North India, Church Planter
After the Lord saved him from a very violent life as an unbeliever, Ulam was called to be a minister of the Word. He has served in the ministry since January 2001. He is married and has four children.
I give thanks to the Lord because He saved me. Before I knew God, my life was very sinful, but I never thought that I was too bad. Sometimes I even thought that I was better than other people because, everyone else was doing the same things, and their life looked just as bad as mine. I did not know what sin was. I used to do the same worldly things that everyone else was doing, but there was no peace in my life. My bad heart led me to live a hellish life, and every day I used to quarrel and fight with other people.
In 1996, my family arranged a marriage for me. After my wedding, I began to fight with my wife and abuse her. I even dragged her from the house. This was my daily routine; but despite all of this, my wife still loved me, cared for me, and did all my work in the house. Because of my marriage and all of my other responsibilities, I could no longer continue in my studies, and my financial problems were increasing daily. Also in that time, my wife gave birth to our daughter (which was a blessing from God).
When our daughter was born, my sense of responsibility began to grow, but I still had no source of income. When my daughter was three months old, I left the house and went to another city to learn a trade so that I could provide for my family. This took about six months, and eventually I was able to begin making money. One day, I received news that my wife had fought with my parents and left my home. This made me very angry, and I decided to go back home to find her. I stayed home for two more years, but then I had to return to the city, where there was more work. It was when I returned to the city that I heard about Jesus Christ for the first time; but I did not believe. One day, however, some people invited me to a prayer meeting in their house. I observed the prayer, and I realized that there was something about it that I really liked. After this, on December 31, 1999, my older brother invited me to go to a night service at a church and listen to a sermon. It was through this message that God spoke to me and convicted me of my sin. I spoke to the leaders of the church about my problems, and the pastor prayed for me. That day, I trusted in Jesus Christ as my Savior, and I believed the promise of Isaiah 41:10:
“Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
From that moment on, I began attending the fellowship meetings at this church. As I began to grow in the grace of God, I started to recognize a calling on my life for the ministry. I was able to study in a Bible training institute at a local church in one of the cities of North India. While I was at this institute, my faith was greatly strengthened and I was encouraged by what I saw the Lord doing. On January 2, 2001, I began to serve full-time in the ministry. When I look at my life now compared to what it was before, I see that it is completely different. My family, which was once very broken, has been healed, and my wife and children now serve alongside me in the ministry.
*For security reasons, a pen name is used for this missionary.