Uttar Pradesh and
After the last trip to U.P.
and Bihar in March, Pastor Rajeshwer had
been overwhelmed with the work of God in those parts and the
response from the people. He had immediately begun arrangements for
more preachers and ministers to become aware of the Present
Truth. He was overjoyed that the Lord was
moving slowly, and in such a beautiful simple
way - to clear away the century old
traditional beliefs from believers’ minds.
realized the move of the Holy Spirit in our age, and witnessed the
mighty works that He had promised all His disciples.
So, a second trip was arranged hastily for me
in May. Until I actually left Coimbatore,
I was still waiting for confirmation from the Lord, and then I heard
that small still voice in my heart saying,
“Go, for I am with
you.” And I went.
The last time there, we were quite apprehensive
about extremist opposition, given our knowledge of the area. And so
it was with a lot of trepidation, that I left my family this time
left Coimbatore at 11:20 am by flight to travel to Varanasi -
the land of Hindu mystics and spiritualists - via
I touched down in
Varanasi at 7:30 pm, and just like the last time, Bro. Arpan who
would serve as my interpreter this time as well, and Pastor
Rajeshwer, were at the airport to receive me.
We had a train from Varanasi to
Sasaram which was delayed, as usual, by one and a half hours. It was
expected to arrive by 10:00 pm. So we grabbed dinner and then
boarded our train. By the time we arrived in Sasaram, it was 3.00
am. We freshened up and then sank into out beds at around 4:30 am
for a light snooze. We had to be up by 7:00 am for the meetings that
Even at 9:00 am the next morning, the
heat was oppressive. It was 47 degrees C outside, and the sun beat
down relentlessly as we made our way to the meeting place.
meetings had been arranged in a hall which was usually let out for
functions. We had expected a larger crowd, but only 30 people showed
up, mostly women. Four meetings had been arranged in Sasaram.
The first session began at 11:00 am.
My message that day was about ‘The Newness of Life in Christ’.
We also had a prayer service after
the message, and all the attendees were touched.
I was a little disturbed in my spirit, as I noticed a man come in at
the back with a Bible in his hand. However, he was wearing an orange
tilak (the sacred vermillion mark) that most Hindu devotees wear on
their foreheads when coming from a visit to the temple. He kept
talking over the phone while I preached and I felt something was not
The 2nd session would start that
evening at 4:00 pm, so lunch was served and we adjourned to our
Bro. Arpan and I decided to take a
short nap, because the journey had quite tired us out, and we ended
up oversleeping. By the time we rose, it was 4:30 pm, and we were
scrambling to get ready to go to the meeting premises.
I guess it was the hand of Providence
that made us to over sleep that day, because as we were preparing to
leave, Pastor Rajeshwer came to our room telling us that the 2nd
session had been cancelled, as 8 members of a Hindu extremist group
had come to the meeting premises (just as the meeting was about to
start) and had been asking to speak with him. He guessed that there
would be trouble. He related what had transpired.
The Hindu extremist group had been
asking the local organizer who the guest speaker was, where he was
from, and what we had been preaching, why were we propagating
Christianity, and so forth. The men proceeded to ask the people
assembled there if they knew who and where we were, and the people
said they did not. The group did not want to leave the hall, and
were trying to prevent the meeting. Pastor Rajeshwer was called and
informed about the situation. He told me that it would be better if
Bro. Arpan and I remained in our rooms, as there was no telling what
those men would do if they found people from other States coming to
preach in their land, and would use this as an excuse to hype the
propaganda of forced conversion in the papers. He added that he
would go to meet those men as promised and face the problem head on.
He was afraid, and so were we, as we knelt down in that hotel room
and prayed for his safety and for the will of the Lord to be done.
It was like sending Daniel into the den of lions.
Well, we spent several nail biting
hours in our room. The churches in Tamil Nadu and North Bengal had
rallied together to pray for us round the clock after we told them
of the situation. Bro. Arpan and I went down on our knees praying
for the safe return of our dear brother. While praying, I began
speaking in tongues, and I understood in my Spirit what I had
spoken. The Word of the Lord was sure and strong: “No harm shall
come to my Bride. She shall overcome all things, for the anointing
of Messiah now rests on her.”
After I finished praying, Bro. Arpan
who had recently begun studying Hebrew, told me that I had been
speaking in Hebrew. He had caught certain Hebrew words in my speech
as I prayed, and it was a great encouragement to Him, that the Lord
had been speaking to us. Shortly after we ended prayer, at around
7:00 pm, Bro. Rajeshwer called us and told us that he was now safe,
and that he would be bringing us dinner later on. The relief on
hearing his voice was huge indeed!
When Bro. Rajeshwer brought us dinner
at around 8:00 pm, he elaborated on what had happened. He had
gone to the meeting place. There had been 8 men waiting for him, all
of whom looked like thugs. When asked who the chief speaker had been
that morning, Pastor Rajeshwer told them that I was his mentor, and
that I had left the place, and that the preaching was about Newness
of Life in Christ Jesus.
They began interrogating him
“Why do you, being a local, bring these men from outside into our
state to start something like this?”
“What are you preaching?”
“Are you converting people?”
“Why are you creating dissent among the Hindu population?
“In whose Name do you preach?”
“With whose authority do you preach these things?”
“Why do you not preach in the name of Lord Krishna (Indian Hindu
….and so forth.
Pastor Rajeswher told us, it was not
himself, but the Spirit of the Lord within him, that answered:
“We preach about Christ Jesus, and how he shows us the path to
salvation, to do good, not to harm others, to leave our bad ways and
turn to the good, to renew our lives and receive strength from him
to live new lives…that was today’s message. Is it wrong to speak
against leaving one’s habit of drinking, or smoking, or adultery? Is
it wrong to speak out against sin? We have not forced anyone to
convert. We are just preaching what we know is the truth. We are not
here to create divisions among men, but to show them how to live
right, and how to be saved from their sins. We preach in the Name of
the Lord Jesus Christ, by the authority that He has given us on
earth. We do not preach in the name of any other deity because He is
our God, and it is He who has saved us. Would you have a Moslem
preach in the name of Krishna? Or would you – a Hindu preach in the
name of Allah? We have recognized Him as our God, and so we will
preach only in His Name.”
“Speak no more in this Name.”,
they said, and it was the spirit from generations past that had
spoken through the Pharisees when they had Peter and John beaten for
boldly proclaiming the gospel – that spirit was back again to crush
the revival that the Lord had begun in His Church.
At that time two women came forward
and testified as to how, after the morning message, they had gone
forward for prayer and had been healed of their aliments, one of
then from severe migraine attacks, and the other from a
serious back pain disorder for which she had visited numerous
doctors but had not got any remedy until that day. They both
confessed to being healed after prayer, and this seemed to catch the
interrogators off guard.
And it was then that Pastor Rajeshwer
began testifying of how the Lord Jesus had touched him, how he had
been converted from a devout religious Hindu to a Christian.
Miraculously, his interrogators silently heard the whole testimony.
They video-taped the entire interrogation for their organization, as
At the end they said, “We do not
find you as trouble makers, so you can go. But whenever we call you,
either to the police station, or to court, you will have to be
present. And it is better if you do not continue anything in this
place.” Pastor Rajeshwer replied them that he would be ready to
go when called, and the men left. Then he asked the organizer
to have dinner served for the people, and concluded the prayer
When he related all this to us, we
were filled with the joy that the Lord had proved His Word to us:
The Bride shall overcome! The Lord was with us, truly and palpably,
and we were surely doing His will.
Well, the next day’s meeting was
cancelled, but we were not disheartened, because we knew the Lord
was working. 12 people had given their hearts to the Lord after
listening to the message the day before, and we set off for a
planned baptism service at around 9:00 am.
The place for the service was The
Karamchand Dam around 35 kms away from where we were lodged. Two
auto rickshaws had been arranged to transport the people there.
In Bihar, there is no limit to
passengers in an auto rickshaw. 2 men sit in the front alongside the
driver, and around 6 people pile in the 3 seater space at the back,
with children and luggage wedged wherever a gap could be found. It
beat anything that I had seen in my own home state of Tamil Nadu so
The road to the area was so bad – it
was like 9 bumps a minute. It was as if we were riding in a
vibrating roller coaster, or over an everlasting speed bump. Bro.
Arpan and I named it ‘Vibration Road’. By the time we reached the
place our hands and feet were screaming and our jaws seemed to be
relieved to be still, after the constant clacking of our teeth along
After the long dusty, bumpy, and
unbearably hot ride, the dam stretching out with all that blue water
before us was like an oasis in the desert.
men and seven women were ready for baptism, and we began the service
with prayer and a short message.
One of the rickshaw drivers who had
brought us there looked quite peculiar. He was a devout Hindu by the
looks of it. He had numerous religious amulets and threads around
his neck, the usual vermillion on his forehead, and I was a bit
concerned given the events of the previous day.
Now, the water was quite deep at
places, and the rocks on the dam bed sharp and protruding, so some
extra help was required to get the people out from the water safely
after baptism, and this auto rickshaw driver volunteered. He asked
us what we were doing there, and in simple terms one of the brothers
explained to him that we were having a Christian bathing ritual to
affirm our faith in Christ.
of the younger brothers who accompanied the party posed a question
in the water. He said, “I need to have this clarified. I know I
am a sinner, and have a tendency to sin, and I know I need Christ,
but how do you say that I have to repent of my sins if I have not
committed any serious sins in my life?"
I then went on to explain that there
was no comparison of sins in Christ’s view, about the sin in the
garden, and why we all needed redemption, about the sin in the blood
for which the blood of the sinless Lamb had to be shed to absolve us
from all guilt, and how Christ had to pay the price to ransom us
back and restore us to the glory for which we had first been
created. Having clarified the issue, I reiterated the difference
between Matthew 28:19 and Acts 2:38, to the others before they
stepped into the water, they suddenly shouted out with joy for the
revelation of the Lord’s Name JESUS CHRIST.
I began the baptism service.
After 3 of those gathered there were
baptized, the auto rickshaw driver who was standing quite close to
me said, “Guru, (meaning ‘mentor’) give me this holy bath as
I understood he was asking me to
baptize him I asked if he had understood what was going on. He
answered, yes, that he had heard my message and was convicted in his
heart; he had understood that he too was guilty and needed
salvation, and wanted to live right.
Not fully convinced that he was
sincere, I told him that if he was really serious about ‘taking the
holy bath’, he needed to know that once he was baptized he could no
longer go back to his old life, that he had to live straight from
then on, he couldn’t smoke, drink, chew tobacco, live immorally,
engage in any violence or idol worship; and only if he was ready for
all this, would I baptize him. The man said, he was ready.
Then I asked him to take off his
amulets and threads, and he did. The last thing that was left was a
red thread around his right hand. This is something that many people
in India wear to ward off evil spirits or for a certain cause like
protection or success. The magicians in the temples usually cast a
spell on it before tying it to the wearers hand for good fortune.
And as it is a whole reel of thread, it usually is never taken off
the hand, even while bathing. However, I felt the Lord leading
me to tell him to take it off, and so I asked him to.
Now, this was no easy matter, as the
thread was quite tough, and woven together. No one had a pair of
scissors or a blade on hand to cut it off. And the man asked me,
“How should I?”
I told him that God had given him a
sharp set of teeth to cut it off by, and that he needed to do this
if he wanted baptism so badly. I later understood it was the Lord
dealing with his faith.
He did cut of all the thread with his
teeth, and then he was baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus
Christ. When he came out of the water, I could feel the presence of
God in him. I told him that he was now a believer, and no longer a
lost sinner, and he smiled the biggest smile.
The man biting off his religious thread.
(To see the video go to:
So 12 were prepared to give their
lives to the Lord that day, and then suddenly there were 13.
The place where we had the baptism itself was a big risk. It was a
known area, quite far from any essential facilities, quite in the
middle of nowhere even if we needed help of any kind. I always had
my eye on the auto driver because his look made me doubt if he was a
member of some extremist group spying on us. But, whatever the case
was, the Lord had touched him that day.
As he dropped us off at the hotel
room, I advised him to buy a Bible and read it daily. He asked for
instructions as to which church to go to each Sunday. Pastor
Rajeshwer put him in contact with one of the pastors who had
recently been baptized in Jesus Christ’ Name, and asked him to go
there. I hope to see him growing in the Lord the next time I visit
We left Sasaram for Buxar where we
had had meetings the last time, by taxi. We left at 3:00 pm and
reached by 6:30 pm. We had an early dinner and then retired for the
The next day, we left our lodges for
a 10 to 12 km drive into an interior village in Buxar district where
we were supposed to have 2 sessions with a break for lunch in the
afternoon for two consecutive days. The meeting was held in a school
There were around 85 people
assembled, and the service began by 11:00 am.
I spoke about “The Mystery of the
Godhead”, and “Baptism”.
Lunch was served at 1:00 pm. It had
been arranged for us in the local pastor’s home nearby. As we were
sitting down to eat, two old women from the village entered the
house entreating us to pray. One of them said that her
grandson (in his late teen), who was in another village, was for a long time afflicted
with deadly mouth disease. He had not been able to eat anything
except liquids and that too with difficulty for the past month, and
was growing sicker by the day. I asked her if she believed that
Jesus Christ had the power to heal and she said yes. I then prayed
over a bottle of oil and handed it to the old grandmother telling
her to apply it in her grandson’s mouth in faith that the blood of
Jesus would give her victory, and the Name of Jesus Christ would
bring healing to her grandson. But that he would have to come to
Christ and leave his old fleshly sins behind, once he received his
(NOTE: I have now been informed that
the young man has recovered from his deadly mouth affliction, and is
able to eat. The local pastors are instructing him in the Word.
Praise be to the Almighty God.)
The 2nd session began at 2:00 pm.
There was good response from the
congregation, especially from the pastors who had attended, and who
later said that they had received a clear understanding of the
Apostolic doctrine through the message.
At 4:30 pm, we had a prayer service,
and wound up by 5:00 pm.
At the end of the service, the
principal of the village school where we had held the meeting, who
was a Hindu, came forward and told me that he had been immensely
touched by what he had heard, and expressed a keen interest to know
more, and to attend any future meetings that we may have there.
15 people were ready to be baptized
in Jesus’ name, including a few pastors. The baptism party was led
to a nearby pond around 5:30 pm, and the service there wound up in
an hour with great rejoicing.
I instructed one of the local pastors
whom I had baptized in Jesus’ Name the previous time I was in Buxar,
to baptize these new souls.
Five of the elderly pastors who had
been at the forefront of ministering in the area had to leave before
the baptism service to attend the wedding of a believer they all
knew, quite a distance away. But they each told me that they had
understood the truth, and that they were ready to be baptized, they
and their entire congregations together.
Next day, the service began as usual,
by 11:00 am. The message was centred on “Holiness and
Sanctification” and about Traditional Indian Christianity’s leniency
in the mingling of Hindu and cultural rituals in the believer’s life
and conduct, and the move of the Holy Spirit in our times”.
We had a special healing and
deliverance prayer service that day at 2:00 pm, and then proceeded
A woman came forward with an unusual problem. She said that whatever
livestock her family used to purchase in the market to breed and
live by, died within 3 to 5 days of buying them. It was like a
curse. None of her livestock would last. The Lord told me that there
was someone who had cast a witchcraft spell on her that this should
happen. So, I touched her hands with a few drops of oil, as led by
the Lord, and prayed for her, and the Lord told me to tell her that
in the future whatever livestock she bought in the market, she would
have to lay her hands on the livestock first and pray, and then
bring the livestock home, and the Lord would see that she prospered.
She had accepted salvation in Jesus’ Name.
(NOTE: In the few weeks after I
returned home I learned that she had indeed purchased livestock and
claimed her deliverance in the Lord. All her livestock were now
flourishing and are alive till date. She has purchased two cows and
a buffalo and they have been giving a high yield of milk and are
alive and healthy. This miracle has given her a chance to testify of
the love of the Lord God, and what He had done for her through the
power of Christ Jesus.)
We wound up by 3:00 pm.
Our train from Buxar to Etawah was at
7:40 pm, late as usual, and we would reach Etawah by 7:40 am the
next day, at the latest.
(NOTE: Many of you who may have read
the report of my earlier trip to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, may have
come across the testimony of a man named Shivram, who had been
blinded in both eyes due to cataracts. The last time I had been
there the Lord has restored his sight in one eye during the healing
service, and he had confessed that it had been one eye only, due to
his disobedience in obeying the call of the Lord to be baptized. But
Praise the Lord! one of the pastors who I had baptized the last time
I was in Bihar, baptized this brother and he received sight in his
other eye as well, just as he had confessed!)
To see a Video Recap of the Biharreport go to:
The next day as soon as we reached
our lodgings, Bro. Arpan and I freshened up and then slept off our
tiredness. Pastor Rajeshwer saw to our meals, and we had some good
fellowship together in our room. We discussed about the Infilling of
the Holy Spirit, the Move of God in the Bride, and the Ushering in
of Revival for the Bride Ministry to begin. Bro. Arpan was greatly
encouraged with the ministry work in the State and also told us of
the ministry goings on, and the difficulties he and his father had
to face in their home State of West Bengal.
We had the meeting in the same
premises as the last time. There were around 90 people present
including ministers. The service began at 10:30 am, with a break for
lunch at around 2:00 pm.
The 2nd session began at 4:00 pm and went on till 6:00 pm.
I preached on “The Mystery of the
Godhead”, “Man’s Sinfulness” and “Mortifying the deeds of the
I also cleared up any doubts that
existed regarding baptism, and explained that there was only one
true baptism, and that re-baptism was not a 2nd baptism but the
rectification of an error in the way we had been led before.
At 6:00 pm we had a healing and
deliverance service where many of the sick and afflicted came
forward to be prayed over.
It was then that a young sister came
forward for prayer to be delivered from an evil spirit that had been
oppressing her from her youth. She was a Christian but whenever she
desired to get closer to the Lord, or meditate, or read the Word of
God, she felt an evil presence overpower her and something choke her
throat so that she wasn’t able to make a sound – either speak or
cry, and sometimes even breathe.
I prayed over the sister and she was
delivered from her demonic oppression within minutes.
To see this video go to:
Later Pastor Rajeshwer sent me her
testimony video on WhatsApp. She has been reading the Bible aloud
without any problems till date.
To see her testimony go to:
Later I learned that a pastor’s son,
also present that day, who had been suffering from the same kind of
demonic oppression; and he too had been delivered by prayer.
had been a few youth who had not been so focused on the message that
day, and had been treating the service lightly; however after seeing
the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in healings and demonic
deliverance, came forward and asked for prayer for their various
infirmities and also for their spiritual growth.
The next day we had an early baptism
service at 8:00 am before the main service started. 5 pastors and 10
believers were baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ.
The message that day focused on ‘Baptism by Fire’ and ‘Holiness Unto
After lunch, I introduced the ordinance of feet washing to the
ministers who had embraced the truth, to be followed during their
respective communion services in their churches.
We also had a simple Anointing Service for 19 pastors who were now
ready to go and set Uttar Pradesh on fire for the Word of God.
At the end we had a Prayer Service for the sick and afflicted.
It was a time of great joy and blessing for all of us.
Everything was packed up by 4:00 pm,
and we had to retire to our lodgings for a brief rest.
That evening we had dinner in Pastor Rajeshwer’s home and got in
some rest before packing for our 2:00 am train to New Delhi the next
Bro. Rajeshwer wondered as to how a
simple conversation that had started over the phone just 3 months
ago had begun a revival in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. When we thought
about it, we saw that the last time we had baptized around 44
pastors in the Name of Jesus Christ, who were now grounded in the
truth of God’s Word. These 44 were taking the message into their
villages and among their congregations scattered around the State.
This time we had baptized 13 pastors who had said that they would
lead their flock according to the Original Truth of God’s Word. This
meant that if each pastor has an average of say, 20 believers in
their church at the very least, the truth has now been preached to
1,140 people in various churches, that is not counting the believers
who had been baptized and had begun testifying, and the ministers
who were yet to be baptized along with their congregation. God is
moving among us, among His people in wondrous ways.
The never failing delay of the India
Railways is something that one can most count on and so we boarded
late and arrived at New Delhi by 8:30 am the next morning.
To see a video recap of the Uttar
Pradesh report go to:
Bro. Arpan and I booked a room
near the railway station where we could freshen up before our
flights that afternoon.
My flight was at 1:20 pm, and his at
1:10 pm, so we both made our way to the airport together. However,
due to some VIP entourage on the plane that day, Bro. Arpan’s flight
was postponed to the next day, and so we parted ways.
I reached Coimbatore that night full
of the mission trip’s news. It had been a successful mission, even
though our meetings in Sasaram had been hindered.
We go to the Lord with our frailties,
and our meager wisdom and strength, and he speaks to us just as he
spoke to Gideon, “Go in this thy might,….. have not I sent thee?”
Do continue in prayer for the work in
these two States in India, and for all the ministers who have
embraced the Truth and are serving Him now.
The following testimonies were sent
to me of a few healings that took place this time round, after my
return to Coimbatore, TN. May the Name of the Lord be glorified.
I have also attached a few photos of how the ministry begun in Bihar
and Uttar Pradesh, are carrying on from March of this year.