For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6
As Mony and I are now in India to celebrate the graduations for our Bible College and Seminary students, I can’t help but reflect on how God brought me out of darkness and many of our students as well. Here is one such story of a life that has been transformed through the power of Christ.
Chetan comes from a Hindu family. He is a good guitarist and enjoys playing music. His family was torn apart when his father left the home to marry another woman. Chetan, his mother and sister were devastated, with no one to look after them. The family lost peace and joy.
Chetan stepped up as the breadwinner of the household. To take care of his mother and younger sister, Chetan joined in a local street band, where he played guitar and sang on the streets and in hotels. He was making money, but he began to keep company with immoral friends and slowly became addicted to drugs. Chetan’s mother was displeased with his dangerous lifestyle.
One day, a pastor spoke with Chetan and declared that Chetan’s family would experience peace and joy if Chetan accepted Jesus Christ as Lord. As well, Christ would also set Chetan free from bad habits. The pastor then invited Chetan to visit church.
Chetan decided to visit that same pastor’s Church in Gangtok. He had a good experience and continued to attend regularly. Through the church, Cheetan found out about the Mission India Bible College in Sikkim. Having a desire to learn more about Jesus Christ, he enrolled himself in our Bible College.
After coming to our College, he not only learned more about Jesus, he learned the purpose for his life. During Bible College, he gave his life to Christ, got baptized, and stopped all bad habits. His life is now transformed. He continues to grow stronger in the faith. Chetan completed his Diploma in Theology in 2015.
Today, Chetan has become a successful worship leader in Gangtok. Many churches invite him to lead worship at conventions. God is using him mightily. He continues to serve at his home church as their worship leader. Hundreds are blessed by his ministry. He is also a light to his family. His mother and sister also accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and savior are living peaceful Christian lives. All Glory to Christ alone for changing his life and making Chetan a channel of blessing.
Quote of the Day: “There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.” (Robert Alden)
Prayer of the Day: “Dear God, we thank you for bringing out out of darkness into your new creation. Empower us so that we live lives which are good and pleasing to you!”