Yesudas is the pastor of a church plant in a small village in the southern region of India, and he also travels weekly to teach and conduct prayer services in a church plant 30 miles away.
Testimony of Conversion
I was born in a family that had some Christian influence, since my mother was a believer, but it was also difficult because my father was not a Christian. From a very early age I used to regularly attend a local Baptist church, and I assumed that since I attended this church, I was automatically made a Christian. This is the way that most people in my village viewed the Christian faith. It was just assumed that good people go to church, and bad people do not go to church.
However, as the Lord was working in my heart, I began to see that the way I thought about Christianity was not correct. I came to understand that simply going to church does not make you a Christian, and I understood that one can only be a Christian if he is born again. Apart from being made a new creation, no one can go to heaven. One Sunday in 1994, as I listened to the preaching of the Word, the Gospel became very clear to me. The Lord moved in my heart during the message, and I became convicted of my sins. I confessed my sins to the Lord and asked Him to forgive me, and I trusted in Jesus as my Savior.
Call to Ministry
After my conversion, through the study of the Word of God, the Lord began to show me that I was called to serve Him in the ministry. As I was reading Luke 4:18, the Lord gave me a burden to preach His Gospel to many people. Soon after He had given me this conviction, the Lord opened a door for me to begin studying at the Baptist Theological Seminary in southern India. I studied there for two years and received a certificate in theological studies. When I had finished at the seminary I was sent to work at a church in a small village. Soon there arose the need for me to also preach in another village about 30 miles away. Thankfully, the Lord has provided a motorbike that I am able to use to travel between the two villages. I am now working in these two churches, and the brothers and sisters are growing through the fellowship, the preaching of the Word, and the prayer services that we conduct in the churches.
Greetings to you all in the matchless name of our Lord Jesus. I am glad to report about what God has done in the ministry of our village Julakallu.
I give thanks to the Lord who enables me to guard His Church, and thank you all who are praying and supporting me in His work. God has helped me to reach out to the village called Katrapadu with the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ in this New Year of 2017. This village is situated at the borderline of a forest, and due to the lack of transport facilities, no one has reached into this village with the Gospel of Jesus. God has placed the burden in my heart to pass through this village. So after praying, we stepped into this village. We did street evangelism, which brought a lot of opposition from the local people. In this village, all are tribal people and idol worshippers. No one came to receive the word in the beginning, but slowly they started to come and hear about Jesus while we preach. As they hear and receive the Gospel it seems to be making an impact in their hearts. Now is seems a few people stand for the Lord.
Here I want to share about a brother named Yallamanda who troubled us very much. He was an opponent in the beginning, and troubled us a lot. But one day while the evangelism camp was going, a brother came to us and asked if we would pray for Yellamanda. He was suffering from sickness, so we visited him after the service. He was in bed and was not able to rise up. We took advantage of the opportunity to share Jesus before we prayed for him. In the coming week, I went to see him at his home again but I received the news that he had been hospitalized. The next day we went to the hospital and shared with him the reality of the gospel and the purpose behind Christ’s coming to the earth, and the consequences if we don’t believe Him as Lord. We prayed. We could notice the tears in his eyes while praying. Finally, he asked me a question, “can Jesus forgive me?” I told him that He can. He desires to receive Jesus, and now make a confession of faith. Please pray for him, the rest of his family, and the rest of the village. ■