Church Planter - Nepal
Ghan S. serves as a leader of a group of pastors that HeartCry partners with in Nepal. He also pastors his own local congregation. Ghan is married and has two sons and two daughters.
Testimony of Conversion
Until 1999 I was a Hindu. After finishing my tenth standard exam in school, I started to be involved in politics. I was very much interested in politics and became a key leader of the Nepal Communist Party at the district level. After being involved in politics, I came to know from Communism that there is no God. But in my heart and mind I used to think, “Who made the universe? How do these planets rotate on time? Who created me? Why do I exist in this world? Why do we die?” I couldn’t get answers to these questions. I had no peace in my heart, though outwardly I looked joyful.
Our whole family was under the bondage of Satan. Every year in my family one of the members would die. My grandfather, grandmother, younger sister, mother, my two sons, and my daughter died within one year of each other. Later on, my wife faced a problem of headaches and back pain. She became very weak, and at that time I was also sick because of tuberculosis and became very weak. My weight was normally 65 kg, and now I came down to 48 kg. I thought that life would be very short, and I would no longer live. I had already known something about Christ, but I used to think that Christianity is a foreign religion. I didn’t show any concern to those who told me about Christ. I was not interested. I had never thought to follow the true, living God and had no desire to.
While I was sick, a pastor came at my house and told me about Christ. He told me that in His hand there is life and death. If you believe in Him, He will uphold your life. Then he prayed for me. I started thinking, “So far in my family most of the members have died, and we are going through pain all the days, months, and years.” I thought, “Let me try and see the Christian God—whether there is power in the Christian God or not?” Then I started attending a church meeting. God changed my heart, and I felt joy in my heart which I had never experienced before. Matthew 9:13 says, “...for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” This word encouraged me a lot. Before, my understanding from Hinduism was, “sinners are destroyed, and the righteous are saved.” I found just opposite. I came to know that Christ came to save the sinners. How marvelous the love of God is through His Son Jesus Christ! I was thinking only on physical healing in Christ, but more than that I came to know He is our spiritual healer, and in Him our sins are forgiven, and we have everlasting life.
God by His grace enabled me to grow in grace, and I realized His calling for His work. I left my political leadership and started being involved in ministry. God assigned me to shepherd a flock in a local church. But in the course of time, I faced a lot challenges financially. In the midst of difficulties, God by His grace allowed me to stand firm in His faith and the work of His kingdom. I was confident that I have received a marvelous gift from God which was a great joy for me.
I continued my ministry, and by God’s plan I had the privilege to join with HeartCry. I thank God and HeartCry for the support for my family and ministry which is a great help for me to work for His kingdom. Now I am doing pastoral ministry in a local church called Emmanuel Church, along with my family. Please pray for my ministry so that I can serve His people faithfully. Pray for the church members where I am serving, and also pray for my family.