I am Gautam T. from Kapilvastu, Nepal. I was born into, and brought up in a Hindu family. There are 7 members in my family, but I am the only believer. I thank God, and His Beloved Son Jesus Christ for giving me eternal life. God, in His rich mercy, has saved me from eternal judgment and has brought me into His kingdom. I am very happy to share the testimony of God’s grace in my life.
Before I came to saving faith in Christ, I used to worship false gods. My goal was to please them, but in reality, my entire life was filled with sinful activities. I was living an immoral life, proud, and a liar. I was dead in my sins and living under the dominion of my flesh. I came to understand this only after I heard the gospel.
In 2014 (while in the 10thgrade), one of my friends asked me to go to church with him. He told me about Christianity and church, and what happens there. It seemed interesting to me so I agreed to go with him. I then started to go more regularly. I heard about Jesus Christ and His death, but I did not fully understood what that meant. After several months, one of my church friends told me that because I have been attending the church for several months, I should pray the sinner’s prayer. I then went to the pastor and he told me to repeat this prayer after him. I did. He told me that I am now saved. I was very happy.
In 2015, I was baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit- but there was no change in my life. I was still living a sinful life. I was good outwardly in the eyes of the people, but there was no change inward. A month after I was baptized, the Pastor told me to go for a one-year Bible training. I was trained on the topics of discipleship and church planting. After graduation, I went back to the same local church where I was given the responsibility of the youth ministry. However, in doing all those things, my heart was still not joyful. I was doing all the outward things Christians do, but yet, my heart didn’t find any joy or peace. It was a duty, and I did not love Christ. I was consumed with church activities, but my life was so dry.
In June 2016, I met bro Silas. He was visiting a village near my home. It was then that I heard the true gospel. He explained the gospel of Jesus Christ clearly and deeply. He told me about the Holiness of God, His judgment, His love in sending His Son, the purpose of the cross, His death, and His resurrection. I then understood my desperate need of the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be saved. This gospel message was so powerful that it changed all my thinking about Christianity. God opened my heart and my mind that day. I saw His holiness, His love, and His mercy for sinners. I understood that salvation is by grace, and not by doing Christian activities.
While I was still attending that church, I began to share the true gospel and the truth of God to the church members. A few of them listened to what was telling them, but many of them didn’t agree or pay attention to it. I also talked personally with the pastor and shared with him what I had learned. He disagreed with me. Time after time I was tried to convince him that what he was doing was not biblical. I tried to influence him, but I was unsuccessful. I began to feel uncomfortable with pastor in the ministry, so I decided to leave that church and attend a new church plant that bro. Silas was helping with.
It has been one year since I left that church and became a member of the other church. God has given me a desire to serve Him in the right way. My desire is to serve Him, and preach His gospel to the lost. Bro. Silas also encouraged me to serve Christ and to join his internship program. My desire is to understand the Word of God better and then to preach it to others. I am thankful to HeartCry for the support and prayer for me. Please continue to pray for me that I would grow more in my understanding of Scriptures and in the likeness of Jesus Christ.