TESTIMONY OF PASTOR U.C.
by brother John
A pseudonym has been attributed in this article to the name of Pastor U.C. to intentionally protect his identity.
I was a hard-core gang leader in my late teens and
early twenties. My gang robbed, stole, beat and
threatened to get the money we wanted. Everyone
feared us. I was ruthless. My Father had died,
and no one dared confront me. People kept going to my
Hindu Mom to tell her of all the bad things I was doing
to others. She spent a lot of time alone crying. I didn't
care how she felt.
The local government came up with a plan: give Uday
a good secure job that makes him important, keeps him
busy and pays well. I became an official Malaria supervisor
whose team went to malaria infested villages to spray
One day I was walking alone back to my office in a new
area while my team cleaned the equipment in the river.
Suddenly I heard a loud, strong authoritative voice that
made my spine tingle. "Uday! Uday! Uday!" I looked
around. Who knew my name in this area? He spoke with
such authority and confidence. He was not afraid of me
like others. I was afraid. Was it a Hindu spirit, a devil
about to repay me for my deeds? The voice spoke again.
"Uday! Uday! Uday!" I was shaking and sweating.
"Uday, I am Jesus Christ. I love you. I have chosen
you. Leave your job."
I was overwhelmed. Shaking, sweating, trembling, amazed
and no longer in charge. My twenty-two year old heart was
changed in one moment of great, lasting transformation.
I had been a Hindu with millions of gods. I knew nothing
about Jesus Christ. Now he had spoken to me as the truly
great God with all authority over me. He was my Lord.
My life now had a totally new purpose, to live for Jesus
Christ and not myself. In one brief moment on the road,
I immediately went to my boss and resigned from my job.
Early the next morning, I walked 25 km to the bus stop
that would take me home. When I arrived in my town
that night, whom should I meet, of all people? Christians!
They were afraid of me and turned away as I came toward
them. I called out, "Don't be afraid. Jesus Christ has
changed me." They listened to my story and affirmed
what had happened. "Oh! Wonderful! Jesus Christ the
Lord has called you!
You must do all he plans. We will arrange for you to go
to Bible School to learn all about Jesus and the Bible."
Two years in Northern India flew by at Bible School and
I returned to do ministry in Joda, my hometown. A
Hindu family whose daughter had a serious wound in
her thigh called for me to pray for her. The witchdoctor
and others had not been able to help her. The wound
smelled horrible and had maggots eating the dead tissue.
In desperation they asked me to come. I shared the gospel
of Christ, prayed for the girl's healing in the name of
Jesus, and anointed the wound with oil.
In the morning, the young girl woke up with her wound
completely dry and healed over. She got up, walked and
ran perfectly as before her injury. The parents were amazed
at the power of Jesus. They turned from their Hindu gods
and received Jesus Christ as their one Savior and Lord.
They became an important foundation of the little church.
They reached out to others and spoke boldly for Christ. No
one could deny what the Lord had done for their daughter.
The ministry expanded and we began visiting unreached
villages outside Joda to share the gospel. In spring
there was a drought. It was so dry that no one could
plant crops. In one village, we began to explain how the
One true God and Creator of all had sent his Son, Jesus
Christ, who did miracles to show he was the Son of
God as he said. We shared of his suffering, death and
As soon as I spoke of Christ's resurrection in three days,
the chief challenged me. "If Jesus Christ is the Son of God
was raised to life, then let Him send rain to us within
three days and we will believe he has greater power than
all our gods, for they have not sent rain no matter what we
do to please them. If it rains, then you may come back."
Our ministry team got down on our knees in front of the
villagers. We asked the Lord to send rain so the seeds
could be sown. We then left as we were asked by the chief.
As soon as we left the village it began to pour. After our
ministry tour we returned to Joda and found a letter
from the village chief requesting that we come and teach
them and neighbouring villages who Jesus is. Thus the
gospel spread to other villages in our first years in Joda.
The healing of the little girl, and the sending of rain are
two good examples of how the LORD went before us in
our preaching of the Gospel. Today the Lord has raised
up 104 churches with 85 leaders throughout our region.
In 2008, religious riots broke out in our state. A Hindu
holy man was murdered. In their initial fury, some Hindus
accused the Christians of murdering him. Churches were
burned and destroyed. Over three hundred Christians
were killed. In rage, the Hindus stormed across the city to
our undefended church. Everything we had was burned
and demolished. We survived with only the clothes on our
back, hiding for a month in the forest with little food,
the Spirit helping us persevere until things settled down.
Why are many North American Christians silenced by
cultural pressure rather than obeying God not men? Why
do so many say they follow Jesus, but don’t go to others as
Jesus would? What is our excuse? Didn't he die for our
friends and neighbours? Is not the Spirit of Christ in us
to empower us to witness to Christ's power to save?
In Luke 5, Jesus filled the net with fish after the disciples
caught nothing on their own. Others were needed to
help bring in the miraculous catch. Then Jesus said, “Do
not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”
The fields are ready for harvest, but the laborers who
believe Jesus are few.
Pastor U.C. just spent one month with us here in Canada.
This testimony is an abbreviated version of a longer story
that brother John recorded. If you are interested, please
contact our office and we would be delighted to send
you the full length account.
We would urge you to partner with Pastor U.C. in his
ministry. The doors that Jesus has opened before him
are incredible. On the day he left us to return home,
he was informed us that he received a message from
one of his staff that 5 new villages are requesting that
someone come and share about Jesus because the
has spread that he is the One true and living God.
December 6, 2019