Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

I would like to share with you my testimony how I am saved by our LORD JESUS CHRIST. My Name is now John Prasad. I live in Visakhapatnam District, and State of Andhra Pradesh, India.

I was born in a high cast Hindu Family. My name was Prasad. As a Hindu teenager I hated Christians so much and was physically violent towards Christians. Because, I am worship the Hindu gods. In fact my heart was so devoted to my Hindu gods that I began to hate pastors and Christians. I knew nothing about the Christian faith.

I was 17 years old, one night I had a dream and in that dream Jesus appeared and asked me “Prasad why are you beating my children? I told Him that I trust and believe my Hindu Gods only. I told Him to go away. About a week later Jesus appeared me in my dream again and said to stop hurting His people. I rejected Him again. That very afternoon I
became ill. I ran a very high fever with severe body pains. My family took me to the hospital. The doctor was very concerned about me; he said my case is very serious. I was in the hospital for one month. The doctors did everything they could do. My father paid them a lot of money to try to heal me, but my health condition gone worse. Finally, the doctor said sorry, and he could do nothing more and sent home to my fate.

By that time I could not walk. I had pain all over my body. My sight was blurry. My parents drove me to temple after temple hoping the gods would hear our prayers and heal me. We visited 25 temples. We brought the coconuts and bananas and all the usual offerings, but there was no response and my health condition still gone worse and worse.

My parents and my brother and my friends took me to the biggest Hindu temple. We believed that surely now our god will heal me.  We believed our Hindu 3 million gods must be powerful enough to heal me. We spent three days in the temple crying to our gods, but there was no response. After we left the temple my father took me to a doctor. The doctor said I was very close to death. At this point I was not able to eat or drink, my eyes become blue and I was not able to use my hands & legs.

That night in the drowse state Jesus came to me again with beautiful smile and bright light on the face. I repented my sins and prayed Him to heal my sickness. I told Him that I will wrap my whole life around Him and live only for Him. He touched me with love saying that my sins are pardoned,  my illness is cured. He gave me a peace of bread and wine to drink. He said that I will be a new man and will be a fisher of men bringing people to Him. He said that He will be my teacher. He called me John. Since then I am called as John.

I wake up in the morning; I saw my mother’s face clearly. My eyes are clear. I was hungry and asked my mother for food and drink. I ate a big breakfast. I was still a little weak, but I could walk. I told my entire family about my dream. They were very wondered for the recovery of health. I welcomed a Christian pastor to come and talk to me, but none has come. They were all afraid of to come. Within a week I was completely got well. I walked 3 Kilometers to a church and asked for guidance. I got a Bible and began to read it. I prayed four hours a day. I had a hard time to understand what I read. I wondered about my future. I do not know how to become a Christian and follower of JESUS, because there was so much I did not understand in the BIBLE. But I knew I become as a new person. The people of my village noticed that I was so different. They thought may be I had lost my mind. My parents were glad that I was well. It was hard for them to understand all of what had happened to me at first.

True to His word after 6 months of my healing, Jesus again appeared in a dream. I told Him my unable ness to understanding His words in Bible. I knee downed before Him and He touched me my fore head and said I will fish men. He laid His hands on my head and gave me an anointing to preach the gospel and to heal the sick, to speak in tongues and gifts to prophesy. Now I am a preacher of the gospel. I tell everyone the wonderful things that Jesus did for me and can do for any one who follow Him.
Since I became a Christian Jesus changed my heart. I love the orphans and the widows. He tells me that I should show my faith in my actions, which the Jesus love, by helping the helpless. I started helping with all that I can help with the love of Jesus. So many people have suffering so many ways here in India. There is much HIV/AIDS problem here in my areas. So many children became orphans because of HIV/AIDS, T.B., CANCER, and LEPROSY. Jesus has put His love in my heart so I cannot leave them helplessly in the streets. My family members have all come to the Lord.

  We are suffered with rejection by many people for our faith. When my father converted as Christian he lost much money in agriculture because people have refused to give their land to my father for rent to cultivate paddy/rice. My father was a good rice farmer. Even though he lost much, my father was very generous and cared for the widows and orphans in our areas. In March 2012 my father died.

I am so sad. I wondered how we can lead without my father. I do not know harvesting. My brother also died after 5 years. Now I am left to care for the family and His work. I have my mother and my wife, Hephzibah and my two sons and my young Brother Satish to care for. Jesus tells me to continue to preach the gospel.

We are helping 600 widows and 100 orphans and also we have number of pastors to support. Fifty people has converted as Christians from my village. I go to the neighboring villages and preach them the gospel. Many people in my area have never heard the name of Jesus. India needs the gospel.

Since my father's death my church people are helping me with all that they can to fulfill the needs of the widows and orphans, but they have so little money. My church people are very poor. The pastors are poor. My father’s death is so sad because he was so generous to the poor. Now I try my best to feed the helpless, but I cannot always do it. Sometimes there is not money enough to buy rice and the children must go to bed foisting. My mother and my wife and I have cried many times and prayed our Lord God to help the widows and orphans. We know that God loves the orphans and the widows. He will not forget us.

The spirit of the Lord spoke to me through a vision regarding my future.  He told me that I would preach all over India and in other nations, too. He has commissioned me to preach to those who have never heard the gospel.  I spend my time talking to many people, trying to share with them the salvation that they need in Jesus Christ. No matter from what religion or race or nation you are, Jesus loves you and He wants you to come to Him for salvation. My mother, a brother live with the orphans in the small building we have for them.  My wife and two sons sleep in a very old small thatched house. We have 75 orphans now.  It is our hope and dream to someday provide a better shelter to care for these dear children.

  I have great joy, which is immeasurable in my heart because I know Jesus. I want to reach out to people with diverse and overwhelming problems and show them how Jesus has the answer for them. I walk door to door and talk with people. I am going out to where people are living and sharing the good news of Jesus with them.  I and my 5 team members are doing this ministry full time.  We are taking the gospel to the people who need it so desperately and showing our faith by our actions. I do not want to waste any of the time I have here on earth.  I want to use all my time and resources to obey what Jesus has called me to do.  I do not take a day at home living for myself.  Every day I go out and try to reach the lost.

Please support us anyway you can. Please help us build an orphanage for the children.  Please help us to help the helpless.  We need your humble assistance in meeting the overwhelming need to preach to the lost and to help the orphans and widows.  We cannot do it alone.  Please pray and ask God what you can do to help us. All our love comes from God.  All our faith comes from God.  We must come together to reach the lost and help the helpless. We must work together to meet the needs of the helpless.  We work in unity to praise the Lord Jesus.  It is the prayer of Jesus' heart before He went to the cross that we would be one.  John 17: 18-23 records the Lord Jesus' prayer.

“Even as you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.  And for them I make myself holy, so that they may be made truly holy. My prayer is not for them only, but for all who will have faith in me through their word; May they all be one! Even as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, so let them be in us, so that all men may come to have faith that you sent me.  And the glory which you have given to me I have given to them, so that they may be one even as we are one; I in them, and you in me, so that they may be made completely one, and so that it may become clear to all men that you have sent me and that they are loved by you as I am loved by you.”

Since my father's death, the Lord is teaching me how to depend on Him for everything. I am asking God to make a way for me to continue to care for the orphans and widows so they can stay here with me where I can feed them not only physically, but with the Word of God.   I still believe we must build the orphans a good shelter. I am asking my brothers and sisters in Christ to help me to care for the needy and to bring the gospel to those who have never heard.

I pray God for resources so that I can preach to more and more people.  In this 11 years, being a Christian pastor called by our Lord God I have preached about 1 million people in India. But my compassion is to reach more and more with the Good News.  I love everyone, and I want to tell them about the love of Jesus. Please share this story to your friends and families. I want them to know the love of Jesus and have eternal life.

Sincerely your brother in Christ,

Pastor John Prasad
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