Church Planter - North India
Since the Lord rescued Gideon from his sins and a life of alcohol addiction, he has labored as an evangelist and church planter in the hills near his home in North India. Through his ministry the Lord has raised up a group of believers who are now meeting together for worship.
Testimony of Conversion
I was a truck driver in the hills of North India, and my life was good and smooth running. However, gradually I developed an alcohol drinking habit. As the addiction became worse, my life became more and more affected by it. Soon, my body demanded the alcohol more than normal food. A few years ago, I became unable to swallow even cooked rice because of the ulcers that had developed as a result of all the alcohol. The only way that I could survive was to mix wheat flour with water and swallow it. I was constantly quarreling with my wife and children, and I made their lives miserable. Eventually, I left my job and spent all my time drinking.
One day I considered committing suicide by jumping from a cliff near my house in the hills. I thought that I should end my life because I had caused so much damage and had harmed my family so terribly. On top of all the bad things I had done, my physical health was so poor that I thought there was simply no reason for me to continue living. On my way to the cliff, I turned on my Short Wave radio, and this proved to be the providence of God. As I listened to the radio the man who was preaching spoke about the hope and new life that can be found in Christ, through the forgiveness of sins. This is the message that saved my life, because if I had not heard it at that moment, I would have jumped from the cliff.
A few years later, I came into contact with two men who were Christians. This also was in God’s providence, because they were able to explain more things to me. They began to visit me in my home and they discipled me. Through these two men, the Lord saved me, and now I trust in Christ alone for salvation. I was baptized soon after. I was the first Christian in my family and even in my town, so I began to witness to them all the time. Since then, a few have responded to the Lord’s call, and have repented and believed in Christ. I now continue in this ministry in the hills near my home. There is now a small group of believers that are meeting together for worship.