A Glorious vision has kept me running till this moment. I (Pastor Venkat) know and I believe in the grace of God that He would enable me to plant more churches in India and abroad as He leads me. I have a strong and growing passion for Church planting ministry. There are more people waiting to hear and receive the good news of the Gospel. When the harvest is plentiful I believe it’s our job to sow the seed in the lives of people and illuminate them with the true light the Lord Jesus Christ. And this is what drives me towards Church planting mission.
In addition to church planting there is an increasing need of raising a new generation for God’s work in His vineyard. Yes the Labourers are few. My vision is to raise more young people who can give their all to see souls being saved from the devil’s bondage and being added to the Kingdom of God. I am prayerfully looking forward to develop and raise more leaders and ministers to do the Lord’s work.
In the Year 1999 in the month of January I received God’s call into His service during a Youth Camp. The call of God was so strong that I wasn’t able to resist. Though I was not in a good financial state to leave my job and come for full time ministry, the word of God kept moulding me until I yielded to this privilege of being His worker in His vineyard. I committed my life for His wonderful work and God strengthened me through this verse, Judges 6:14
“And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?”
I started my journey with the little strength that I had. Along the way I realised that God has given me an Apostolic call to plant churches.
I was born in a Hindu Family. My parents were highly devoted to the idols they were worshiping. All that I remember about my childhood is visiting temples and religious places, performing poojas and rituals every day of the week. I could say now, but then I did not realize that there was some curse upon my family. There was so much of financial crisis at home leading to conflicts between my parents. My family eventually got separated and each of us had to be in different places. I came to the city of Chennai from my hometown Mayiladuthurai in search of job. I joined in a Telecommunications job and was staying in my cousin’s home.
While working in Chennai, one particular day I had to attend a service call in one of the Churches there. I went there and finished my job. There a brother shared the Gospel with me and invited me to church service. I decided to go and I went to church service the following Sunday.
I was treated well by friendly people there and so I continued to go. I was challenged by the Good News of the Gospel to put my trust in the Lord Jesus. That same night I prayed to the Lord Jesus for the first time and asked Him if He could unite my family together again. He answered my prayer and within few months a miracle happened and we were all together again. Jesus entered into my life and drove away all darkness. I started attending the worship service in the local church where I got saved.
During a Youth convention God spoke to me and called me into His glorious ministry. In the year 2000 I joined Madras A. G. Bible College and graduated from there in April 2000. In the year 2003 on 16th of October God blessed me with a God fearing girl. She was also involved in full time ministry. We are blessed with two children now 8 years old David and 4 years old Manuel. I now run with a passion and vision to plant more churches and reach out to many lost souls in the Nation and in the world!