Church Planter - South India
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.
Description of 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.