God Opened My Heart
I am from Southern Asia, and I belong to a Hindu family and where I live, is an ideal place for Hindus. Many people in my village are Hindu priests. They have their own god, so they worship that. (Here is the photo of the god that they worship in my village). When I was small, I asked my mom if I could touch him (the Hindu god in the photo). She said that we could not touch him because we are low cast, and then I felt sad. I really wanted to know why he hated my family, and why he did not allow us to touch him. I thought, “If he is a god, then why does he hate us and not allow us to touch him, since we are low caste?”
During that time, I was studying in school and learning more, especially about science and how things work. There were people in our village that would never eat with us because we were low caste, too. I really wanted to find out what the truth was. One time, American missionaries, including a man named D.S., came to our village in 2003. When I met them, I was 7 years old. The missionaries stayed in their tent. I went to see them, because I had never met a foreigner before. When the other village children and I went to see them, my mom told me, “Don’t go near them, because they will take you with them.”
But they played with us and loved us-that kind of love I had never seen in my village. The village people hate each other, but the missionaries had so much love for people. The missionaries started to come to camp near our village every week. When they came, the village children and I would go there. They would play with us and give us candy and snacks. One time they taught us a song about Jesus, and we didn’t know who this “Jesus” was. Then, one day they gave me a New Testament and gave us some Bibles. We took those Bibles home and my brother said, “Don’t meet with those people any more. They are Christians, and they eat cows. Throw the Bibles away.”
So, we threw the Bibles away. We put them in the fire and burned them. But we still went to meet the missionaries for candy, and then we took the candy and ran away from there. We spoke badly about their God to them in our own language (which they didn’t understand). Because, at that time I did not know any English. Sometimes, afterward, I would think, “We are saying so many bad things to these people-why do they still love us?”
Then, they told us that Jesus died for our sins, because we are sinners. They said that God made everything that we see in our whole life in the whole world. After I started hearing these things, I always went to visit them in their tents. I loved to hear about God. I did not understand much, because I knew very little English at that time. So, I started learning about God very slowly. In Hinduism, no god died for our sins, and no one did anything like Jesus did. I heard John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish but have everlasting life.”) Then, I started to read the Hindi Bible, but I didn’t understand very much.
After that, in 2005, a pastor named P. M. came from another part of Southern Asia with the American missionaries and D.S. This pastor knew Hindi very well. He told us everything about God, so nicely, that I got all of my answers. He shared with us so wonderfully. After that, I often went to his house in town. He taught us so well.
I learned that only Jesus died for my sins–no one else gives us salvation. The Bible says in the book of Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” I learned that only He loves us as John 3:16 says, and that He created everything as Genesis 1:1 says. I learned that He came to earth (John 1:1-4, 1:14) to live in the world because before He created everything, we were in His mind. He doesn’t want anyone to go to hell.
The big thing is, that I thank God because He sent a man from America to my place where I live. It is amazing for me! God saved my life from that idol thing. In the Hindu religion, they have more than 544 different gods, but no one tells about salvation. In the Bible, I got all of my answers, and I am so happy in Christ!
How My Life Changed when I Became a Christian
Before, when I was not a Christian, I lived my life the way I wanted. I was in darkness. I worshiped idols and praised them, did not listen to my parents, and said bad things. But when I accepted Jesus Christ, God changed my life and I left all those things. I didn’t do it on my own, but when the Holy Spirit worked in me, I repented of all my sin and God forgave me. The good that I couldn’t do before, I started doing-like helping people and making them happy. I was completely changed. All of my friends said to me, “R., you are now completely changed!”
Most of the time when people ask me how I changed, I share from my life and tell them that Jesus changed my life. I tell them that my family was against me, that my cousin family would not talk with me when I became a Christian. But, praise the Lord, as God changed my life, he also worked through me to help change my family’s life! Praise the Lord!
No one can imagine how happy I am that I became a Christian because Jesus saved my life. He loves me and He gave me eternal life. We have a great hope because Jesus is coming soon. Praise the Lord! He didn’t leave me alone! He gave me His Holy Spirit, and we have eternal life. I am so happy!
Why I Want to Tell Other People about Jesus
Jesus is the one true God, and only He can give eternal life. People are in such darkness; they need someone to tell them who the true God is. They know about God, like it says in Romans 1:18-28, but I want to share with them about repentance from sin. I want to go tell others, as God tells us to do in Matthew 28:19-20 (“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”). Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Now my only aim is to share God’s Word to unreached people and bring them to Christ. Please continue to pray for me and my ministry in Southern Asia. Thank you so much! (Photo: R’s mom now a Christian)
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
(Photo: R.K. preaching–He has now started 3 churches in his home village area!)
God bless you,