North India, Church Planter
Barak K. was a devout Hindu before his conversion. He is now pastoring a church which he started in 2009. Barak is married and has four children.
My name is Barak K. I am married and have four children: three girls and one boy. My wife and I were engaged and married in 1994. Having come from a Hindu background, we both devoted our lives to living out our Hindu customs. My wife always participated both in my happiness and my sadness. She respected me as a god and would touch my feet every day (bow down before me).
Before coming to Christ, I was involved with a Hindu guru, and I participated in idol worship with my family. For fifteen years, I followed the guru and received his instruction and worshiped him as my lord. I thought that he was blessing my life; but I still did not have peace. In 2002, I heard the Gospel for the first time through one of the servants of God, but I was so committed to Hinduism that I would not embrace the truth or apply it to my life.
Then, in 2008, I heard the Gospel from another brother, and he asked me to come to his church, where I could learn more about Jesus Christ. I ignored his invitation, however, and continued to follow my guru’s instruction instead.
Then, a few months later, this same brother met me, and for two hours he shared the story of Jesus Christ with me. Again, he invited me to visit his church. I finally went, and I heard the Gospel message from the Bible. It was then that I realized that I could not go to heaven by following my guru’s teachings. Therefore, I decided that I should not follow him anymore.
I committed myself to Jesus and repented of my sins. By God’s grace, I quickly experienced real growth in the Lord. I joined the church and began attending the services regularly. I also started reading the New Testament, and a few days later, I purchased a full Bible. I was baptized on December 31, 2008. After that, my wife also accepted Christ and later took baptism. I praise God that everyone in my family is now following Christ. We all are happy in Him!
Over a period of time, God gave us a burden to share the Gospel with others. Although it is very difficult, I count it a privilege to be able to spread the Gospel among our unreached people. We began reaching out to some children through an informal education center which we established with the help of our church. This gave us many opportunities to evangelize their parents. In 2009, we started a house fellowship in our home, and we still meet there every Wednesday. Please pray that in the coming years God will help us to reach many people with the Gospel and establish churches throughout our surrounding villages.
*For security reasons, a pen name is used for this missionary.