I was born into a Hindu family in the northern part of India. I was brought up in the traditions of the Hindu religion. I used to religiously follow all the traditions. My mother became sick and she was brought in for treatment to the hospital. That is when I heard the name of Jesus for the first time. It was then that I started to regularly attend a local church. As I continued to attend the church and fellowship, I realized that I am a sinner, needed forgiveness, and only Jesus could forgive my sins and save me from the wrath of God. I was one day reading a small booklet, where I read Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes and is justified, and with the mouth, one confesses and is saved.” It was then, that I decided to follow Jesus and dedicate my life to Him.
Sometime later, I professed my faith publicly through baptism. I soon found myself desiring friends and family to come to know this Jesus that saved me. I was sharing the gospel in the surrounding villages, and even started preaching in the fields, and slowly people began to gather.
It wasn’t until sometime later that I began to learn many things about the pastoral ministry. A trusted brother was kind in discipling me in church ministry, work, family, and my personal life. He showed all of these things from the scriptures. I realised that my preaching, my life, and my doctrine should all be the same. I learned much from this brother. I liked his emphasis on the gospel and the necessity of the gospel- which needs to be central in everything we do. My understanding of the church also changed, and I realized that the church is to be led by a group of Elders. I was soon recognized by the church and began serving as an elder.