Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
Born in Madras, India in 1946, he tried to
short-cut to high school graduation by attending a community college. Hidden inside were many
doubts, and he flirted with failure in many directions, cutting school and hiding within
himself. His father was a man who had reached great heights of power & success in India.
His father found out one day and gave Ravi an unforgettable "tongue lashing" and
He came forward at a Christian-event alter
call his sister had invited him to...the preacher was Sam Wolgemuth who had preached about
God's love from John chapter 3. But, Ravi continued in Hinduism. He stopped one day at a
cremation site and asked the Hindu priest where that cremated person was now; the priest
responded, "...and you will never find a certain answer." After some months, in despair, he
attempted suicide at age 17...but survived.
While in the hospital, someone brought a Bible to
him and read to him John chapter 14 about God's purpose...the words in that chapter having
been spoken to the apostle Thomas who came to India (a memorial to Thomas exists just a few
miles from where Ravi was born). I noted the words, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No man comes to the Father except through Me." But his attention was captured a few lines
later when Jesus said, "Because I live, you shall live also." But Ravi was not sure what this
all meant. He knew that it meant more than just biological "life". Piecing together God's
love in Christ, plus the way of life that was provided because of Christ, and the promise of
life through Him, "...on that hospital bed I made my commitment to give my life and my
pursuits into His hands."
He left that hospital as a new man. "I walked out
of that hospital room a new man. The Lord Christ had entered in. The transformation was as
dramatic as I could have ever imagined. There is no other way to describe it. From then on,
my longings, my hopes, my dreams, and my every effort has been to live for Him who rescued
me, to study for Him who gave me His mind, to serve Him who fashioned my will, and to speak
for Him who gave me a voice."
At age 20 (1966), his family moved to Canada. He
migrated in 1966 to Canada, worked in hotel management, and settled into a Christian and
Missionary Alliance (CMA) church. 'My first Sunday there, a missions conference began,' he
recalls. 'A Canadian missionary who had gone to India was speaking. For the first time, I
heard myself described to others as a mission field.' Not long afterward, sensing a call to
ministry, Ravi began training for his new vocation. He graduated from Ontario Bible College
in 1972, and before starting graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, married
fellow youth group member Margaret Reynolds. He was also commissioned by the CMA as an
international evangelist, and from 1981 to 1984 held the Chair of Evangelism and Contemporary
Thought at the denomination's Alliance Seminary at Nyack, New York. He lives in
I'd heard his name a number of times between
1993-2004 when I bought and read half of his book, Jesus Among Other Gods. In July 2005, my
son passed on to me a CD with a lecture by him. I listened to most of it on the way back from family
vacation at the beach outside of Charleston, SC. The lecture was exciting, and I thought to
myself, "This man is brilliant and has sought and yearned for the Truth much more so than I but as I
have yearned for it." I then read his book again. His defense of The Truth of Jesus the
Christ is extremely compelling, and I recommend his book and arguments to any who have doubts
but are willing to believe. His website [here]. His explanations to "Western"-thinking people of many things coming out
of an "Eastern" way of thinking are highly valuable. Wikipedia, HERE.
***give me your comments about this
(posted 2 August 2005)
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now