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I'M A CHRISTIAN...NOW WHAT?

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"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you before you were born I set you apart I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:4 (NIV).
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" Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I summoned you by name. You are mine". Isaiah 43:1 (NIV).
My father late Rev.Dumala Joshua served the Lord honestly and sincerely through out his life. My grand father Dumala prakasarao was a great devout of JESUS CHRIST. The elder brother of my father Moses was also a pastor. From my mother's side, my great grand father Samuel was a pastor and my grand father Anandam also served the Lord.

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I was born in the early fifties. Earlier to my birth, 2 female babies and one male baby were born to my parents but died during the infancy. Four years after my birth my mother gave birth to a female baby. At the age of 2, she had fallen sick. Medicines used and for better medical care for her, we went to a town called Sattenapalli where our relatives dwelt.There treatment was being given to my ailing sister.

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One night me, mother and two year old sister laid ourselves on mat on the floor. No lamps.Darkness reigns.Out side the room my father, his elder brother and other relatives involved in a conversation which was being heard by us clearly because the time was around 7:00 only. Though we shut our eyes we were not in sleep.

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I OBSERVED A BRILLIANT LIGHT FILLED THE ROOM. I HAD OPENED MY EYES AND SAW A SUPERNATURAL MAN WITH A GLORIFIED BODY. I GAZED AT HIM AND IDENTIFIED/RECOGNISED HIM AS JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. HE WAS LOOKING AT ME. I CRIED ALOUD MOTHER HE IS JESUS OUR LORD JESUS OUR LORD AND SHUT MY EYES. MY MOTHER OPENED HER EYES AND LOOKED AT HIM AND SHOUTED ALOUD JESUS OUR LORD JESUS OUR LORD AND SHUT OUR HER EYES.

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After few seconds we opened our eyes and out of ignorance we began to search for Him in the room and outside.He was not found. It was not a dream, trance or ecstacy but face to face vision of Him. At that time i was 6years old.After few days of this incident,The Lord God and Jesus both appeared to me in a dream. With in a few days, my sister died.
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Since my father was a pastor working in a mission, he was being transferred from one place to another place after a fixed tenure at a point along with us.
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My father admitted me in a christian school hostel attached, for my primary educaion. In the sunday school worship, i actively participated with more interest than any other collegues of mine.
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At the age of 16, I went to a river called Gundlakamma along with my hostel mates for bathing. I do not know swimming hence I stepped in water waist deep and bathing. All my friends swam in the middle part of the river and involve in joyful activities throwing water on each other and laughing etc.

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Assuming that there may not be depth, i moved one foot forward from where i was. Alas! it was very deep. I sank beneath the water and coming up over water and again going in side the deep of the water. I swalloed much water. When I came up above water I tried to request my friends to help me but my efforts became futile since again went into the deep waters immediately.

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I thought I was sure to die. As a last resort I cried aloud "Jesus The Lord save me, Jesus The Lord save me, Jesus The Lord save me, Jesus The Lord save me". Miraculously my feet touched the soil in the water. With great pain I moved to the shore and rested for a while. PRAISE THE LORD.

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At the tmie of schooling, I used to study Bible, biographies of great devouts like Billy Graham, John wesley, George Muller, Hudson Tayler, Charles T Stud, Sadhu sunder singh, David Livingston,John sung,David Brainard and Miss Annamani etc., and a vast christian religious literature. I attended numerous revival meetings. I used to observe fasting/ solitary prayers in the house and forests. Because I firmly believed that the divine purpose towards me is that I should serve Him. I helped my father in ministry and both worked among uncivilsed people (like Red Indians in the USA) of the forests.

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The killer disease TB attacked my father who battled with it for six years and finally succumbed to it. He passed away during the final year of my graduation. His death left a fatal blow to my spiritual life. I became an orphan though my mother lived since we were in the teeth of poverty.Life became miserable. I was caught up in the loose ends.

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At the time of his death the salary of my father was just $0-70 cents per a month. The terminal benefit of my father was just provident fund $ 32-00 only which we had received from the mission.We have no movable and immovable property. The cankerous poverty doomed me. I became cynical of God.

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For a number of years I had no job. At last I got a job. But God touched me in 1985. After a three month prayer God talked to me. While I was reading chapter 43 of Isaiah, the Holy Spirit came on me focussing/centering my heart and mind on the verses 23,24,25 and 26 of that chapter. It was a divine experience which can not be expressed in any human language. God was compelling me through various verses of Bible and dreams to obey His call and do His service. At last I obeyed His call and from 1989 onwards I have been in the ministry(21 years as of today). After a few years i resigned my job. I am an independent Gospel servant not attached to any mission/organisation/church.

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One day I asked God why I passed through many trials and tribulations. He replied to me with this verse:
" See, I have refined you, though not as silver. I have tested you in the furnace of afflictions. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this." Isaiah 48:10-11(NIV).
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God gave the following promise to my ministry:
"On this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not over come it" Matthew 16:18 (NIV).


GOD BLESS YOU.


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Comment by God Is For Us on September 29, 2010 at 6:05pm
‘And kit shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
21 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.’ (Acts 2:17-21)
The New King James Version.
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God Bless you Reverand. Thank you for this post and for the work that you do for our God. Love in Christ.

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