Loving Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I praise the Lord for His mercy to share my testimony with you all.
I guess you could say I was blessed to be born into a Christian family. Without the truth of God being taught to me at a young age, I might not be alive today to tell others that there is only ONE way to be reunited spiritually with God the Father . . . " and that is by having a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, through the help of the Holy Spirit."
I will only be able to share just brief highlights of my testimony at this time, because it is very expensive for us to mail literature to America. We are very poor here, and we must be very careful not to spend what little money we have on expensive postage, because there are many hungry mouths to feed.
I am the eldest son of a poor family. I have two sisters and one younger brother. My parents lived each day to find whatever food they could for our family. We were very poor.
Growing up as a child I consumed mud, stones, and other things on the ground to fill my empty stomach. Consequently, by the time I was 14 years old my veins became very damaged; my stomach swelled to huge proportions, and I vomited blood a lot. Due to the damage done to me internally, I had to undergo an operation at the Christian Medical Hospital in Vellore, South India. I was critically ill, near the point of death. After this operation an infection developed within my body and I was brought all the way back to the C.M.C. Hospital and was admitted again in critical condition.
My parents were very poor and did not have the money to pay for my first operation, let alone the second one that I needed. It would take hundreds of dollars needed for my second operation, so they began to beg. What little money they were able to obtain went to the hospital to help pay for both of my operations.
Even during the second operation I can vouch and say that only the prayers of the doctors brought me back to life and saved me from the clutches of Satan. I have undergone two operations one after the other in the abdomen and only the Lord Jesus Christ could have saved me from death, and I am deeply indebted to Him. Even I was aware of my being brought by car from the village passing through hillocks and admitted to the hospital, but the moment they started to pray for me, I lost consciousness and an eternal bliss fell upon me. I am sure it was their praying that God responded to, to pull me through the operation. I pray daily to the Lord Jesus thanking Him for having spared my life.
It is by His stripes that I am healed, and I purpose to serve Jesus Christ the rest of my life. The Lord Jesus appeared before me one day in a vision and showed me vividly all of my sins, which caused me to surrender to Him. If you would like to be reconciled to God today, please click hereto learn how you can do that too.
Then He spoke to me and called me into His service (Heb.5:4; Jer.1:5,6,7) to reach others for Him. There are so many here in India that Satan has bound with spiritual blindness. I was blessed to be able to attend a Bible College and devote three and a half years of rigorous training in the Word of God. The Lord has filled me with His blessing and strength (Luke 4:17-19), and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Through this miracle of my healing my Lord gave me a vision and guided me to offer free medical treatment to the poor and needy peoples of India. That is why we organized a Free Medical Camp Treatment Ministry by using doctors' services on a fee basis. Even after 50 years of independence in our country, there are so many thousands of villagers and millions of people dying in miserable conditions without having proper medical treatment. We purchase medicines on a credit basis and supply freely to our needy rural people. We take care of their souls with physical treatment, and ask that you please pray for this free medical camp to receive monthly support on a regular basis.
We held a Christmas Gospel healing crusade in Kilmonvoor Village. We conducted this public crusade meeting in the midst of much opposition from local ungodly young men. However, our Lord Jesus kept us safe in His mighty arms, praise God! People were healed from their fevers, stomach pains, headaches, chest pains, and many also were delivered from evil spirits causing them to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. We want to conduct many crusades in the coming days in other slum village areas.
We are now conducting regular church services in two villages. One is Melmonvoor Village and the second one is Agravaram Village. We are conducting Sunday worship services and have to rent buildings for this. We urgently need our own plot of land to construct a church building; at the present time we are using hut sheds. Please do pray for us to receive help in this need.
We also are conducting a children's ministry (ages 3-17) in the slum village areas. We are teaching the children Bible stories, parables of Jesus Christ and Christian songs. More than 300 children accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. We regularly give out food and clothing to these children in our meetings. Our church kids send their greeting to you all!
We are also blessed to be able to distribute many thousands of gospel tracts and magazines through our Gospel Distribution Ministry in Tamil and the English languages. We distribute many old tracts and English magazines at all places including bus stands, homes, and exhibitions. We are trusting the Lord to impress Christians from America and around the world to sponsor us financially to help meet the transportation expenses we have to pick up these tracts from different publishers.
Every Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, we conduct fasting prayer meetings. All prayer requests we kindly put at the feet of our Lord Jesus with humble prayers. We also refresh the prayer warriors coming from far distances with light food. We encourage you to send us your prayer requests to us and we will most humbly pray for you too.
Every third Friday we conduct Vigil Prayer - Watch Night Prayer Fellowship Ministry services without any denominational partiality. We use out-of-town station preachers too as guest speakers and we help these preachers with small financial gifts.
We also have a House Church where we conduct cottage prayer in our church believers' homes, which brings blessings and stops God's people from backsliding. Please pray for this ministry - your prayers will avail much.
Through the House Church ministry, we also distribute new and used clothing and food to the orphaned children and to the poor and destitute women. At the Christian festival times, we collect used clothing from some of the other local church believers for this purpose.
We are in need of balanced, Bible-based literature of all types (old magazines, used bibles and books) to minister to those who are hungry to know more about Jesus through our Gospel Distribution Ministry. Used magazines such as Charisma, Christianity Today, New Men, and other Christian magazines are greatly needed and appreciated. Christian teaching tapes, videotapes, and children's materials are also very useful in Christian faith building.
We run this individual ministry just by faith only. We meet challenges everyday from the Hindutuva, BJP, RSS, VHP and others. It is very very difficult to run this independent faith ministry without the support of others.
Believe it or not, we are doing ministry here on a full-time basis. We are asking the Lord to support us financially in any way He can, because the economy here in this part of India is in shambles. We have so little to feed the poor with who come to us just for a little food and medical attention.
If you feel the Holy Spirit tugging on your heart to sponsor this ministry with a regular monthly financial gift, your gift will be applied to the expenses of buying food, clothing, and gospel tracts we give to the destitute men, women and children of India. If you cannot afford to give financially, your gifts of new or used clothing from your loved ones or your friends from your local church of believers would be most welcomed and greatly appreciated.
Please remember that no gift is too SMALL. One American dollar can do so MUCH in the name of Jesus. A little financial gift from other countries whose economies are more stable than ours goes a very long way here in India to minister to the needs of the people.
We humbly request that you all kindly uphold this ministry by your supporting prayers and generous contributions. Dear brothers and sisters, please allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your inner heart to pray and help this ministry. Please do not harden your heart to what is the meaning of compassion and love - IT IS TO MEET OTHERS' NEEDS (I John 3:17; Matt. 5:42).
Please do not say, "I am regretfully sorry, I cannot help this ministry." Please send your used Christian books, magazines, tapes, Bibles, tracts, used clothing, your one-time gift, monthly offerings, Christmas gifts, or whatever the Lord lays on your heart to give to help reach the poor and needy souls through this church ministry to help us reach the lost. Your monetary and personal gifts go 100% directly into mission work here in South India.
For those who are impressed of the Lord to help in any way, we want to pray for specific needs that you may have as well. Please let us know how we can pray for you when you write to us. We EXPECT God to answer our prayers on your behalf that are in accordance with His will for your life. Please do not underestimate the faith God has given us to pray for the needs of those who are supporting us. I am looking forward to your positive replies as soon as possible. Please do act now and may God richly bless you all!
Please send all correspondence to:
HALLELUJAH VILLAGE CHURCH TRUST
Pastor T. John Ravichandran,D.Th.
#68, Natesa Mudaliyar Street
Sainatha Puram, Vellore - 632001
Tamil Nadu, South India