especially after the car accident. After
the accident, people sent my parents prayers from all over the world saying, ”If you say this prayer this
number of times every day, your daughter will be healed.” My mom was praying from morning to night to
all of the different gods and goddesses, in hopes that I would be healed. But nothing happened. Mom had
a constant headache. She was always tense; trying to ensure that she did not forget to repeat any of the
prayers people had sent her.

My parents spent thousands of dollars giving offerings to religious teachers who would say ”If you
give us this much money, we will perform a ritual and your daughter will be healed on such-and-such date.”
But, the dates came and went and there was no miracle. There was only tension, sorrow and discord in my

Then we met a Christian man who began coming to our house to pray for my healing. As he read
to me from the Bible and began to tell me about Jesus, I was confused. I had always thought that God was
angry with me and that is why I was in this wheelchair. I believed I was being punished for my bad karma
or sins. But this man was telling me Jesus was not like that. Jesus came to forgive us for our sins, not to
punish us for them. He told me that Jesus loves me. He loves me so much that He died for me. I don’t
know when or how, but I started to believe in this Jesus, this God of love and forgiveness.

The man then introduced us to a Christian family that began inviting us to church. Without fail,
they would invite us to attend church with them every Sunday and Wednesday. My parents were not
interested in going to church. However, they decided that the only way to stop the family’s constant calls
was to go to church and then to tell them, We did not like it, so we are not coming back again.

One night, my Mom, Dad and I went to church. My parents prayed a silent prayer in their hearts,
”Jesus if you are real, show us something today, otherwise we are not coming back.” I prayed, ”Jesus, I know
you are real, show my parents something tonight or else I know they will never come back again.”

After the service, we were invited to go to the front of the church for prayer. The ladies gathered
around me and started to pray with me, telling me to say ”I need you Jesus. I love you Jesus.” But, as I was
trying to pray, all of the sudden, I found I couldn’t speak. Soon someone said I was being filled with the
Holy Spirit. My parents did not know what this Holy Spirit was, but figured since it was ”Holy,” it must
be ok. A little while later, however, someone said this was not the Holy Spirit, but a bad spirit and they
would have to cast it out. They said the whole church would fast and pray and to come back on Sunday
and the spirit would be cast out.
We began attending every church service. The people would pray for me, but nothing would hap-
pen. They were unable to cast out the bad spirit. The fourth time we went to church, Mom was feeling
frustrated and angry. She felt like we were stuck. Because there was this bad spirit we had to come to this
church, but the church members were unable to do anything. That night Mom refused to go forward at the
end of the service or pray as she was being told to. Up until that day Mom had never prayed to Jesus. Even
in church she had just said her own prayers. But that night, Mom does not know why, but she joined her
hands together, knelt at her seat and said ”Jesus I need you.” As soon as she did this she felt a feeling that
she describes as melted butter going from the top of her head to the soles of her feet. It felt like God’s
love was showering down upon her. She said it was the best feeling she had ever felt. She said she would
have done anything for this feeling never to end. But, the feeling ended about 30 minutes later. Mom asked
what had happened and was told that she had received a touch of the Holy Spirit.

Now, curious about what this Holy Spirit was, Mom inquired further. She was told that the Holy
Spirit is a free gift from God that anyone who asks will receive. They told Mom that the Holy Spirit does
not possess anyone, cause them to lose their consciousness or force anyone to do strange things. Instead,
they told Mom that when you receive the Holy Spirit, He fills you heart with joy, peace and love. They said
that the sign that you have been filled with the Holy Spirit is that God begins to pray through you in a
language you do not understand.

Mom did not fully understand what they were talking about, but said to herself, ”If a touch of this
Holy Spirit is so good, the entire thing must be awesome. I want whatever it is.”

A week later on Monday, Mom sent us all off to school, telling us that she intended to pray until
she was filled with the Holy Sprit. She began to pray and soon she had said everything she could think of
saying. She was sitting, waiting on God, with her mouth slightly open, when all of the sudden she began
to speak in a language she didn’t understand. Immediately she was filled with such joy, that she danced
around the house (and if you know my mom, she does not dance, that was the joy of the Lord in her).
When we came home from school Mom was laughing. We had not seen her this happy since the accident.

That night Mom prayed for my dad, placing her hand on his heart. Dad had a very bad heart con-
dition. He could not walk one city block without stopping due to chest pain. The very next day Dad walked
from his office, 0.7 miles all uphill without stopping. Praise God! This was the first physical miracle we

By the end of the week, my eldest sister said she wanted to receive the Holy Spirit. She began to
pray and two minutes later, she was filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in that other language. Seeing
this, I did not want to be left behind. So, I started praying to receive the Holy Spirit also. But, as soon as I
started to pray, again, I could not speak. We started to cast out the bad spirit as we had seen them do in
church. But nothing happened. We called the Christian man who had first told us about Jesus and prayed
with him for 2 hours over the phone. Still, nothing happened. Finally the man said, ”I don’t think this is a
bad spirit, I think this is the Holy Spirit. Say ’thank you Jesus’ and see what happens.”

As soon as we thanked God for the Holy Spirit I started speaking in an unknown language. It had
never been a bad spirit; it had been the Holy Spirit all along. The people at that church had just failed to
properly recognize it. Now that we think back, we see how it was all in God’s perfect plan. The first time
we went to church, I was filled with the Holy Spirit. However, it would have meant nothing to my parents.
They would never have come back to church. But because they thought it was a bad spirit, they kept going
back to church to have it cast out, and in the process Jesus worked in their hearts and showed us all who
He is.
The next day my other sister and my father were filled with the Holy Spirit. My family has been
following and serving Jesus ever since. Immediately, the joy, peace and happiness returned to my family
that had been missing for four years. We went from being a family that never smiled, to smiling so much
that people often ask us, Why are you so happy all the time?

My little brother was only five years old at the time. For years his faith in Jesus was based solely
on our faith in Jesus. But, that changed the summer after my brother turned thirteen. He was diagnosed
with a rare and fatal kidney disease. The doctors told my parents that my brother would be on dialysis by
the end of the year and dead in three years. Normal kidneys secrete 0-150mg of protein a day. My brother
was leaking over 9000mg of protein in his urine. The doctors gave us no hope. Our only hope was Jesus.
And when you put your hope in Jesus, He does not let you down. Within one year, despite the doctor s
predictions, my brother was completely healed. His protein levels went from 9000mg to 6mg. Today my
brother is baptized in the Holy Spirit, loves God and is completely healed. The doctors are amazed at what
they themselves admit is a miracle.

The Promise - Some people look at me and say, But you are still in a wheelchair. Jesus has not
healed you. So, what is the big deal? But, Jesus has promised me that He will heal me in His time. When
I was fifteen years old, Jesus spoke to my mom and told her, Millions of people will know about Sungeeta
before I heal her. At the time we questioned how millions of people could know about an ordinary girl.
However, after I won the Miss Teen of Washington Pageant, my story went in television and newspapers all
over the world and millions of people knew about me. If the first part of what the Lord said has come true,
the second part will come true as well. He will heal me. Right now the Lord has said that He will take us
around the world to preach the Gospel and as we lay hands on the sick they will recover. Then He will heal

The Lord has been doing just that. Within months of coming to know Jesus, my family was lead
by the Spirit to embark on our first mission s trip to India. The Lord promised that His angels would go
before us and He would give us the words to speak. He is true to His word. All we had was the simple faith
that all things are possible in Jesus name and no matter what, Jesus is stronger. As we laid our hands on
the sick and oppressed, all we knew to do was to say, In Jesus name. Then we would pray in the Holy
Spirit language. The Lord did the rest. People would spontaneously begin repenting. Evil spirits began to
flee. The sick were healed. Many were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

We continued these annual trips, seeing the Lord do amazing miracles both in India and the US. In
the early years, we mostly shared the love of Jesus with our friends and family. But, in the summer of 2002
the Lord spoke and told us that He now He was going to take us not only to our family, but to the people of
this world, to share His love. After that, God opened the door for us to minister in churches, hospitals, slum,
schools, businesses, conventions, street corners, marketplaces, and just about anywhere people will listen.
We have seen people healed of all manner of diseases, financial difficulties, job issues, tension, addictions,
and oppression, as we pray in the name of Jesus.

The Future - On September 1, 2005, my mother and I were supposed to fly back from India to the
US after a 5 week mission s trip. Just a few hours before our flight, my sister and I went to the market. A
ten-year-old boy, Sakir, approached me and asked me to purchase the lotus flowers he was selling. I noticed
that there was something wrong with Sakir s eyes.

Is there something wrong with your eyes? I asked.

Sakir nodded, Yes. He told me that he had a congenital cataract in one eye. As a result, he had
been blind in his right eye since birth.

I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me, and I blurted out, If we pray for your eye, Jesus can heal it.
Can we pray for you? As soon as I said this, I felt a surge of panic run through my body. What was I
saying? What was I thinking? What if God didn t do it? I tired to back-peddle, qualifying my statement.
But the Holy Spirit stopped me. So, in faith I repeated, my voice shaking a bit, If we pray for your eye,
Jesus can heal it. Can we pray for you?

Sakir was shy, and perhaps a little confused, but he agreed. Right in the middle of the marketplace,
I reached my hand out and placed it on Sakir s forehead. My sister and I began to pray. After saying
a short prayer, I asked Sakir if he felt any improvement. Honestly, I did not expect that anything had
happened. But, to my surprise, Sakir responded and said he could see more clearly. I felt the faith within
me rise. With excitement, I asked Sakir if we could pray again. This time he immediately jumped on the offer.

We prayed a few times and the Lord restored vision to Sakir s eye. Word of the miracle spread
through the marketplace like wildfire. People began asking for prayer and the Lord began performing
miracles. A crowd of approximately thirty people formed around us. That night we saw many vision
problems healed as well as healings from a variety of pains. Four people were even filled with the Holy
Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

With this unexpected, mini-revival breaking out, how could we just fly back to the US? God had
greater plans. I begged my Dad to change my Mom s and my flight back to the US.

Starting the next day, random people began coming to our home in India for prayer. Over the next
ten days, everyday, twenty to thirty people came over for prayer. Many were healed and filled with the Holy
Spirit. We saw the Lord heal asthma, arthritis, hernias, slipped discs, sinus problems, eyesight problems,
and hearing problems. The last day a lady who did not have an eardrum started to hear. Some of the
people even had their healings medically verified.

During the ten days that we stayed over in India after the miracle in the marketplace, God began
to work in our hearts. At first, we tried to deny it, but we knew that the Lord was calling Mom and me back
to India. He was calling us back to the people, who in less than a fortnight had made their way into our hearts.

We left India on September 11. I returned to work (as a lawyer) in the US on September 13. On
September 16, I gave notice at my job (I was a fifth year associate at a large Seattle-based law firm). In the
flesh, it was not easy to do. I was turning my back on all that I had worked for&all that I knew&trading
it in for the unknown. But, in the Spirit I knew I had no other choice.

On November 11, Mom and I moved back to India to start The Orphanage Project and to work as
God leads us.

The Challenge - Jesus has completely changed our lives and He can change your life too&if you give
Him a chance. As soon as we came to know Jesus and were filled with the Holy Spirit, instantly, the joy
and happiness returned to my family. God, who had once seemed so far away, is now right here with us.
When we pray we no longer wondered if God hears our prayers, but we know that He not only hears our
prayers, but He answers them as well. When we cry we no longer wonder if God sees our tears, but know
that He not only sees our tears, but wipes them away. When we are happy we no longer wonder if God sees
our happiness, but know that He not only sees our happiness, but celebrates with us. God is real to us.

Believing in Jesus does not mean changing your culture or your heritage. I am still very much In-
dian. I am a strict vegetarian. I wear ethnic clothing. I speak Hindi. I observe cultural traditions. Believing
in Jesus simply requires a change of heart and a new relationship with our Creator.

I do not expect you to believe in Jesus because of what you have just read. I did not believe in Je-
sus because of anything anyone told me. I asked Him to show me if He was real. He did. In the same way,
if you ask Him, with an open heart and mind, to show you His reality, He will. Close your eyes and ask Him
now. You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain. Just pray, Jesus, I need You. I want to know You.
Show me Your reality.

Source: Sungeeta Jain - A Queen in His Kingdom, taken from the website: www.jesusbranded.org,
from the link
http://jesusbranded.org/index.php?option=com content &view=article &id=16 &Itemid=61, accessed on
10th November 2008

1.2.16 Amar Singh (2008-11-10 12:19)

My Friend asked me for the first time to come to a prayer meeting , he said my life would be changed
I Thought How can my Life be changed through Prayers ? At that time my Hair were Very long , I had not
got a haircut in 2 years ,My Frends Always said ”come with us and Fight with Someone because u will Help
us Through ur Long Hair through your Don type of Looks.

I was Always ready for my Frends, My Family was very Angry at me my Father always asked me to get a
haircut or he said ”Police will Catch u bcoz of ur Looks , But I didn’t care About that.
My father also said to my Frends take Money if u want but Please do something so that my son gets a
haircut . But that Plan Also did not Work,
But when i came home After the Prayer ,My heart said i should get a haircut .
I dont know why wht happen and i said to my frend lets go to some hairdresser before going home.
then after i reached my home my parents saw me and they were Shocked...

They Said Wht Happen? How did u get a Haircut ?? Then I told My Parents that This is the Effect
of Prayer they Prayed for Me and the Result is Here.. Then I Liked Going to Prayers and I Liked Mandir
Pooja Paath Also, I Always Thought That all Gods Are the Same .. dosn’t Matter if Its Ram , Sai, Hanuman,
Jesus Christ OR 33 CRORES DEVI DEVTAS.....

But then one day i thought about The One God who Created the world and came in flesh on earth and he
Died For Our Sins And after 3 days he rose again.He Loves us,And if we repent of our sins and believe in
JESUS then we will be saved from the slavery of sin. Hanuman or Ram or 33 CRORES devi devta Allah,and
all the Prophets did not die for our sins and they all are human beings. And After that I am Saved by the
Grace of God and Came to Know the Truth of Life, and My Family is Happy That i am a Christian Bcoz Its
not About Any Religion it is a Reationship, a Relationship with only True God Jesus Christ, Praise Jesus,
My Aim is Only One in my Life and that is to Spread the Good News ( Truth of Life) Everywhere thats it,
Praise the LORD

God can be found through His true and complete Word, the Bible. Please, seek Him now, before it is
too late. Seek Him through His Word to you, the Bible.

Source: Amar Singh, taken from the website: www.jesusbranded.org, from the link
http://jesusbranded.org/index.php?option=com content &view=article &id=53 &Itemid=94, accessed on
10th November 2008

1.2.17 Shivanshu Aggarwal (2008-11-10 12:20)

I was born in a hindu family . life was pretty ordinary just like most of the ppl around me Religion for me
was nothing more than completing the religious formalities .Moreover I started worshipping Satan under the
influence of death metal bands ...by worship I mean I loved Satan and thought it was so cool ...religion
was for losers ” .

Even though all materialistic things provided a temporary sense of satisfaction , nothing in life seemed
meaningful . All the little moments of joy and happiness were hollow .
There was this void inside of me that I did not know how to fill .so I tried all sorts of things in order to feel
better and alive . I used to slit my wrists just to see how much it bleeds. There was a time when I took
money to beat people up.

One day I was surfing the net looking for music and stuff when a pop up window opened which told me about
the way to salvation, about the love of god ,it told me how Christ died for my sins and took the punishment
I deserved .it also said that it was not a coincidence that I was reading this right now and that its god who
has lead me here and wants me to know the truth ...I was the last person to be influenced by this kind of
stuff but something unexplainable happened and it just changed me completely ...it was like a door opened
in front of me and I saw a whole new world .

I started reading the bible and it kept answering my questions about life and about God .it was like God
spoke to me through the bible .

It was not like people had not told me about god before .my yahoo id was serpent satan666...many people
sent me messages asking me to repent and telling me the consequences of worshiping Satan but I used to
insult them by abusing them .

Now when I look back ....I can vividly see that it was god who moved my heart .May he bless you too
and lead you in the paths of righteousness for his names sake. Amen,

Praise god...our lord Jesus Christ.

Source: Shivanshu Aggarwal, taken from the website: www.jesusbranded.org, from the link
http://jesusbranded.org/index.php?option=com content &view=article &id=47 &Itemid=65, accessed on
10th November 2008

1.2.18 Aditya Bhadra (2008-11-10 12:21)

I belong to a Hindu family and didn’t believe in Jesus even though my mother had become a believer.

I used to make fun of her. In college, I fell into bad company and started smoking and drinking
and it became an addiction. I used to smoke 20+ cigarettes a day and used to get drunk frequently.

Then one night, I was caught by the warden of my hostel. He thought I had been drinking when I
wasn’t. I was expelled. I went into depression.

Then a friend invited me to church. At first I refused but after his constant bugging, I finally went.
And that day, the things that I heard touched me. I heard that Jesus loved me no matter how I was or
what I had done.
That Jesus died for my sins and if I believed in Him, I would spend eternity with Him. I started to believe
in Him and got water baptized that very moment.
When I came back to my room, I prayed to Jesus to make me stop all my bad habits. And the next morning
when I woke up, all those bad habits had vanished. I was a new creation! And since then, my life changed
People were amazed by seeing the change in me and I knew it was because of Jesus. Jesus then went on to
do multiple miracles in every step of my life. He cured me of jaundice.
He helped me travel. Through me, Jesus touched other people and they started to believe. I met wonderful
people who were believers.

And since then I have been loving and serving Jesus. Jesus can change your life too. All you need
to do is ask.

I belong to a Hindu family and didn’t believe in Jesus even though my mother had become a be-

AdityaI used to make fun of her. In college, I fell into bad company and started smoking and drinking and
it became an addiction. I used to smoke 20+ cigarettes a day and used to get drunk frequently.

Then one night, I was caught by the warden of my hostel. He thought I had been drinking when I
wasn’t. I was expelled. I went into depression.

Then a friend invited me to church. At first I refused but after his constant bugging, I finally went.
And that day, the things that I heard touched me.
I heard that Jesus loved me no matter how I was or what I had done. That Jesus died for my sins and if I
believed in Him, I would spend eternity with Him.
I started to believe in Him and got water baptized that very moment.

When I came back to my room, I prayed to Jesus to make me stop all my bad habits. And the
next morning when I woke up, all those bad habits had vanished. I was a new creation! And since then, my
life changed completely.
People were amazed by seeing the change in me and I knew it was because of Jesus.
Jesus then went on to do multiple miracles in every step of my life. He cured me of jaundice. He helped me
Through me, Jesus touched other people and they started to believe. I met wonderful people who were
believers. And since then I have been loving and serving Jesus.

Jesus can change your life too. All you need to do is ask.

Source: Aditya Bhadra, taken from the website: www.jesusbranded.org, from the link
http://jesusbranded.org/index.php?option=com content &view=article &id=44 &Itemid=62, accessed on
10th November 2008

iwant2breakfree (2008-11-16 18:41:34)
hi...i am aditya...i wanted to say thank you for posting my testimony here..actually this is just a short version of my
testimony and i feel it is inaccurate to fully explain my conversion experience...i have a series of 10 videos about every
detail of my testimony..is it possible for you to post it here? if yes, then let me knw and i will give you the links..my
email address is aditya@jesusbranded.org Thank you and God bless. Praise the Lord!

1.2.19 Sister Nirmala Joshi (2008-11-25 12:35)

Sister Nirmala, age 63, is Mother Teresa s successor as Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity. Born
in Ranchi in 1934 to a Brahmin soldier who came from Nepal, Nirmala Joshi joined the order at the age of
17, after converting from Hinduism. Her sister, too, embraced Christianity and became a Carmelite nun.
After joining the Missionaries of Charity, Sister Nirmala studied law at the insistence of Mother Teresa, who
often took her along during her tours abroad. The Mother s confidence in her abilities was evident when she
asked Sister Nirmala to open their homes in Panama, New York and Kathmandu.

She is a modest woman, and when she succeeded Mother she quietly said, Mother Teresa can never be
replaced. She is gifted with rare charisma that can never be acquired in one s lifetime. Sister Nirmal is not
without her own strengths as well, however. As spiritual adviser Father le Joly said, In her, Mother found
signs of energy, dedication, and charisma. When journalists once asked Mother Teresa what made Sister
Nirmala so exceptional, she replied, She is a Missionary of Charity

Source: Accessed from the link:http://home.comcast.net/ motherteresasite/nirmala.html, on November 7th


Sister Nirmala (born 1934) succeeded Mother Teresa as Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity in
March 1997.

She was born Nirmala Joshi into a Brahmin family in Ranchi (then in Bihar and now the capital of the
Indian State of Jharkhand). Her parents were Hindu Brahmins from Nepal. Her father was devout Hindu
Indian Army officer originally from Nepal.

She was educated by Christian missionaries in Patna (capital of Bihar state) but remained a Hindu until she
was 24 and learned of Mother Teresa s work and converted to Roman Catholicism.

Sister Nirmala has a master s degree in political science from an Indian university and additional training as
a lawyer. She was one of the first nuns to head a foreign mission when she went to Panama.

She later headed missions in Europe and in Washington D.C. in the United States, before being chosen to
succeed Mother Teresa. She was based in Calcutta as head of the order s Contemplative Wing, in which
nuns devote their lives to meditation.

Source: Wikipedia.org, accessed on November 7, 2008

A Part of the interview taken from Rediff.com

Right wing Hindu organisations have accused your organisation of being involved in conversions. How do
you react to the charge?

We don t worry about it. We must do our work to the best we can. And yes, our work must convert people s
heart. Our work shows God s love. That love has to change the heart of people.

Change the hearts of people to see Christ?

To see God in their lives. To see human kindness. To love God. To love one another. To ask pardon for
sins and become proper human beings. We, together with Mother, believe that people of whatever religion
should believe and live their religion to the best of their ability. And if God wants to give a person the
Christian faith, it is his choice.

Even I was a Hindu. Nobody made me a Christian. If anybody had told me to become a Christian, I would
never have become one. It was the grace of God that touched my heart and I became a Christian. This
conversion is only his responsibility. Nobody can make somebody be somebody.

So can you say with absolute conviction that the MoC have never indulged in proselytisation in conver-

Like forcing the people?


Never. Never. We serve people of all religions, all castes. They don t have to become Christians to get our
help. No.

Do you have many people expressing their desire to convert to your faith?

Some do, not many.

What do you do when someone wants to accept your faith? Do you give them some kind of training?

We initiate them in prayer. Those who really desire, we give them books to read. The really sincere ones
ask us questions.

Do you foresee trouble ahead for the MoC in an India slowly being overcome by the forces of Hindutva?

I am not looking into the future, but up till now we have faced no problems.

[Part of the interview by Sister Nirmala published in Rediff.com]

We have never forced people to convert , Mother Theresa the legacy, taken from the website link:
http://www.rediff.com/news/1998/sep/07mo ther.htm, accessed on November 7th 2008.

About the Conversion (as written by TIM MCGIRK in www.time.com) Selected writings

When Nirmala Joshi s parents, high-caste Hindu Brahmins from Nepal, put their daughter into a Catholic
missionary school in the 1940s, their intention was for the girl to pick up some English and arithmetic. For
that privilege, Nirmala s father, a devout Hindu army officer, was willing to have her participate in Christian
prayer sessions and Bible study. What he hadn t expected was that his daughter would convert to Catholi-
cism and dedicate her life to the poor. I was at the bus stand, recalls Sister Nirmala, when I first felt
Jesus was alive in my heart.

Nirmala s conversion was neither instantaneous nor untraumatic. After her bus-stop epiphany, she wrestled
with her conscience for seven years before being baptized at the age of 24. The defining experience, she
told TIME, was the Partition of 1947, when colonial India was bifurcated, Hindus and Muslims slaughtered
each other by the tens of thousands, and millions of refugees were left homeless and dying. There was so
much killing, Nirmala says. Everybody was just going mad. There was little compassion anywhere. She
headed off to Calcutta, which was then packed with refugees from East Bengal. There, two Carmelite sisters
directed her to Mother Teresa, who was spending her days tending to the poor and begging for funds to
buy food and medicine for her mission. It was inspiration at first sight, says Sister Nirmala. Here was
someone who could bring some compassion and a sense of destiny to people.

Source: FILLING THE BIG SANDALS, The Missionaries of Charity finally settle on a successor
to their ailing founder, Mother Teresa, BY TIM MCGIRK, NEW DELHI, Accessed from the link:
http://www.time.com/time/reports/motherteresa/t970324.html, on November 7, 2008

1.2.20 Naveen Balakrishnan (2008-11-25 12:36)

I come from a country named India, which is between one-third and one-half the size of the United States
of America, about the land mass on the east side of the Mississippi river. The estimated population of the
country is around 1 billion, and it is a crowded place. The country has been fed by three civilizations: Aryans
in the North, Mongolians in the North-East and Dravidians (who came from Australia) in the South. The
society is agriculturally oriented, and 80 % of the country’s population lives in its villages. The staple food of
the southern part of the country is rice, while it is wheat in the northern part. I was brought up in the fifth
largest city in India, Hyderabad, which has an estimated population of around 4 million. The literacy rate of
the country is around 57 %, and some of the people do not know even how to sign their names. Contrary to
the Chinese, whose main language of communication and instruction is Chinese, the medium of instruction
in most schools is English in India.

There are seventeen officially recognized mainstream languages and over 200 other languages that people
use. There are over 2000 dialects prevalent which further compounds the problem of communication. It is
generally safe to say that one who knows English can get by without many hurdles. India is secular (as per
its constitution) when it comes to its religious traditions: 82 % of the population adhere to Hinduism, 11 %
to Islam, 2 % each to Buddhism, Sikhism and Christianity and a number adhere to other beliefs constituting
a very small minority. The Christian population in India is around 21 million of which 18 million are Roman
Catholics. Christians are severely persecuted for their faith in scattered parts of the country. Some of the
Hindu fundamentalist groups have vowed to eradicate the name of Jesus Christ from the country.
I am the eldest son of the three, brought up in a bourgeois Orthodox Hindu Family. My dad was the sole
earning member in the family, and my mother was a homemaker. There was barely enough for us to get by.
My dad was an alcoholic and a chain smoker. To add to our grief, he gambled his income away in horse
races and the like. He was very short-tempered, and there was absolutely no respect for him, even though
my mother did tolerate his behavior. I was not doing well at school until the sixth grade, and my dad got
concerned. He started looking out for me, and that gave an impetus for me to do well; and within a couple
of years, I was at the top of the class. My parents always homed in on the point that an individual could
survive only through having an education. Being the eldest, I had to set an example for my younger brothers
to emulate, and they hated every aspect of it, for they could not match up! Getting into engineering or
medical school is only through fierce competitive written exams, and it is virtually a privilege to study in a
government-sponsored school.

I believed in what my parents believed, as it was handed to them through the traditions of their fa-
thers. I worshipped the idols, the trees, the sun, the moon gods and the like, diurnally. I was taught that
God manifested Himself in His creation; and hence it was appropriate for one to worship the creation, for
He was present in it. All the heavenly planets, including the stars, had some significance, and they had to
be worshipped, if one cared to be successful in life. It was a religion of penance – Be good and do good.
This religion was inherited, and I never questioned what I believed - after all, my parents could not be off
the mark. The order of worship incorporated giving reverence to the mother first, father second, teacher
(guru) third and finally God. God took the last place, for it is the mother who gives birth, father who
guides, teacher who teaches the way of truth and of the Lord, and then the Lord gets our attention. If the
Lord and the teacher appear at the same time, it was required for the sakshya (disciple) to bow down before
the teacher first, before paying homage to God.

Hinduism teaches that there is One God (Brahman - ”Great Soul”) and that there are a number of
ways that one can use to reach God. It believes that all of the ways lead to the truth. It advocates Bhakti
Marga (The way of devotion), Gnana Marga (The way of knowledge), and the Dharma Marga (The way of
righteousness - doing good) to attain salvation from the cycle of life. The way of transcendental meditation
- succinctly stated, ”The New Age Movement” uses Yoga as it s primary focus. It believes in reincarnation
and states that one has to excel in one’s good works over bad works to attain a better life in the next one
to come upon the earth. The course of the next life on the earth is determined by one’s karma (either good
over bad, or bad over good). If one has good karma, then the next life would be better than the present
one. If one has bad karma, then the next life would be degenerated to a lower level - probably be born as an
animal or a bird, if not a rotten human beggar. Vimukti (Salvation) from this cycle of life is through one of
the above mentioned ways by which you seek the Lord diligently. Some forsake their families and go to the
mountains and live like hermits, seeking God in the wilderness for the rest of their lives. For those who love
this worldly life and are ignorant, there is no redemption from this vicious cycle of reincarnation. If you are
lucky, you may get out in ten lives (one more than the cat!!!). To sum it up, Hinduism at its core is a works
religion and beliefs are very flexible, so that one can adapt to whatever one chooses. As to salvation, it is
what man does, and there is absolutely no participation of God.

I hated all the habits that my dad possessed, and I made a promise to myself that I would be a
better parent to my offspring when they come in due time. I was very self-centered, haughty in appearance
and attitude. I could never take no for an answer, and could never think of being the second best, with
the urge to being the winner all the time. I offered sacrifices (not animal) to idols, trees, planets etc., to
appease them and to win favors for my rather greedy living. I was not sincere in what I did. In other words,
I was the master of my own destiny. As we brothers grew out of adolescence, we began to reason with
our dad about his habits and stressed to him the importance of our education. He saw merit in our ideas
and abstained from drinking, smoking and gambling for a while, and his attitude towards us, his children,
improved. He has since started all these things again to a very limited extent. He has committed his life to
idol and sun worship since then, encouraging us to follow in his footsteps.

After competing with nearly 100,000 students to get into an engineering school (of which only 1000
make it), I worked hard to get into the mechanical engineering program in a very prestigious government
school for my undergraduate curriculum in 1985. The idea of the New Age movement appealed to me, that
it would make me a better person in the world. It promised a better life, filled with meaning, while in the
world it was a humdrum existence. Seeking God through transcendental meditation (TM) excited my being,
and I was taught by disciples of a guru Parmahamsa Yogananda, who was dead in 1952, way before I came
to be in this world. I was supposed to be meeting with God during the hours of transcendental meditations.
I would see flashes of lightning and bright lights and some times just utter darkness. I would get an eerie
sensation of my soul leaving my body, while it floated the heavens. TM teaches that one will be able to tap
into 90 % of the brain that remains unused in the lifetime of one’s being and recognize that one is a part
of the Eternal Consciousness. One dangerous aspect of TM is addiction. Once you get into it, it is difficult
to get out, though not impossible. As long as I was involved in meditation, it made me feel good; and the
moment I came out of it, I felt miserable each time. The outside world began to lose its meaning as long as
I was involved in it. The New Age movement, in contradiction to Hinduism, even though it is a part of it,
emphasized the importance of the teacher to be above parents and above God Himself. I did not experience
any of these feelings for any sustained period of time. Not wanting to be left out, I would concoct stories
to prove to my friends that I was better than they were. I did not want to be ridiculed and labeled not
spiritual, for much was at stake. About 25 % of the Americans were a recognized part of the New Age
movement in 1988. This number has been growing steadily in the last few years. The emptiness in my soul
was driving me crazy, for I longed to know the Creator of this Universe, for Solomon says in Ecclesiastes
3:11 ”that He (speaking of God) has set eternity in their hearts.” I persisted in this dream world for five
whole years before the Lord Jesus Christ encountered my thirsty soul.

After finishing my undergraduate program, I worked for an year. My classmates who had proceeded
to the United States for higher studies prompted me to apply to various schools, so as to pursue my higher
education and then to seek a better life out there. I applied to eight schools and was accepted at seven.
I chose to go to Kansas State University, in Manhattan, Kansas to do my master’s program in industrial
engineering. When I went to apply for the student visa in Madras, India, I was rejected, for the lady who
was interviewing me (behind a bullet-proof glass) was not convinced that I was going to come back after I
finished my studies. My friend who had gone with me to the embassy for the student visa, who was also
rejected for the same reasons, told me that he was going to try one more time the very next day. Please
keep this in mind: if you get rejected twice, you cannot apply for the student visa for the next two years. I
was not willing to take such a chance, but he prevailed over my stubbornness. We left for the embassy at
2:30 in the morning on July 17, 1990. There were already twelve students in front of us. Within the next
fifteen minutes, the crowd grew to more than 200. The embassy opened at 7:30 am, and we proceeded to
reapply. My friend, who was before me, was told by the one examining his documents to come back and
pick up his visa at 4:30 in the afternoon. I was utterly amazed, for this was the same guy they had rejected
yesterday, and I became very nervous. I had never stammered before, and I was too dumbfounded. I was
next in line, and the man examined my documents to see if they were in order and proceeded to ask a few
questions of me which I stuttered to answer. He asked me to come back at 4:30 to pick up the visa. I was
so exhilarated at the whole scenario, that I ran out of the embassy, lest they should change their mind
about it. When we came back to pick our visas at 4:30, they asked us to go to the interview room, for
they realized that we were rejected candidates. We waited for thirty minutes and we could see the same
lady who had interviewed us the day before sitting behind the glass. It seemed like thirty years. Finally, a
lady called and gave us our visas without any questions. We sighed a huge relief! The only thought that
crossed my mind, at that point in time, was that Americans were a bunch of hypocrites. The Lord would
show me how erroneous I was in my assessment at a later point in time, when He pointed out to me that
it was His grace that brought me into this country and that I did not make it on my merits. I ended up at
Kansas State University on August 16, 1990. Four months later, I transferred to Texas A & M University
in Bryan-College Station, Texas. Eight months later, after having a disagreement with my advisor, I moved
to Clemson University to pursue my master’s program in mechanical engineering in September of 1991.

I applied for the Clemson Area International Friendship program, which enabled international stu-
dents to meet with resident American families and become conversant with their culture and traditions.
This was a forum through which cross-cultural relationships could be fostered and nourished. This would
also enable the international student to adapt to his / her new surroundings. I and my roommates were
assigned a couple in Anderson (they were in the process of moving from Seneca to Anderson), Cheryl and
Andy Solvig. We were told that this couple would be contacting us within the next couple of weeks. Two
weeks, and there was no response from these people, and so I ventured to call the Student Coordinator,
Becky Powell, and the Host Family Coordinator, Ruth Canupp, to inquire as to why we were not contacted.
They called us back after a couple of days and said to us that we will be contacted by the couple in the
next week or so. Two months had passed and nothing was established. This couple, we assumed, were just
not serious about their commitment. I was really frustrated with this whole program and was planning to
give a piece of my mind to Becky and to Ruth. On November 1, 1991, the day that I was intending to call
these two ladies, Ruth called me in my laboratory and asked me as to what I was doing that evening. She
invited me to go eat dinner with her at a restaurant. Ruth and Ted came and picked me up, and we went
to eat at a Chinese restaurant with another Indian student, Rajat Charan. At a later point in time, God
would reveal to me that Ruth and Ted were His chosen vessels from the beginning for me to come to know
the Lord and that He knew what He was doing.

Ruth invited me to go to her church, First Baptist in Westminster SC, on December 1, 1991 (it was
Ted’s birthday). This was the first time that I had ever stepped into a Protestant church. Church to me
was just another place for meditation. Being involved in the New Age movement, it did not bother me, for
Christ was indeed one of the gods that I worshipped as part of the TM. The Sunday school teacher, Audrey
Smith, was very excited that I had come to church, and I could not understand her. There were at least 10
American students in my class, and not one spoke. I can understand their apprehensiveness, for I was too
feeling apprehensive in a like manner. It felt odd to be in a Caucasian class. A few weeks later, I was given
a Bible to read and was asked to read the Gospel of John, for I was going to the church on a regular basis.

I had read a lot of the ’so-called’ Hindu Scriptures, for my mother used to translate the teachings of
Upanishads and the Vedas from Sanskrit into Tamil (my mother tongue) and explain to us the mysteries
with great illustrations. I wanted to know what the God of the Bible had to say about Himself. So I
started reading from the first book, Genesis. There were interesting stories in Genesis and Exodus. The
book of Leviticus began to drag a little bit and the book of Numbers was the final straw. The same stuff
was repeated over and over again without exception in relation to the twelve tribes of Israel. It could be
likened to a record player gone bad, when it begins to repeat the same things over and over again. I could
not decipher that such a God could be so redundant. I dropped the book like a hot potato.

The people from my Sunday School and the church in general, especially Ruth, began to witness to
me about their faith in Christ as the only way to salvation. I was flabbergasted, that they would even dare
to communicate that I was a sinner and need of God’s grace. I became very cynical, and began to explain
that there was a world much bigger than the United States of America, with diverse cultures, traditions,
religions etc., and that it was ludicrous on the part of one to believe that Christ was the only way, truth and
the life. It was my understanding at that point in time, that all religions lead to the same God, for we all
believe in One God. To clarify my point of view, I used the mountain as an illustration. To climb to the top
of the mountain, not everyone uses the same route. So also, (God is sitting upon the top of this mountain),
different people use different routes (ways, methods) to get to this same God. We call one route (method
or way) Hinduism, an other Islam, an other Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism etc. Since
no one who witnessed to me did know how to answer this question, while knowing that illustration was
faulty at its core, I always had my way. They persevered in communicating the same message to me. Yet
there was not one to point out to me, (which the Lord revealed to me at a later point in time), how this
illustration fails.

When summer of 1992 drew near, I was bankrupt, having exhausted all my funds. There was no
more money for school or for living. I was in debt to the tune of $15,000 to my friends and to various credit
card companies. Ruth and Ted helped me financially through this time, though I was no relation to them,
to help pay some of my outstanding bills. They volunteered to help me find a job during the summer. This
was the first time that God humbled me. I had a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and yet could
manage only a job as a trash picking laborer in a construction company. I began to repay some of the
loans that I had taken and was hoping that I would be in the clear in about 18 months. The job lasted six
months and I was laid off in December of that same year. During that summer, I began with a new fervor
to read the Bible from the beginning and I went through the first hurdle in Numbers and hit the next spot
in 1 Chronicles, and yet I persisted on. During September, while working at the construction company, an
African - American man asked me if I believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior,
to which I answered ’yes.’ I do not know even to this day why I answered in the affirmative even though I
had not come to believe in Him as my Savior. I had grown a tremendous respect for His name and came to
regard the Lord Jesus Christ as a Good Teacher. This troubled me day in and day out. When I was laid
off, life came to a standstill. I did not plan to save money for the future, and honestly I was left with $8 in
the bank. I was too ashamed to ask for help, for I was not responsible in my stewardship of the resources
that God had granted me.

I survived on noodles for a month or so and was depending upon some of my friends who would in-
vite me to come and eat dinner with them. I could not live in this manner any longer. I decided to end my
life, hoping that my parents would be able to collect the money from the insurance and pay my bank loan
(I was not aware at that point of time, that the insurance companies did not pay any amount in case of a
suicide). As I pondered as to what I had done with my life, I had failed myself (in not accomplishing for
which I had come to this country), my friends from whom I had taken large loans and more importantly my
family, who had put so much hope on me that I would do well. This led me to the conviction that life was
not worth living anymore since I would only be a burden and would not have contributed in any positive
manner. As I stood on the bridge of Lake Hartwell on one evening, as the sun was peering down the western
sky in January 1993, I did not have the guts to jump over the bridge. I was well aware that if I jumped, I
would not come out alive, because I did not know how to swim and the water near the bridge was over a
hundred feet deep. Even if I had realized that it was a mistake after I had jumped into the lake, it would
have not helped me to come to the shore, and I surely would have drowned.

Like a bolt from the blue, I heard a voice saying to me, ”Naveen, go home, for I have better things
in store for you.” I am sure this is not the first time that the Lord had spoken to me, but definitely it was
the first time that I was all ears. Having nothing else to hold on to, I went back to the apartment pondering
upon the promise that had been made to me. Two weeks later, I was offered a job at Dynacast Seneca
(presently called SPM - Seneca) as a product machine operator on January 27, 1993 on the third shift. This
meant that I had the whole day to myself.

During the month of February, as I was reading through the book of Romans, I came to the verse
”All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” in 3:23 and was certainly aghast. The word ’all’ seemed
misleading and I thought that it was probable that someone might have made a mistake by incorporating it
in that verse. I did not believe people like Mahatma Gandhi, Ramakrishna Parmahamsa, Shirdi Sai Baba,
Guru Nanak Singh, to name a few, could have sinned, for they led very pure lives and gave themselves to
the service of the people and to the nation. I was flustered to read that ”the wages of sin was death, but the
gift of eternal life was through the Lord Jesus Christ” in Romans 6:23. As I reflected upon the very words
of Jesus ”I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” in John 14:6,
I asked myself how it is possible for so many people to go astray. That was indeed a very bold statement,
and I somehow felt deep within my heart that it was true. The way of salvation that Paul proclaims in
Romans 10:9-10, 13 ”If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God
had raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart, you believe unto righteousness and
with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation . . . . For whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved.” confused me all the more, for I did not truly understand the meaning thereof. The problem
was further confounded, when Paul writing to the Ephesians in 2:8-9 states ”For by grace are ye saved and
this not of yourselves. It is the gift of God and not of works, lest any man should boast.”

It was at this time that Ted shared with me his testimony as to how he came to know the Lord.
Why he did at such at a time, I do not know. At the age of 29 years, after coming back from the Second
World War, he walked down the aisle of a Baptist church when the invitation was given at the end of the
preaching hour. The pastor asked him a few questions such as ”Do you want to be baptized? Do you want
to join the church? Do you want to become an active participant in the Sunday School program? Would
you be faithful in your giving and attendance in this congregational body?” To all the above, Ted answered
yes, and he was baptized the very next week. One day, when Ted was reading through the same passages
that I have quoted above, he was in a real dilemma. He questioned his ”Christianity” and was at odds for
not having asked the Lord for the forgiveness of his sins and then turning to Him in faith. The Lord opened
his eyes to His marvelous truth and Ted came to receive pardon for his iniquities and was saved by the
Eternal God. Ted shared this testimony about three times with me in a matter of seven days.
God used Ted’s testimony to break my heart and made me realize that I was a lost sinner who was in need
of His forgiveness. I went on my knees and pleaded for His mercy and forgiveness.

The Lord gloriously saved me that very day in February 1993 and granted His transcending peace to
rest upon my heart. I asked God, ”If You indeed are Who You claim to be, what about my brothers and
parents?” He pointed to Luke 14:26-27 ”If any man does not hate his mother, father, brothers, sisters,
children and even his own self, he cannot be My disciple. If any man does not take up his cross and follow
Me, he cannot be my disciple.” I was scared to share what the Lord had done in my life with anyone,
including Ruth and Ted. Another reason that I did not share was of the fear of being rejected by the
congregation at First Baptist in Westminster SC. The church was totally Caucasian, and I did not want to
be left out, for I had come to love a lot of people in that church. I continued to study His word with great
fervor and learned the importance of prayer and fellowship with other believers, even though they did not
know that I was one of them. After three weeks or so, God placed a call upon my heart to leave everything
and follow Him. I was scared and I did not make much sense out of it. I called upon the pastor, Rev. John
Compton Jr., and asked him if he could answer a few questions that were bothering me and if he had fifteen
minutes to spare. He set the time at 1:00 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon in March 1993, and I made it to
his study with some apprehension not knowing as to how he would respond. I began to share with him as
to what the Lord had been doing in my life since the time I had come to this country to pursue higher
education in the field of mechanical engineering. His countenance was one of amazement, as God began to
open ’windows of vision’ of how He had worked in unusual circumstances in my life, even as I was relating
to the pastor. I could not believe what I was seeing and what I was saying. The God who my heart longed
after was there by my side all the time, and I had failed to recognize His presence and His work in my life.
I did not share all my fears with him that day and asked him to pray that the Lord would open the doors
to lead me where He would want me to be. However, the pastor gave me an invitation to join the church
if I chose to do so. I thanked him for the gracious opportunity and for his prayers concerning the Lord’s
will for my life. When I left his study, it was nearly 5:30 p.m. that afternoon. The very next day, I looked
into some of the catalogues of seminaries, though I was not very serious about it. I picked out Erskine
Theological Seminary, for our Minister of Education and Music, Rev. Timothy L. Bowen, was a graduate
of that seminary and decided to call them. I never followed through on that, but Ruth had called for an
application from that seminary in my name, and I received an application a few days later.

I prayed about the decision and joined the church the next Sunday. I informed Ruth and Ted about
my decision to join the church beforehand, though I suspect that they knew all along. It had snowed the
previous day, and yet there was a strong crowd on that Lord’s day. A lot of the people came forward with
tears in their eyes and welcomed me into their family as one of their own. I had never such an outpouring of
God’s love anywhere before. I came to realize only after a few months later that these people were praying
in one accord for my salvation and that they had sacrificed their sleep a part of the night to pray for me.
My heart was overwhelmed with deep gratitude and joy for having found a home with my brothers and
sisters in the Lord. In that day I had received a hundred times as many brothers and sisters in the Lord,
fulfilling His promise to me in John 10:10 ” I have come that they may have life and have life abundantly”
and in Mark 10:29-30 ” ’I tell you the truth,’ Jesus replied, ’no one who has left home or brothers or sisters
or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much
in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields– and with them, persecutions)
and in the age to come, eternal life.’ ” I did not pursue the calling which God had placed on my heart and
reasoned with my own self, saying that it was my whimsical idea, recognizing how important the salvation
of the Lord really was and the great need of proclaiming His salvation to the lost world.

The next six months were to set the stage for what was to follow in my Christian walk with the
Lord in His Spirit. I devoted myself diligently to the study and meditation on His holy word, communicating
with the Lord in prayer and in fellowship with other believers to worship and adore the Lord Jesus. The
Lord opened my heart to understand His Word in the light of His truth and grace. I learned to pray publicly
and yet had not shared my testimony with any congregation, though I did talk to a few friends of mine
about the salvation of the Lord Jesus. I did not let my parents know that I had become a Christian, for I
was afraid of being excommunicated and ostracized from the family. Being the eldest son, I had betrayed
the family and its traditions to embrace and serve the One True and Living God. However, I did inform my
parents that I was going to church on a very regular basis and they assumed that I was trying to conform
to the western society while being here. I was beginning to enjoy life out here and looked forward to the
good life that was in store for me in this country in the future. I had stayed here for three years and I liked
it here and wanted to spend the rest of my life out here.

Towards the end of September in 1993, the Lord burdened my heart one more time, asking me to
leave everything behind and surrender my life to His calling. I began to reason with God and tried to
bargain that if He would wait for a few more months, then I would get my green card and then I would
follow Him. I cried to Him and there was no answer. I struggled with Him for five whole days and my
days were miserable. I could not sleep, could not eat properly, lost interest in Bible study, could not pray,
lost interest in work, etc. I even pointed out reasons that I did not have the money to pay for the tuition,
which was a staggering $2,000 per semester. I did not have any form of transportation except for a used
motorcycle in a dilapidated condition. If I heeded the Lord’s calling, I would not have a place to stay; and
being a student full-time in the seminary meant I would not be able to even have a full-time job. I, a puny
character, was challenging God to take care of the situation, for I had no avenue, since I was still on the
verge of paying my debts both in India and in the United States. I have often wondered looking at this
incident retrospectively if God was smiling at me, as He says in Jeremiah 32:27 ”Behold, I am the LORD,
the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me?” Nevertheless, I conceded to His will and the day
I posted the application to the seminary in September of 1993, God’s sheer and transcendent peace rested
upon my heart and I knew it was the Lord’s will for my life. Fifteen days later, I received a letter from the
seminary stating that I had received a full tuition scholarship for the 90-hour Master of Divinity program.
The pastor’s wife, Mrs. Anne Compton, graciously gave her old car, a 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass (it still runs,
by the grace of the Lord), as a gift. Ruth and Ted told me that I could stay and eat at their house without
cost. God had now taken care of three of the four hindrances that I had pointed out. I went to the Quality
Manager in Dynacast and informed him of the Lord’s calling upon my life and asked him if I would be able
to work there (for there are no part-time employees in that company). He told me that he would have to
ask the General Manager and abide by his decision. One month passed and there was no answer from him
yet. I dared to ask him if I would be allowed to work part-time, and he said, ’Yes!’ I could not believe my
ears, for the Good Lord had taken care of my every need, even before I had started taking classes at the

I joined the seminary in January of 1994 and was very apprehensive about the whole program, for
theological education is a whole different arena. The transition took its toll on me, for it is was very vexing,
as if one was going from the concrete to the abstract. I had to develop, by the grace of God, a whole different
attitude to theological learning, for the concepts were mind-boggling to say the least. I was contemplating
whether the Lord intended for me to be in the seminary in the first place. It was at this time, that Dr.
Merwyn Johnson and few other seminarians who asserted to me, that ”this too shall pass.” It was their
encouragement at that moment which has kept me going strong even to this day. It was in the summer of
that year, after taking two classes in the Hebrew language, that I went with the youth group to Ridgecrest
Conference Center in Asheville. During that week, the Spirit of the Lord convicted me of my need to write
to my parents concerning the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. So far, I had only told them that I was going
to the church with Ruth and Ted. They were unaware, even though they might have suspected, that I was
a sinner saved by grace.

I began to elucidate in a warm and courteous letter, as to what they meant to me and how they
nurtured me in a culture in which they themselves were brought up. I wrote to them concerning the desire
of my heart to know the Lord of all creation and how in that aspiration I had ventured, in vain, to various
traditions which promised me that I would find God. I wrote to them, how the Lord, whom I was seeking,
sought me and saved me. I wrote to them, how I came to understand His grace and His providence for my
life and the calling that He had placed upon my life to follow Him and also, how the Lord came to fulfill
every need to prepare me for His service. By the time, I was finished writing, it took me eight days and ten

To read that letter click on the following link, [1]Naveen’s Letter To His Parents

I mailed the letter the first of August in 1994 to them. I called my parents after ten days, so as to
allow enough time for the letter to reach them, and spoke to them. They were very heartbroken and my
mother in tears, asked me to pack my bags, forget the seminary and come home. She told me that I was
misinformed, deceived by the people into following something that was not true. My dad stated that it
was okay for me ”to do as the Romans do while one is in Rome,” implying that once I moved out of this
country and went back to India, I could return to my former way of life. I had to respond to my dad and
indicate to him, that it is one thing to do as the Romans do when they are in Rome and to be a Roman
no matter where in the world you were thereby emphasizing my conversion to Christianity was not merely
cultural but an ongoing reality. It was not conformity to the western fad of living. My brother, Ganesh was
aghast and asked of me as to why I was intent to force another heart attack / stroke in my mother’s life.
The conversation did not end in a peaceful manner, and even some of my Hindu and Muslim friends were
opposed to my conversion. It has been a hard road since then, and I pray for them diurnally, asking the
Gracious Lord to intervene in their lives.

My mother had suffered a heart stroke when my brother, Ganesh, informed his intention of marry-
ing his girlfriend of eight years, who was of a different caste (Kshatriya) than my parents, who were
Brahmins (a step higher than the Kshatriya) in 1992. She was hospitalized as a result of this stroke for the
left side of her body was completely paralyzed, and she later came to know that a part of her brain had
suffered permanent damage. She had to be carried to the wedding ceremony of my brother, for she was
unable to walk. My mother did not talk to this girl (Navneeta) for over 6 months, while living in the same
house. Such prejudice is prevalent in that society, though people will not openly declare it. The Shudras
(the lowest caste - 3 notches below the Brahmin) were being saved by the glorious Hand of the Lord as
they turned to the Compassionate One, and Christianity has always been treated as a low-caste man’s
religion in India, by most Hindu believers. My mother had recovered from the paralysis after 1 ½
years, though not completely. That resulted in a remark from Ganesh, stating that he was responsible
for her paralysis on her left side, and he asked me if I was trying to kill her by paralyzing her on the right side.

They saw God’s salvation of my life as a betrayal of their faith. They thought that I was trying to
shirk the responsibility of the eldest son of taking care of my parents. Yes, I had responded in faith (which
again was given to me), but it was God Who had saved me. Luke 14:26-27 became a reality in my life. I
sincerely did not know how to deal with these people, torn between my love for the Lord Jesus and my love
for my parents. They could not understand as to how I could love them and still do something contrary to
them and to their beliefs. I have since been praying that much more fervently, desiring that the Lord would
graciously intervene in their lives, for Scripture reveals to us in Psalms 37:4 ”Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

In November of 1994, I was really overwhelmed by the amount of work at the seminary that I had
to do, due to which I was spending eight to ten hours each day just writing papers for the various classes.
The amount of time that I was spending studying the Bible was about ten minutes and another five minutes
devoted to prayer life. My social life was non-existent. The Lord began to deal with me and asked me as
to where my priorities lay? I was really ashamed of myself, and in the effort to do well at school, I was
sacrificing my precious time with the Lord. I committed to the Lord at that time, that I would spend at
least two hours each day, come what may, and started studying the Bible from Genesis to Revelation every
3 months.

The Lord has since then blessed me in such marvelous ways that I had more time at my hands than
I ever did before. He has given me a tremendous hunger to know His Word, and I am thankful for His grace
that continues to uphold me, even in difficult times. He has brought to remembrance a number of things
that He has taught me when I was perplexed by difficult questions posed by my friends who tested to see if
the faith I professed was real. It was about this time that the Lord showed me how the illustration of the
mountain failed. If all paths lead to the same God, with Whom there is no shadow of turning (in simpler
terms - He does not change), then the paths ought to be harmonious with each other, i.e., one path cannot
contradict another. However, it is very easy for one to see that each path contradicts the other and hence
that illustration fails. Moreover, if we could make it to the top of the mountain by ourselves, why do we
need God? For salvation does not depend upon what man does, but what God has accomplished through
His Blessed Son Jesus Christ.

Then came January of 1995, when I was short of funds in regards to paying the insurance on my
car and for the purchase of books for the following semester. I was out of work, due to the company
closing for about two weeks, and hence there were no paychecks to supplement the costs that were ahead.
With five days left to pay for the car insurance and not knowing how to resolve the predicament that
I was in, I committed this matter into the hands of the Lord according to the promise that He makes
in Psalms 55:22 ”Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer
the righteous to be moved.” Amazingly enough, at that very moment, a transcending peace rested upon
my heart, and I knew the Lord was going to take care of this matter. The third day, someone had
deposited about $500 in my bank account, a church sent me a check for $300 and another church sent me
a check for $135, and by the time the loose change added up, it totaled more than $1,100 in less than five
days. The Lord blessed my life more and beyond my need. Such a Generous and Gracious God that I do serve.

More and more of these instances have crept in my life, and the Lord has been faithful in every cir-
cumstance, reminding me of Matthew 6:33 ”Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all
these things shall be added unto you,” and of Proverbs 3:5-6 ”Trust in the LORD with all thine heart and
lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”
I have often wondered about His goodness to me and I am convinced that He cares for each and every one
in the same manner, for there is no favoritism with Him. I thank Him for the life that He has bestowed
upon me and continues to encourage me in my walk with Him. He has bolstered me to be a strong witness
for Him and continues to uphold me, inspite of my inherent weaknesses. I have had my struggles with Him
and have often questioned where my life was headed, for He was silent for a long time for, you see, the Lord
works in His own time.

Through these times, Ruth and Ted have been very gracious in putting up with my infirmities, and
the heartaches that they endured on account of me cannot be described in words. I am so thankful for their
prayerful support and understanding. I am also thankful to some of the precious brothers and sisters in the
seminary who enabled me to keep my focus on the things that were important and to maintain my priorities.
The Lord granted me a number of opportunities to bear witness to Him and to His work in my life to which
I have been faithful. I have been called to preach / teach the word of God in a number of churches, and I
am grateful for all these marvelous experiences as He continues to equip me in the work that He has for me.

I had been praying to the Lord Jesus for 2 ½ years to show me the way where He would minister
through me. The Lord asked me to wait upon Him, and it was really frustrating for I was nearing
the end of my preparation at Erskine Seminary. On March 24, 1996 (Friday), while I was in the New
Testament II class taught by Dr. John Blumenstein, the Lord spoke to me through His word - specifically,
the Epistle to the Philippians and said to me to follow Him to a place where they have had not had
the best which I interpreted to mean that He was calling me to go to India. Only later He would show
me how wrong I was in that interpretation. I was very apprehensive of that call, for one, I am not
even going to have my own family to support me in the God given ministry. Moreover, I know only a
handful of Christians, (Indians - not the ”wahoo” ones), the ones who had come to this country for a
visit during the past two years. I was sincerely desiring in my heart that He would ask me to stay in
the United States and minister as His servant; but I have committed to the Lord that I would do His bidding.

I called home on the following Sunday, to share the good news that I was finally coming home and
for good for the Lord wanted me to do so. I did not get to share that with them, for Ganesh informed
me that my mother was hospitalized because of congestive heart failure and probably needing a coronary
bypass surgery. See the irony of God, the day He calls me to go back as His minister was the very day
my mother ends up in the hospital. They were contacting a number of doctors to ascertain her present
heart condition, and nothing really came to any avail for a week or so. They came to know that three
arteries of her heart were completely blocked and that they needed to conduct the surgery at once. They
tried a few hospitals and came to realize that this surgery was above and beyond their means. My dad
had decided to sell the only apartment that was in his name, so that he could provide for the surgery. As
an act of desperation my dad asked me if I would be to contribute $ 6000 to $ 7000 for the surgery and
the medication that would ensue, which could thwart his plans of selling the apartment. At that time,
I had only $ 50 in my bank account. In case if he had to sell the apartment, where would he and mother stay?

I cried to the Lord and laid this matter before His throne of grace. I had asked a few people to
pray concerning this situation and many of them responded with their prayers and financial support. I am
so thankful to Dr. William Kuykendall (my Old Testament and Hebrew Professor) and to Myong Paik (my
Korean sister and seminarian in the Lord) and to Timothy A. Erskine (not the founder of the Seminary,
only a precious brother and a fellow seminarian in the Lord) for their diligent prayers and for their precious
financial support and concern for my mother. There were a number of others both at the First Baptist
Church at Westminster SC and at Erskine Theological Seminary who assured me that the Lord would take
care of this matter.

Within six weeks, the church and the Seminary collected $ 3,500 each to pay for mother’s surgery
and all I could say was, ”Thank you, Lord, for Your faithfulness,” as He reminded me of Joshua 1:5, ”No one
will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I
will never leave you nor forsake you.” I sent the money immediately to India, and they were able to pay the
cardiologist, Dr. Prasad, before the surgery. The surgery took longer than expected, and mother was having
breathing problems following the surgery and had to be put on the respirator. I could not sleep on the
night that she had her surgery and the night following the surgery, because she had breathing problems, and
prayed for her recovery. She was out of the Intensive Care Center within a matter of days and was discharged
from the hospital 9 days prior to her scheduled departure, and in that itself the Hand of the Lord was upon her.

The Lord has been really gracious upon her life, and maybe this will lay the foundation for her to
recognize that the Lord Jesus is very real and not only her but the whole family. During this time, I was
not able to concentrate on my studies, and the professors were very gracious in helping me out and giving
me extensions to finish my class work. I still have a long way to go, but ”He is the same yesterday, today
and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He has granted me to grow in the grace and knowledge of His dear Son,
my Savior through these incredible situations where He enables me to rely upon Him alone. These are
only a few instances that have been written down, and God will add many such chapters in the days to come.

The LORD in His time sent me a very godly woman by the name of Trena and confirmed in both
our hearts that He had chosen one for the other. The meeting with Trena was truly a God-ordained event.
We were married in February 1998 after which we moved to SC to pastor a church. When I was pastoring
Warrenton church, He indicated to me that this was the place He wanted me to serve. He would confirm
His call that I was in the right place where He wanted me to be because I was still under the impression
that I was going to be called back to go to India as His servant to preach and teach the blessed gospel of
our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. While we were in SC, the LORD blessed our household with the gift of
a beautiful daughter, who was named Rachel in Sept 1999. We moved to Iowa at the LORD’s bidding at
the end of 1999 and this is where we have been since. We both are waiting on the LORD for an open door
wherein we can proclaim the gospel of the Blessed LORD Jesus Christ with all boldness. We would covet
the prayers Of God’s people during this time of transition.

This transition would last about two years during which time He would indeed lead us through some very
difficult situations to teach us concerning how to be dependent upon Him for our every need. It has been
a difficult passage but we are thankful for bringing us through it to remind us that He is faithful and He
knows what He is doing through our lives for His honor and glory. When we found out that Trena was
pregnant with our second child in January 2001, we were elated. The pregnancy progressed without much
incident this time around (unlike with her pregnancy with Rachel wherein she was dehydrated a couple of
times and ended up in the hospital). On July 17, 2002, on a routine checkup, during an ultrasound the
sonographer got concerned and sent us back to the doctor. The doctor then scheduled for us to do a level
2 diagnostic ultrasound concerning the heart of the child in Trena’s womb the very next day, July 18th.
After 3.5 hours of testing and going through three different level 2 diagnostic, Dr. Mahone, the attending
physician, informed us that Mary had a condition called the Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. We had
no idea what this entailed or meant. We were then scheduled to meet with doctors in Iowa City at the
University of Iowa Hospital on July 19thsince the hospitals in Des Moines were ill-equipped to deal with the
baby’s heart condition which required immediate open heart surgery.

Our trip then to Iowa City was made on the following day, July 19, 2001 wherein we waited an en-
tire day trying to meet with the different physicians to get an understanding of what this heart condition
meant and what were the consequences of having such a heart condition. By about 5pm that evening it
was informed that this condition was pretty serious and that it needed immediate attention. We could not
meet with the neonatologist or with the pediatric cardiac surgeon on that day and it was scheduled for us to
meet with them on the following Tuesday July 24, 2001. At that point, we met with the OB-Gyn who was
going to spearhead the delivery and they indicated to us that they were planning to induce Trena on July
31, 2001 and our presence was requested there at 6 a.m. on that day at the University of Iowa Hospitals
at Iowa City, IA (about 125 miles from where we were living in Norwalk, IA (suburb of Des Moines). We
met with the Neonatologist that afternoon and then with the Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon who did a level
2 ultrasound and indicated that the child’s heart condition was pretty serious but now we were in good hands.

We proceeded to travel to Iowa City the afternoon before and spent the night at Trena’s sister’s
place. The next morning we got to the hospital early in the morning and they got her hooked up at
about 8:00 a.m. The child was born at 1:16 p.m. weighing 5 lbs. 12.5 oz and 17.5 inches long. We had
waited to find out what God had blessed us with and found out that the child was a girl and Rachel
that day became her big sister. We named her Mary Vishalam after her two grandmothers. She was
immediately taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and it was nearly 3.5 hours before we
were allowed to go and see her. By this time Mary was hooked up to a IV drip, called prostaglandin,
to keep her blood vessel (PDA patent ductus arteriorus) which connects the Aorta to the Pulmonary
Artery open so that she could have some oxygenated blood flow through her body. This medication
was put in place until such time she could be operated upon. The very next day, August 1st, they
had to put her on a nitrogen controlled environment so that they could monitor her level of oxygen
intake. Mary looked peaceful and calm on the outside while on the inside she was battling for every breath
to survive on her own. She was then moved to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on Friday afternoon.

On August 06, 2001 she was taken to the operating room at 8:00 a.m. and we did not hear any
news until 5:00 p.m. that the doctors were still working with her in the operating room. Finally we got word
that she was not doing too well and our pastor from First Baptist Church in Norwalk, IA, who was with us,
started the prayer chain and within an hour or so, her heart was functioning as it should be and the surgeon
was confounded, but we knew it was God at work hearing the cries of His children and responding to them.

Mary finally got out of the recuperating room at 7:30 p.m. and the surgeon met us and explained
to us that she was not out of the woods yet. They had lost her on the table, but she was given CPR and
brought back within a couple of minutes. She had about 15 tubes coming out of her and with an open chest
wherein one could see her little heart beating. We stayed around until 12:00 a.m. in the Pediatric Intensive
Care Unit (PICU) before calling it a night and retired to a Ronald MacDonald House a couple of blocks
from the hospital. At 4:15 a.m. Trena called the PICU and was informed that Mary had a rough time but
by now she had been stabilized with medication. At 5:00 a.m. the phone rang and the PICU nurse informed
that the intensivists had started CPR and told us to come right away. We made it there within 10 minutes
and the doctors were furiously working on her trying to revive her. After 15 minutes or so, the surgeon (who
had spent the night at the hospital) pulled us aside and informed us that they had been giving her CPR for
over 25 minutes and it was difficult to ascertain the brain damage that she had already suffered. He gave
us two option, one to stop CPR or the other to put her on EKMO Machine (Electro-Kardio Membrance
Oxygenator – in layman terms.. heart lung bypass machine). We asked for 5 minutes and we went out to
pray. We cried to our God and asked Him to grant us wisdom concerning the life of this child and what
decision to make. He made it clear to us that He wanted us to let her go into His hands. This was the most
difficult decision we ever had to make. We went back to the PICU and informed them to stop the CPR but
the doctors asked us to give them five more minutes since they had injected her with some medication and
allow them time to work through it. After our second insistence they finally quit CPR and we let Mary into
His loving hands as He had commanded us. We held the lifeless body of our child in our hands at 7 days
old as it grew colder and colder with each passing moment. There was a smile on Mary’s face as if saying,
”Daddy, Mommy, I beat you to Jesus.”

To check our second gift from the LORD, please click on the following link, [2]Mary Vishalam’s

We would learn a very difficult lesson through this struggle of losing Mary. God would indeed teach
us that He does not put upon us anymore than we are able to bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). He also reminded
us to Cast our every burden upon Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). He promised to sustain us
by His grace through every difficult situation (Psalm 55:22; 2 Corinthians 12:9). Finally, He would teach
us that He is working in all things for our good to us who love Him and are called in accordance to His
purpose (Romans 8:28). He reveals through His Son in John 13:7, ”What I do now you do not understand,
but you will understand hereafter.” He is Sovereign and we are thankful He has kept Mary from suffering
further upon this earth. His love was made manifest to draw us closer to Him as He met our every single
need through Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:19).

God would then proceed to provide for all our financial needs to meet Mary’s hospital and funeral
bills. We not only were in shock but God would bring us into a midst a number of people who had lost loved
ones. He granted to us an opportunity to share with that community of people how God had shown Himself
faithful even as He says in His word in 1 Thessalonians 5:24, ”Faithful is He that calleth you, He also will
do it.” About six weeks following Mary’s passing we were contacted by a Baptist Church in IL. Over the
course of the next three months, God would set into motion to bring the church and our family together. He
opened the door with an unanimous vote (the first one among the 12 they have had since it constituted in
1952) to be called as their pastor, which in itself was an act of God, and we started at the end of December.
The LORD has been blessing our ministry even as we had sought to put Him first in our lives and orient
our priorities unto His Own. The LORD further confirmed our calling to this place when He allowed us to
find a house to buy within 2 days during Thanksgiving weekend of 2001. God s grace is always sufficient for
all our needs for He sees our needs and sends an answer to it before we even become aware of it.

In February of 2002, when my dad’s health worsened because of a stroke followed by a heart attack,
the church granted us a month’s leave and allowed me to return to India to visit my parents. My dad
had lost over 60 pounds and was down to a meagre 100 pounds. We made our trip at the end of March
2002 and it lasted for four weeks. Trena and Rachel accompanied me on this trip. We were able to share
the gospel with my dad and he has started reading the Bible. It is our prayer that God would open
his blinded eyes to the glorious Gospel of His Son, our LORD Jesus Christ. Since our return, God has
been doing extra ordinary things at Paxton. Recently the church celebrated its 50th anniversary and we
are thankful to the LORD for being in the midst of it. We look forward to God’s working at First Bap-
tist Church to conform it to His will and to the image of His Son that He may be glorified all in all through her.

During my time here, God has impressed upon my heart that I need to be further grounded in His
truth. He has allowed me to see His passion for His people in this community and in this state. The LORD
has allowed us to see a great harvest and hunger in the lives of His people in this church wherein we have
had 15 people who are committed to reading through the Scriptures at least once a year. He has burdened
my heart to be a witness unto Jesus Christ concerning His glorious salvation with at least one individual a
day. He has allowed me to see His increase to His kingdom through bold witness like I have never seen before
in my life. He has granted me the privilege to see two young men surrender their lives to the LORD Jesus
Christ in response to His call to the gospel ministry and gave to me the privilege of mentoring them prior
to that and during that process. One is already at Southern Seminary pursuing the call to the ministry.
Right now, we are training members of this church to be bold witnesses to all peoples right here in this city
and surrounding areas. We had the privilege of holding our first ever evangelistic block party at the local
community park wherein we witnessed to about 75 and about 10 of them surrendered their lives to the
LORDship of Jesus Christ that very day.

These are only a few instances that have been written down, and God will add many such chapters
in the days to come.

May the LORD bless you and keep you steadfast in the days to come as you look unto the Author
and Perfecter of our Faith even the LORD Jesus Christ to whom be the glory forever and ever (Hebrews
12:1-2). Amen!!!!!!

To the Reader:

Maybe you have not been confronted with the gospel of the blessed LORD Jesus Christ in this manner
before. You may be asking what do I do now? Do not be concerned, the Bible gives us clear direction how
you can know Christ and have eternal life by believing on His name.

The first stage of your need is to Acknowledge Your Need. First, Agree with God that you have sinned, for
the Bible clearly tells us in Romans 3:23, For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. You
may wonder what sin is. Ask yourself this question, Have I ever lied? What does that make you? A Liar!!!
Have I ever stolen anything (value is not important if I take one dollar from your wallet or a $1000 dollars,
I am still guilty of stealing)? What does that make you? A Thief!!! This one gets me, Jesus said, If a
man looks upon a woman to lust after her, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Have
you ever lusted after a woman? So you see, by your own admission, you are a lying, thieving, adulterer at
heart!!! So if God judges you by these commandments on the Day of Judgment, Will you be innocent or
guilty? You know in your heart that you will be guilty just as I was. It also reaffirms to us that we have been
created in sin and that our nature is to sin from our birth (Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:20). Furthermore God
clearly states the consequences of our sins is death in Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death. Secondly,
Admit to God that you cannot save yourself even as the Bible informs us in Titus 3:5, Not by works of
righteousness which we have done. Furthermore our condemnation is made clear in Romans 3:20, Also by
the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified in His sight for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Thirdly,
Accept God s provision for you in Jesus Christ as He tells us in this well known verse in John 3:16, For God
so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish
but have everlasting life. For God made Jesus Christ our atoning sacrifice as stated in 2 Corinthians 5:21,
God made Him who knew no sin to become sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of
God, and in John 1:29, Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world. In other words,
Jesus took your punishment and my punishment for sin and paid our penalty on the cross. All you have to
do is to turn from your sin once and for all and trust in Jesus Christ and you will have passed from death
to life (John 5:24).

The second stage of your need is to Become His Child. It is really not that complicated. First, Believe
in the LORD Jesus Christ for salvation as He states in Acts 16:31, Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ and
thou shalt be saved. He has given you a very simple proposition as in Romans 10:9, If you confess with
your mouth that Jesus is LORD and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall
be saved. John further iterates in John 1:12, As many as believed on His Name, to them gave He the right
to become children of God. Secondly, after you have confessed your sins and repented from it, you need to
follow the LORD in obedience to His command to be Baptized in water even as Jesus commanded you in
Matthew 28:19, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father,
of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Thirdly, you need to start living a life that brings glory and honor to
the LORD Jesus Christ. You cannot do this on your own strength, but on the strength that Jesus provides
you on a daily basis, for Paul says in Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens
me. You do this by reading your bible on a daily basis to get spiritual nourishment even as God reveals
Himself through His eternal unchanging word. Read 4 chapters a day, (one chapter at breakfast, one chapter
during lunch time, one chapter during supper and one chapter before you go to bed. If you do this faithfully
starting from the first book of the bible Genesis, you would have read through the Bible in less than 10
months. Also, learn to Bring all your requests to Jesus Christ, meaning pray. You learn to pray by praying.
Praying is nothing but talking with God. I did not say, talking to, but talking with. You listen to God as He
speaks to you through His holy unchanging word. Then you need to find a church where you can join fellow
Believers to worship and fellowship. This means you need to find a local church where the Bible is taught
and preached. Last but not least, you need to Bear witness to others. Telling others what about Jesus has
done for you (Mark 5:19-20). Keep the focus on Jesus, not on yourself, since Jesus has commanded you to
be a witness for Him (Acts 1:8; John 15:27).

If you do know Him as your Lord and Savior, let this encourage your heart, and please continue to bear
witness to the All-Glorious Name Lord Jesus and may your life continue to be blessed by the Lord God
Almighty. Understand the passion that the Lord has for His people, and wholeheartedly accept that which
He lays upon your heart. For you see, He is the One who cares for you and asks that you cast all your
burdens and anxieties upon Him (1 Peter 5:7).

Praise the Lord, for He alone is Worthy. May the Lord uphold you in His Grace and keep you from stumbling
until He comes again!!!

Amen and Amen and Amen


MONY OF ”NAVEEN”, accessed from the link:http://home.illicom.net/ naveen/, accessed on November
7th 2008.
1. http://home.illicom.net/~naveen/letter.htm
2. http://www.babiesonline.com/babies/b/babymaryb

1.2.21 Inderpaul Singh (2008-11-25 12:37)

InderPaul Singh is a 23 years old Punjabi Christian in his final year of Mass Communications at TMC
Business School in Singapore. He has a deep love for comedies, spicy food and football - Liverpool’s the
best!!. He is a ’born actor’ and is actively involved in the Drama Ministry of Khush Khabri Fellowship. His
philosophy in life is ”A cheerful heart is good medicine” and ”Serving this generation with the Love of God
modelling the example of Jesus”

A New Creation

My name is Inderpaul Singh and I am from Singapore. I was born into a Sikh family and, so, naturally
followed the customs and rituals that were associated with Sikhism. I would go to the Sikh temple, as that
was the norm. That changed when my grandmother passed away in 1998, after which I never bothered
going to the temple. I thought that since GOD is omnipresent the need for going to the temple to pray was
redundant. Praying at home would suffice, not that I did anyway! All these were just convenient excuses
and I continued being apathetic.

My uncle brought me to Khush Kabri North Indian Fellowship for the first time in April 2004, and I
was kind of amused seeing the congregation singing and dancing during the worship. All my life in the Sikh
temple made me think that you have to be very solemn when it came to GODLY matters and worship,
yet here were people singing and dancing. After coming to terms with that, I sat through the message and
realised that what was being preached was totally pragmatic and I, a first timer to church, could relate to
it. Once the message was over, most people went out for some refreshments and I felt shy because I knew
no one there. Sensing this, Amit came and chatted with me. He was extremely friendly and very humble in
his mannerisms, which came as a shock. I found him to be a gentleman and from past experiences, almost
all of the aesthetically pleasing North Indians I knew were arrogant. So it came as a pleasant shock that left
me with a good impression of Christians.

I came to Khush Kabri a few more times in 2004 and finally on December 2004, accepted The Lord Je-
sus Christ as my personal saviour and God. The period that followed was not a rosy one: I had to deal with
a lot of personal turbulence and at one point I even regretted what I had done. But one thing I can say for
sure is that God was with me all through this period and I did not succumb to my problems. God gave me
the strength of character to overcome them and I can confidently say that God loves each and every one of
us. If God can bless an ordinary person like myself, then why not you? We just have to let him and trust
Him with all our heart. The ride that ensues will by no means be comfortable but even in your problems,
there will be a peace of mind that only GOD can bestow.

Source:Testimony of Inderpaul Singh, A New Creation, by Inderpaul Singh, taken from the
link:http://www.southasianconnection.com/articles/30/1/Testimony-of- Inderpaul-Singh/Page1.html, ac-
cessed on 17th November 2008

1.2.22 Rabi Maharaj (2008-11-25 12:39)

Rabi Maharaj is an Indian evangelist and founder of East-West Ministries. He is a descendent of a long line
of Brahmin priests and gurus and trained as a Yogi. Rabi was raised in Trinidad where he came to Christ.
He is the most travelled Hindu convert who has spoken to thousands in colleges, universities, churches and
crusades worldwide. Rabi tells his remarkable story of his journey to Christ in the book, ”Death of a Guru”
which has gone through several publications.

No matter how fulfilling life becomes, there are always certain regrets when one looks back. My
deepest sense of loss involves my father. So much has happened since his death. I often wonder what it
would be like to share it all with him, and what his reaction would be.

We never shared anything in our lives. Because of vows he had taken before I was born, not once
did he ever speak to me or pay me the slightest heed. Just two words from him would have made me
unspeakably happy. How I wanted to hear him say, ”Rabi. Son.” Just once. But he never did.

For eight long years he uttered not a word. The trance-like condition he had achieved is called in
the East a state of higher consciousness and can be attained only through deep meditation.

”Why is Father that way?” I would ask my mother, still too young to understand. ”He is someone
very special – the greatest man you could have for a father,” she would reply. ”He is seeking the true Self
that lies within us all, the One Being, of which there is no other. And that’s what you are too, Rabi.”

Father had set an example, achieved wide acclaim, and earned the worship of many, and it was in-
evitable that upon his death his mantle would fall upon me. I had never imagined, however, that I would
still be so young when this fateful day arrived.

When father died I felt I had lost everything. Though I had scarcely known him as my father, he
had been my inspiration – a god – and now he was dead.

At his funeral, my father’s stiff body was placed on a great npile of firewood. The thought of his
body being sacrificed to Agni, the god of fire, added a new dimension of mystery to the bewilderment and
deep sense of loss that already overwhelmed me.

As the flames engulfed him, it was impossible to suppress the anguish I felt. ”Mommy!” I screamed.
”Mommy!” If she heard me above the roar of sparks and fire, she made no indication. A true Hindu, she
found strength to follow the teaching of Krishna: she would mourn neither the living nor the dead. Not
once did she cry as the flames consumed my father.

After my father’s funeral, I became a favorite subject for the palm-readers and astrologers who fre-
quented our house. Our family would hardly make an important decision without consulting an astrologer,
so it was vital that my future be confirmed in the same way. It was encouraging to learn that the lines on
my palms and the planets and stars, according to those who interpreted them, all agreed I would become a
great Hindu leader. I was obviously a chosen vessel, destined for early success in the search for union with
Brahman (the One). The forces that had guided my father were now guiding me.

I was only eleven and already many people were bowing before me, laying gifts of money, cotton
cloth, and other treasures at my feet and hanging garlands of flowers around my neck at religious cere-

How I loved religious ceremonies – especially private ones in our own home or those of others, where
friends and relatives would crowd in. There I would be the center of attention, admired by all. I loved to
move through the audience, sprinkling holy water on worshipers or marking foreheads with the sacred white
sandalwood paste. I also loved how the worshipers, after the ceremony, bowed low before me to leave their
offerings at my feet.

While vacationing at an Aunt’s ranch, I had my first real encounter with Jesus. I was walking along
enjoying nature one day and was startled by a rustling sound in the underbrush behind me. I turned quickly
and, to my horror, saw a large snake coming directly toward me – its beady eyes staring intently into mine.
I felt paralyzed, wanting desperately to run but unable to move.

In that moment of frozen terror, out of the past came my mother’s voice, repeating words I had
long forgotten: ”Rabi, if ever you’re in real danger and nothing else seems to work, there’s another god you
can pray to. His name is Jesus.”

”Jesus! Help me!” I tried to yell, but the desperate cry was choked and hardly audible.

To my astonishment, the snake turned around and quickly wriggled off into the underbrush. Breath-
less and still trembling, I was filled with wondering gratitude to this amazing god, Jesus. Why had my
mother not taught me more about him?

During my third year in high school I experienced an increasingly deep inner conflict. My growing
awareness of God as the Creator, separate and distinct from the universe He had made, contradicted the
Hindu concept that god was everything, that the Creator and the Creation were one and the same. If there
was only One Reality, then Brahman was evil as well as good, death as well as life, hatred as well as love.
That made everything meaningless, life an absurdity. It was not easy to maintain both one’s sanity and the
view that good and evil, love and hate, life and death were One Reality.

One day a friend of my cousin Shanti, whose name was Molli, came by to visit. She asked me
about whether I found Hinduism fulfilling. Trying to hide my emptiness, I lied and told her I was very
happy and that my religion was the Truth. She listened patiently to my pompous and sometimes arrogant
pronouncements. Without arguing, she exposed my emptiness gently with politely phrased questions.

She told me that Jesus had brought her close to God. She also said that God is a God of love and
that He desires us to be close to Him. As appealing as this sounded to me, I stubbornly resisted, not willing
to surrender my Hindu roots.

Still, I found myself asking, ”What makes you so happy? You must have been doing a lot of medi-

”I used to,” Molli responded, ”but not any more. Jesus has given me a peace and joy that I never
knew before.” Then she said, ”Rabi, you don’t seem very happy. Are you?”

I lowered my voice: ”I’m not happy. I wish I had your joy.” Was I saying this?

”My joy is because my sins are forgiven,” said Molli. ”Peace and joy come from Christ, through re-
ally knowing Him.”

We continued talking for half a day, unaware of how the time had passed. I wanted her peace and
joy, but I was absolutely resolved that I wasn’t going to give up any part of my religion.

As she was leaving, she said: ”Before you go to bed tonight, Rabi, please get on your knees and ask
God to show you the Truth – and I’ll be praying for you.” With a wave of her hand she was gone.

Pride demanded that I reject everything Molli had said, but I was too desperate to save face any
longer. I fell to my knees, conscious that I was giving in to her request.

”God, the true God and Creator, please show me the truth!” Something inside me snapped. For the
first time in my life, I felt I had really prayed and gotten through – not to some impersonal Force, but to
the true God who loves and cares. Too tired to think any longer, I crawled into bed and fell asleep almost
Soon after, my cousin Krishna invited me to a Christian meeting. I again surprised myself by re-
sponding: ”Why not?”

On our way there, Krishna and I were joined by Ramkair, a new acquaintance of his. ”Do you know
anything about this meeting?” I asked him, anxious to get some advance information.

”A little,” he replied. ”I became a Christian recently.”

”Tell me,” I said eagerly. ”Did Jesus really change your life?” Ramkair smiled broadly. ”He sure did!
Everything is different.”

”It’s really true, Rab!” added Krishna enthusiastically. ”I’ve become a Christian too – just a few
days ago.”

The preacher’s sermon was based on Psalm 23, and the words, ”The Lord is my shepherd,” made
my heart leap. After expounding the Psalm, the preacher said: ”Jesus wants to be your Shepherd. Have you
heard His voice speaking to your heart? Why not open your heart to Him now? Don’t wait until tomorrow
– that may be too late!” The preacher seemed to be speaking directly to me. I could delay no longer.

I quickly knelt in front of him. He smiled and asked if anyone else wanted to receive Jesus. No one
stirred. Then he asked the Christians to come forward and pray with me. Several did, kneeling beside me.
For years Hindus had bowed before me – and now I was kneeling before a Christian.

Aloud I repeated after him a prayer inviting Jesus into my heart. When the preacher said, ”Amen,”
he suggested I pray in my own words. Quietly, choking with emotion, I began: ”Lord Jesus, I’ve never
studied the Bible, but I’ve heard that you died for my sins at Calvary so I could be forgiven and reconciled
to God. Please forgive me all my sins. Come into my heart!”

Before I finished, I knew that Jesus wasn’t just another one of several million gods. He was the
God for whom I had hungered. He Himself was the Creator. Yet, He loved me enough to become a man and
die for my sins. With that realization, tons of darkness seemed to lift and a brilliant light flooded my soul.

After arriving home, Krishna and I found the entire family waiting up for us, apparently having
heard what had happened. ”I asked Jesus into my life tonight!” I exclaimed happily, as I looked from one to
another of those startled faces. ”It’s glorious. I can’t tell you how much he means to me already.”

Some in my family seemed wounded and bewildered; others seemed happy for me. But before it was
all over with, thirteen of us had ended up giving our hearts to Jesus! It was incredible.

The following day I walked resolutely into the prayer room with Krishna. Together we carried ev-
erything out into the yard: idols, Hindu scriptures, and religious paraphernalia. We wanted to rid ourselves
of every tie with the past and with the powers of darkness that had blinded and enslaved us for so long.

When everything had been piled on the rubbish heap, we set it on fire and watched the flames con-
sume our past. The tiny figures we once feared as gods were turning to ashes. We hugged one another and
offered thanks to the Son of God who had died to set us free.

I found my thoughts going back to my father’s cremation nearly eight years before. In contrast to
our new found joy, that scene had aroused inconsolable grief. My father’s body had been offered to the very
same false gods who now lay in smoldering fragments before me. It seemed unbelievable that I should be
participating with great joy in the utter destruction of that which represented all I had once believed in so

In a sense this was my cremation ceremony – the end of the person I had once been...the death of a
guru. The old Rabi Maharaj had died in Christ. And out of that grave a new Rabi had risen in whom
Christ was now living.

(Editor’s Note: If you would be interested in a detailed account of Rabi’s conversion, his book Death of
a Guru is available on Amazon.com. Rabi is presently based in Southern California and is involved in
evangelism all over the world. He invites you to write to: East/West Gospel Ministries, P.O. Box 2191, La
Habra, CA 90632.)

Copyright 1994 by the Christian Research Institute.

Source:Death of a Guru - The Story of Rabi Maharaj, by Rabi Mahara, taken from the
link:http://www.southasianconnection.com/articles/24/1/Death-of-a-Gu ru—The-Story-of-Rabi-
Maharaj/Page1.html, accessed on 17th November 2008

1.3 December

1.3.1 Bro. Anil Kumar (2008-12-12 05:40)

[1]Bro. Anil Kumar\’s Testimony

1. http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=oF_Gz2WHorw

1.3.2 (2008-12-12 12:43)

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Who is Jesus Christ? Is Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus ) really the promised Messiah of Israel (Hebrew for
Christ ) of the Old Testament? Is Jesus Christ truly the Son of God & literally God Himself, the Divine
living within human flesh? Were Jesus Christ s claims that of a Liar or Lunatic & or is He really Lord of
the universe?

You may want to take a [1]tour of some of the major highlights of Jesus life. Or you may want to [2]preview
what people were saying before Christ was born. Of course, you may want to check out Jesus [3]claims
about himself. Some may be interested in learning about the [4]muscle Jesus exercised and the miracles he

Knowledgeable people will agree that Jesus Christ has made quite an [5]impact on the world. You may even
come to learn that Yeshua is indeed the promised Messiah of the Old Testament. If you prefer, you can take
time to further [6]investigate Jesus Christ s claims in the New Testament.

But after all is said and done, the key question for [7]you is, What does all this information about Jesus
Christ have to do with my life? Or, you may have other [8]questions. The following describes how you can
begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ today, experience forgiveness of your sins, receive eternal life,
and gain a whole new purpose for living.
Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, so are there spiritual
laws which govern your relationship with God.

1. God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.

(References contained on this page are from the Bible and should be read in context wherever possible.)

God’s Love

”God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish,
but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV).

God’s Plan

Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life?


2. Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and
experience God’s love and plan for his life.

Man Is Sinful

”All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own
independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active
rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.

Man Is Separated

”The wages of sin is death” [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23).

This diagram illustrates that God is holy and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two. The arrows
illustrate that a man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts, such
as seeking to lead a good life, philosophy, or religion - but he inevitably fails.

The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf...

3. Jesus Christ is God’s ONLY provision for man’s sin. Through Him you can know and
experience God’s love and plan for your life.

He Died in Our Place

”God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

He Rose From the Dead

”Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day, according to
the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to
more than five hundred...” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).

He Is the Only Way to God

”Jesus said to him, ’I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father,
but through Me’” (John 14:6).

This diagram illustrates that God has bridged the gulf which separates us from Him by sending His Son,
Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.

However, it is not enough just to know these three laws...

4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know
and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.

John 3:1-8

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He
came to Jesus at night and said, ”Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one
could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

In reply Jesus declared, ”I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

”How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. ”Surely he cannot enter a second time into his
mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, ”I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water
and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised
at my saying, ’You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you
cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

Scripture taken from the New International Version.

We Must Receive Christ

”As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God,
even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).

We Receive Christ Through Faith

”By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is
the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).

When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth

(Read [9]John 3:1-8)

We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation

[Christ speaking] ”Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens
the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20).

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives
to forgive our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ
is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for your sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an
emotional experience. You receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.

These two circles represent two kinds of lives:

Which circle best describes your life?

Which circle would you like to have represent your life?

The following explains how you can receive Christ:

You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer:

(Prayer is talking to God)

God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.
The following is a suggested prayer:

”Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and
You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the
throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, I invite you to pray this prayer right now and
Christ will come into your life, as He promised.

Did you pray this prayer?


[11]I still have questions

I am already a follower of Jesus

Source: http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/
1. http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/english/tour.htm
2. http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/english/preview.htm
3. http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/english/claims.htm
4. http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/english/muscle.htm
5. http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/english/impact.htm
6. http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/english/studyd.htm
7. http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/english/you.htm
8. http://www.greatcom.org/resources/toughquestions/
9. http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/
10. http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/english/feedbak-yes.htm
11. http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/english/feedbak.htm
12. http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/english/feedbak.htm

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