The following is an interview with Rehir G. of North India. Rehir has been in the ministry since 1995. At first, he was an evangelist and traveled all over his district sharing the good news of Jesus. In 2001, he began training other missionaries to better equip them for service. He now continues in both of these ministries, in addition to his role of pastor at his local church. The following is an interview with Rehir that was conducted by India coordinator Jeff S. in August of 2015.
Jeff S. – Remind us of your call to the ministry.
Rehir G. – Brother, I praise the Lord for His grace upon me. I was born and brought up in a Hindu family. Because of this, I truly understand what the Scriptures declare about being in darkness. I was in the bondage of sin, but now God has redeemed me through Jesus Christ. I was in darkness, but now He has brought me into the light. From the beginning of my walk, God put the desire in me to share this good news of Jesus with other people. It was through this desire that the Lord led me to serve Him in the ministry of an evangelist and teacher. For more than fifteen years, this has been the great work that the Lord has given me.
J.S. – How did you become the pastor of your current church?
R.G. – I began in the church as an evangelist. I would ride my bicycle to the surrounding villages, going from village to village, distributing tracts, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in each of my stops. I then became involved in training men at the church and discipling those who were in need. Eventually, in 2009, the pastor of our church left and moved back to his home village. The local church recognized the call of the Lord upon my life and asked me if I would pastor them.
J.S. – How were you receiving support at that time?
R.G. – The local church was not able to support me at that time. However, there was another local ministry that recognized the Lord’s call in my life and was able to help support me. HeartCry came alongside this ministry to aid in my support.
J.S. – What has taken place since then?
R.G. – I’m so grateful for the Lord’s help through HeartCry and this ministry. For the last six years, we have been teaching the people the truth of God’s Word and the design of God for the local church. In July, the church felt the responsibility to support me as their pastor and made the decision to take on my support. This is a good thing in my mind and the biblical thing to do. This is the way it worked in the early church, so we praise God for this grace. It has also given the congregation an “ownership” in this ministry. They know the importance of the funds they provide, and it has encouraged them to give even more sacrificially.
J.S. – There are many people whom you may never know that have supported you through these years, both financially and in prayer. Is there anything you would like to say to them?
R.G. – Yes. I am truly grateful for the brothers and sisters who have supported me through HeartCry’s ministry. During the initial stages of the church, their support was much needed; but now, praise God, we have the ability to support ourselves. Thank you so much! Please keep praying for me and our church, and may the Lord use you to support other pastors who are in need and ministering in churches that are not yet strong enough to support them.