Church Planter - North India
Jude P. has been serving as a church planter and pastor for 19 years in North India. He labors among several different people groups and is surrounded by many Hindu extremists who have shown great hostility toward the preaching of the Gospel.
Testimony of Conversion
My name is Jude P. I was born and brought up in a Christian family in a town in North India. As a child, my father worked as a daily laborer in order to provide for the family, and since I am the oldest of three siblings, he expected that I would help him when I was older. However, I was always very interested in the church activities, even from a very young age, and when the Lord saved me at the age of 14, I immediately had a strong desire to serve Him in the ministry.
When I graduated high school, I moved to another city in North India, and there I was able to begin serving in a ministry that worked with children. After working with this ministry for five years, I began helping at a Christian hospital nearby, and I was able to share the Gospel with many different people who came to the hospital. I served there for five years.
While serving in these two places, I still desired to serve full-time in the ministry as a pastor. One day, while still working at the hospital, a brother encouraged me to consider entering into full-time ministry. When he told me this, I fasted and prayed, and the Lord confirmed by His Holy Spirit that I should begin planting churches full-time. So, I immediately began evangelism, teaching, and preaching among different people groups in North India.
Initially, I distributed tracts. I faced much opposition from Hindu extremists, and one time they took all of our literature and burned it. This ministry was very difficult, and while I was ministering, I sensed that I needed to go to a Bible training institute to better prepare. I enrolled in a theological institute in North India, and when I had graduated in 1997, I returned to preach and plant churches. My family and I live among all kinds of people groups and religions, and we have been serving in this ministry for 19 years. I praise God, who has given me this ministry, because He cares for His flock and allows me to plant churches. Please pray for us and for the people we serve.