My faith life began in 1975. This I did following the call of God based on 2Cor.5:7 which says, “We live by faith and not by sight”.
The first thing I did was to resign my comparatively easy job as a lecturer which feteched me a regular salary. Then I decided to do a much harder work of Linguistic research in order to write down a language which had no script till then. And I needed specilized training for the same. This I wanted to do with the aim of making the whole tribe a literate community and I was found without a regular source of income to sustain my family. For the next three and a half years I was all alone with a family of two children then, with no salary, and without any known source of income. But during those years I proved to my satisfaction that God was indeed very real in our lives as He opened doors for our further training then. Part of that training was done in UK, in Linguistics. This was far beyond our fartherest dreams and beyond any man’s imagination! If God had not done it, how could a penniless and a worthless student from India be able to do his thesis work under Prof. Ackroyd at King’s College in London?!! The Lord also opened the door for me to do a Master Degree in Biblical Hebrew through the oldest university in India.
Three and a half years later, my local worshipping group commended me to the service of the Lord following the pattern found in Acts 13:1-4. And they only promised to pray for me. From 1975 till this day I live without a regular salary, no human sponsors, no business income nor income from any estate. Now we have five children and I want to testify to the fact that we never ever went hungry nor were we found in need and were left with out any help. And we never approached any man for any financial help. Then we were living near a remote jungle-tribe that our contact with the extended family and friends was practically nil.
By 1986 I had sufficient faith to believe in God to erect a concrete building without any contact with men for the finance of it. I started the construction with little money in hand, completed a 700 sft. of concrete structure including the roof within a matter of thirty calendar days. When the building was completed there was no debt, and I had informed no man any where even for prayer about this project as I wanted to prove a point. That building has a granite inscription which reads, “This building stands witnessing the fact that God of Elijah lives”. For over six months I spent eight to ten hours every day in my prayer- closet; praying, planning and interacting with God for the project. The purpose of the building was to house the tribal children to educate them. I had twenty five of them to stay with me along with my five children and we fed them and educated them with out a human sponsor. We made no magazine reports; nor did we send out a prayer letter any time about what was going on in that remote part of the world. Yet the Lord provided for every need of ours with out fail. This I did to prove to the Christian community that the work of the Lord could be carried on very well with out appeals for funds!
When the building was completed within 30 days, I was amazed to the core. I just could not believe it. I thought my life-purpose was indeed accomplished as I proved once again without a speck of doubt that indeed God answers prayers today. In 1991 I became semi-paralyzed and for the last eighteen years I am unable to walk even one step without crutches. And I had to discontinue the work and leave my station for health reasons.
In 1996, one person with whom I have had very little contact came to my house with a bundle of money saying that the Lord was asking him to give me money to purchase a car! That answer to prayer came just with in 24 hours of my prayer for the same. Read more of the stories in the other posts in the blog.
Now I am almost confined to my bedroom. The enormous amount of money for my treatment and for the education of all my children (the eldest was only 16 then; now all are well settled), all were well taken care of as direct, tangible, undeniable, unbelievable answer to prayers day by day. No individual, no organization, no church could ever claim that they kept us going all these years without us going bankrupt. Oh, yes, I have been getting money from people known and unknown to me, from family and from friends, from believers and from unbelievers, all with out an appeal. Indeed often I never knew where our next meal would come from, but it always came right in time. We just don’t know how our needs are taken care of. But we are well cared for.
In the light of my experiences, no one could ever say that God never answered our prayers.
So here I stand. I say that the God of the Bible is true and is alive and is active. I simply subsisted for more than thirty four years now by trusting in Him alone for all my needs. Praise Be to His Holy Name.
(For more detailed stories from my life read the page titled ‘life’ and posts under ‘unforgettable experiences’ in the blog here. Thank you!!)