My Life Before Jesus
We lived and grew up in the city with all the amenities and opportunities, but my Dad’s side of the family, who are all Hindus, lived in the village in mud huts.
Growing up, we were forced by our parents to stay in the village for at least three or four days when we went on vacation to visit grandparents on my Mom’s side. This experience taught me to be grateful to be born in a home where my Mom and Grandmother were strong Christians and we saw our Dad grow spiritually as we were growing.
My parents encouraged us to start our day reading God’s Word and praying. This probably made us sensitive to the things of God even though it was more ritualistic.
The Greatest Gift of Salvation
I believe I felt my Biblical rituals were not enough. I remember praying earlier and accepting Christ but I also remember praying again during the visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, and accepting Christ.
The difference definitely was the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit and His constant nudging.
Jesus has given me strength like no other. He has encouraged me at my lowest. He has chastised, humbled and corrected me. He has taken me to places where I never thought I would go.
Above all, He has given me the greatest gift of salvation that no other “god” can or has ever given, all because He loves me unconditionally! I also know for a fact that He is the only God who understands pain and suffering because He is the only God who has been through it!
My Family In Christ
We came here to meet and visit with Dr. Sauer who was Reuben’s professor at Moody Bible Institute.
We were amazed with the love that the congregation showered on us that enveloped us. It was important to me to have a church family as my immediate family lives in India. I feel that this is truly my family in Christ.
When we first came we were amazed with this church’s heart for missions and for the poor. I relearned here to live with little but to give much!
Spiritually, I have been challenged and have been growing here. Our daughter has been growing spiritually and loves her church family and is loved by them in return. Our small group has been such a blessing and reminds me of the church in the Epistles.
So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty...
Isaiah 55:11 ESV