"For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Philippians 1:21
I was born and brought up in an orthodox Hindu family, where we worshiped idols and gave priority to goddesses. We were very zealous about status or caste; we used to ridicule people of lower castes and also tribal people. We even thought that Christians were also of the lower caste. This is why we never allowed any Christians or lower caste people into our home, let alone touch them. We had our own isolated puja (prayer) room in our house, which contained 27 pictures of various idols. Twenty years ago our entire family was attacked by witchcraft, performed by our neighbor. Consequently, my mother and I were possessed by evil spirits. For example, while we were sat to eat our food, the cooked rice turned into worms! Many nights we struggled to sleep because we heard somebody knocking at our door, but when we opened the door no one was there. In the morning, we would wake up to see all our things scattered about.
We approached many magicians and spent a lot of money to try and rid us of these problems and demons. We also visited many Hindu temples and offered money and materials. We couldn’t find any deliverance, rather the problems actually got worse. After much suffering, one Sunday all eight of our family members decided to commit suicide. Fortunately a lady who was serving in a Catholic Church behind our home passed by our house. She asked us, "Why do you look very sad?" As she was talking to my grandmother, the lady entered our home and looked into our puja (prayer) room. Then she said, "In this puja (prayer) room you are keeping many gods, pictures and idols. Did any of these gods die for your sins, as Jesus Christ did?"Though we had read books about Hinduism, we had never found any god like Jesus, who died on the cross and was resurrected.
After some time, we confessed that Jesus is the only God, who died for our sins. Then we shared our problems with the lady and she invited us to attend church. Miraculously, our family escaped suicide; we obtained peace of mind but as we later discovered, not full deliverance from the demons. After some time, one of my mother’s colleagues invited us to an all-night prayer meeting at the Church of South India (Madras), which, by that point, we had attended for seven months. On that seventh month the demons attacked my mother and me, even more aggressively than before. The pastor told us about confession of sin and salvation through Christ. Within days my mother was delivered, but I was yet to receive any deliverance. My parents sincerely repented and were baptized. We returned home and burned all our idols, pictures, anything that represented false gods.
Three months after my parents` conversion, I was yet again attacked by the demons and laid in bed unconscious for days. Even my parents lost hope that I would regain consciousness. The pastor from the Pentecostal Church prayed solidly, without taking a drop of water, for seven days and I awoke on the seventh day. On account of this, the rest of our family came to the Lord, and since that time our entire family have been devoted only to Christ. All of this occurred in 1979.
Being well, I went on to further study. While I was completing my degree the Lord called me to serve him full time. He confirmed my call through Luke 6:13; And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles. I had the privilege of studying the word of God for three years in a seminary (B.D) school at Dehra Dun Uttranchel in North India.There I received the burden for Punjabis to share the love of Jesus Christ and, in 1993, I became a pioneer missionary along with my family. I worked as Project Manager under World Vision in Dehra Dun in the state of Utter Pradesh. I was promoted as Coordinator and transferred to Chandigarh when the Lord spoke to me in 1993 to be a church planter.
Early Ministry (Start Up) Establishment of our church
"Go into all the world and preach the good news" Mark 16:15
In 1993 my wife and I were called, by the Grace of God to go into Northern India, a place where the Gospel had not been preached. I had been working as project coordinator for World Vision in Chandigarh, the state capital of Punjab and Hariyana, in Northern India. The Lord put on our hearts to become a church planter. We prayed and asked God to send us to a place where there were no Christians. He led us to a village known as Maloya.
The people of Maloya are Hindu and Sikh. Everyday we would walk a 18 kilometer round trip to hand out Gospel tracts to the people. In the beginning we were collecting discarded tracts because the people were not interested. Many people mocked us, because they thought we were there just to have fun and not work.
For one year there was no response. It was very hard on us because we had no family or friends to fall back on, but we continued. One day a Hindu man stopped us and questioned what we were doing. We introduced ourselves as full time ministers of God and shared our testimony, and the Gospel, with him. He was very interested in our message and us. He soon shared his problems with us, he suffered from epilepsy and the doctors could not give him relief. He was also in great financial debt. We told him that through Jesus Christ there is hope. That very day, he and his family accepted Jesus as their savior. We prayed for him and he was delivered from epilepsy and soon after was given a job as a cook. He managed to get out of debt and was able to keep his home. We then began praying, teaching and counseling them over the next month. However, their neighbors tried to discourage them from associating with Christians. One woman, who was possessed by a spirit, told this man and his family not to believe what we were teaching them, so they chose to come to our house. They were so amazed at the love we showed them that they decided to never return to Hinduism.
One by one his extended family came to know Jesus as their savior. Many other people in the community also heard of the miracles that happened and came to hear about this hope. After ten years, we have had the privilege of baptizing 325 new believers from the village of Maloya!
Our church has grown so much that we are in need of expansion; currently we have a very small building to hold our services. From our own church, and by the Grace of God, we have raised three servants of God - all from those who had been saved from the Hindu community by our ministry from Maloya - and sent them to different parts of Punjab to spread the Word. Three Sunday school centers have been established and VBS is also being conducted every year in June. Also, we have a day care center for poor children. These children are rescued from streets and poor homes, etc, and given a meal and education. We ask no money of these communities. These are the channels being used to draw adults and children to Christ'sKingdom in this area that holds persecution towards Christianity. In spite of all the hurdles and opposition to the True Word, the Kingdom of God is extending by preaching, teaching, holding seminars and Sunday Schools.
TO DATE WE HAVE ESTABLISHED 6 CENTERS WITH 60 CHILDREN IN EACH CENTER.
1.To provide facilities of education to poor children
4.Help the widows and orphans
5.Conduct the seminars
8.Medical assistance for poor people (community)
Please pray that the Lord may help us to meet out needs of an orphanage in In India.
Yours in His Kingdom,
Pastor Jagan and Mrs.Daisy Mohan
For further Information:
Pastor C.V.Jagan & Daisy Mohan
Please pray for our urgent needs: Need poor children Day Care home support and incomplete of church building
and to establish an orphanage in ChandigarhNorth WestIndia.
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