A REASON TO LIVE - Charles Christian, Gujarat
I was born to christian parents in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, my father is an advocate and mother a nurse. We have been Salvationists of Bapunagar corps and minister to the needs of the corps. I as an introvert hate church ministries thinking that these are hypocrisy yet I have good reputation within my society. I had been a good student till class ten and never faced any serious problem in my life. When I joined new school for class eleven I got new friends whose modern life style enticed me and I yielded to their tempting words. I started enjoying my youth like any other worldly youngsters. My uncertainty of passing in higher secondary examination made me decide that I should run away from home and I found myself depressed in the railway station. God really sent some friends to counsel me to go back home.
I appeared for my examinations and I failed because I did not study well and finally the idea of committing suicide kept coming to my mind as if it was the only best solution. Though I passed all my papers I lost hope in life and my future seemed dark. At this time I was invited to attend Youth Camp for five days just for a change but it changed my whole life. The word of God which is powerful than any two edged sword made me realize my sins and I knelt on the final day at the mercy seat confessing all my sins. I gave my life to Jesus who changes lives.
I joined Bible College in Chandigarh to learn more about God’s word and His purpose. After completion of my Bachelor of Theology I worked in a local church and again enrolled myself for Master of Divinity at Trivandrum Bible College, Kerala. God has been using me as His instrument to witness in other states like Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, and Tripura. If at all I can boast I can boast of my Christ who changed my life for ever. I glorify my Lord and thank Him for all his wonder working power.
Charles Christian , Bapunagar Corps, Ahmedabad Division, IWT - Gujarat