Each National Evangelist conducts weekly three-day festivals throughout India's most unreached villages to share the Gospel to people who have not heard. Evangelists introduce 5,000-10,000 people to Jesus as Savior each year.
In 1979, at the age of 23, Shanti was newly married and could not find a job. In a drunken state he laid on the railroad track hoping to end his life, when a mighty hand push him off the track just before the train rolled by.
Again he thought about committing suicide. Then he saw a shiny hand appear, reflecting in his eye, so he could not proceed. He shouted, "Who did that"? A voice responded, "This is Jesus. Do not be afraid."
When Shanti heard the voice, he said, "I can't believe it unless I see you." Then a vision of Jesus appeared before him, and that was the day this Hindu man decided to follow Jesus. Soon after, his Hindu wife Vijaya made Jesus her Lord and Savior as well.
In 1986, Rev. G. Peter encouraged Shanti to attend Bible College. Both Shanti and Vijaya decided to enroll and begin a life of ministry.
In 1988 Shanti and his family started a ministry in Myapur near the Bible College. He pioneered five churches over eleven years.
Shanti said, "I wanted to help reach the Telengana area of Andhra Pradesh for Christ. God answered my prayer in becoming an Oasis evangelist."
Since April 2008, Shanti has been consistently traveling to remote villages, conducting three-day mini-festivals, and sharing about a loving God named Jesus.
Shanti is very content and happy reaching unreached areas. Pastors tell him, "This is the first time anyone has come to these remote areas to help us. Please come again." Villagers tell him that this had been the first time that they had ever heard about a loving God. Normally people just talk about religious tradition.
Every festival is unique. Some crowds are small and some are very big. The CSI and Methodist's had not allowed Shanti to conduct festivals at first, because they are afraid their people will follow him, but after hearing his message, they are happy and welcome him.
One village invited him to pray for the land since there had been a drought. The stunted cotton plants were very much in need of rain. Soon after he had conducted a three-day mini-festival there, the rains came down.
Some couples did not have children. One husband was trying to marry another woman so he could have children. The couples attended the festival and heard that God can do anything. They started regularly attending church and came for prayer and are waiting for God's answer. He has also prayed for couples who are expecting a child. Other people have received prayer and have been healed of joint pain, typhoid fever, and stomach ailments during these festivals.
Shanti plans four mini-festivals each month and involves the local pastors and church people to follow up with those who have made decisions for Christ. He enjoys sharing his faith everyday, with strangers and with relatives.
When asked how can more people be won to Christ? His answer is prayer and financial support. Every dollar counts towards saving souls and populating heaven.
Prayer requests: Pray for his family, his ministry and 2 children and their ministry, and youngest son wants to do post-graduate work (M Div for ministry)
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National Evangelist: $7,500
Each national evangelist conducts weekly three-day festivals and shares the Gospel with people who live throughout India's most unreached villages. Sponsorship covers a pastor's full-time salary, transportation and festival expenses.