I was born into a Hindu family. My father was a Hindu priest and taught me the Sanskrit language. We were the only two in our village who knew this language. He wanted me to be the next priest after him.
As a young man I heard about Jesus and about Christians. Temple authorities gave strict rules not to let Christians in the temple or even to talk to them because they were treated as menial and untouchables. Still, I was curious about Jesus. I was told that he was an illegally born child.
After my high school education, I was asked to teach Sanskrit to students. I taught them almost three months and was well paid. Then they asked me to teach Vedas to them. Veda is the holy teachings of Hinduism (the Hindu “Bible”). When I refused to teach this, I was fired.
I then went to Hyderabad to do college study. It is a large city with many churches and Christians moved about freely. This surprised me. A Christian young man at the college took me to his church and there I felt great peace. I decided to learn more about Christians. He was a good example. One Sunday during the worship service, I went forward and accepted Jesus as my Savior. I was born again, and could feel it. I studied the Bible thoroughly. The pastor chose a girl for me and we were married in his church. When my parents heard of this they came suddenly one night with 100 people and beat the pastor and destroyed the church. My wife and I were not found there. To save problems for these people, we moved to another village and I worked as a teacher. We withstood the bad time of not having enough food and slowly it got better. God gave us two children and we live happily.
Week after week people come to our church to hear about Christ. I still do not have a proper house, transportation or even support. Please pray for me and for my family and church members.
Every 4 months sponsorship funds are sent to the preachers. With it goes a Missionary Report Form for each one to complete and return to our office. After compilation of statistics they are forwarded by mail or email to the sponsors. Below are past report forms from this preacher. They have been modified to protect the financial data of the sponsor.
Radhapalem is a tiny village with a population of 6 to 8,000 people in the state of Andhra Prudish, named after a famous Hindu goddess by name of Rah. My father was a Baptist preacher. Though I was raised in a Christian family I was not interested in Christianity right from my childhood because Christians in India are very poor and mainly from people belonging to minorities and weaker sections of our society and only untouchables in our community will accept Christ.