Church Planting - North India
Dekar R. was called to the ministry in 1999. Since that time, he has been serving the Lord as a church planter and is actively spreading the gospel to many villages.
Pastor Dekar's church planting work is no longer funded by HeartCry, because on September 1st, 2015 another indigenous church in North India took on his support - a very encouraging step for the growth and long-term health of the church in India.
Testimony of Conversion
My name is Dekar, I am married and have no children. I was born and brought up in a well-known Hindu family in my village. I was a religious man and would worship hindu gods. I would walk a long way to go to holy places and worship the gods, but I was also involved in all sorts of sinful activities.
Suddenly, in 1995 my mother became very ill and was admitted into a hospital. In that hospital, every morning some people would pray to Jesus Christ. That was the first time I heard the name of Jesus in my life. In 1996 I went to visit my uncle and there learned that my cousin went to a nearby church to worship Jesus Christ. He asked me if I wanted to go to the church with him. I really wanted to go so I said yes, and that was the first time in my life that I went to a church. I really liked the songs and the worship; I enjoyed myself there and wanted to go more. I read a booklet called ‘Way to the Lord’ and the passage from Romans 10:9-10 touched my heart. I confessed my sins and put my trust in Jesus Christ in October of 1997. Gradually, my faith grew, and I joined the church. I was baptized on March 1, 1998.
Description of Ministry
After much prayer and seeking the Lord in His Word, God gave me a burden for His work. In 1999 from April-June I was trained for church planting. Then I was given an opportunity to serve the Lord as a church planter. The Lord has blessed my work, and since that time God has helped me to reach out to more then 40 villages with the gospel. Many of my relatives and friends have also accepted Christ and have been baptized.
I also praise God for His blessings on my marriage, which was on December 27, 2005. Please pray for me and my wife that we may be fully committed to work together for the Lord and that we may be able to see a strong church in our community.