I was born in missionary family. My father was a missionary who dedicated his life to encourage the servants of the Lord’s House. Since my childhood I very much admired this mission. My father trained me to support the poor preachers and evangelists hence serving the servants of God has became my lifestyle.
In 1976, I fell in love with Solmon S.D, who is an atheist. On 8th October 1983 our marriage was consummated. My husband was a social reformatory. He always believed that service humanity is service to almighty. He had a great hatred on the truth less Church and the priest craft. He served as mayor (President) of our village. Since the date of my marriage till Jan 1993 he never allowed me or our children to attend the church. He is a prominent solicitor and a very good businessman and he liked to spend all his hard earnings for the welfare of the poor. Helping the poor became a tradition of our family. During 83-93 for ten years, my husband didn’t allowed me to go to Church Fellowship but he didn’t objected my prayers or Bible reading at home, it made me a woman of prayer and devotee of Bible and compassion became my passion.
We have never spent our money on our children education all my children were home schooled. Instead of providing good education to our children in corporate schools we provided good education to many poor children by saving that amount. Since 1976 to 1995 for 20 years I continually prayed God for the salvation of my husband. God saved him miraculously. For three years from 1992-1995, I and my husband both learnt the Word of God at His feet and on 10th May 1996 got baptized in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We oppose denominationalism and trust that Christ is the head of the Church. Now my husband is a committed and a multitalented missionary. He committed his life to Evangelize India working in different spears. After we accepted Christ, we lost all our worldly glory. My husband lost his mayor post; he lost his solicitor profession and business and became bankrupt. We remained helpless .In such conditions God made me a SHUNAMMITE Woman.
In our missionary journey we found that every rural church preacher is getting only 15 to 30 dollars per month and leading a menial life. They have no proper accommodation, no proper food, no proper schooling for their children ,some of their wives are working as agriculture labourers and they are the living examples of the starvation. Their churches also still remained worse than their preacher. I spent many years to encourage them in word of God but no change was taken place. I convinced my husband to serve the poor preachers of our area I and my family adopted 12 churches. First we started support to the preachers both in spirit and secular needs. Then we encouraged building their churches and finally we helped them to build their church building and parsonages. Now those churches become self-sustained and those preachers are carrying glorious gospel work. Hope they will become self-sufficient within short time and those churches are continually praying our family and for the work we are committed for resulting we receiving His abundant blessings.
God blessed our children with best education. Our daughter is a Psychologist and Psychotherapist MSc (Psy), M.S (Psy Theo), ADR (NALSAR), B.L (AU), AGDBS (UK). Our Elder son is a Mechanical Engineer and solicitor. Younger son did PhD in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi and working as a research fellow in University of Queenland Australia. All my children are Christians, married and blessed with children and peacemakers. Our family is a family of peace. For a little encouragement towards lord’s work, Lord rewarded me with His abundant blessings. I want every Christian woman shall receive all the blessings of the earth and heaven with her small commitment towards the Church growth in India.
I trust that the secret of the success of SHUNAMMITE woman is her desire to serve the servants of God: thus our family committed to serve the servants of God. We extended our services to nearly 100 preachers with only our family funds. We never looked at any missions or missionary for financial assistance for God gave me a living testimony as a SHUNAMMITE Woman. But still I saw there is lot of need
Let me introduce myself to you so that you can understand my heart's burning desire and my hunger and thirst for these women. My father Sudhakar was born in a very poor dalit family with 12 children and he is the last among them , in an untouchable family and been oppressed and persecuted just because he is a Dalit (lowest section of the society) but he done graduation in Law and also post-graduation and he fought for the lower caste people’s rights and helped many by being a person who can guide the illiterates and socially backward. I am with him in all the movements he done from the age of 7 against these Hindu extremists and the rich who are oppressing the poor.Empowereing women is my vision.
This had a lot of strong impact on me since my childhood. And I am interested to help the poor and wanted to uplift them. I wanted to study medicine so that I can help the poor and needy with free of cost. I am home schooled child .We helped to pay school fees for the poor kids and my dad used to buy text books for them and my brothers and myself used to ask their books and in the night times we copied the lessons and we gave them back in the mornings. In fact all 3 of us are home schooled by my dad. Even though we had a good financial status he made us live meek and thought us to sacrifice for poor.This had a lot of strong impact on me since my childhood. And I am interested to help the poor and wanted to uplift them. I wanted to study medicine so that I can help the poor and needy with free of cost. I am home schooled child .We helped to pay school fees for the poor kids and my dad used to buy text books for them and my brothers and myself used to ask their books and in the night times we copied the lessons and we gave them back in the mornings. In fact all 3 of us are home schooled by my dad. Even though we had a good financial status he made us live meek and thought us to sacrifice for poor. I accepted Christ at the age of 12 and been baptised in the year 1994 November. By that time my dad is an atheist and a social reformer and mom Ani was from a Christian family. I went secretly to get baptised when my dad opposed my decision because of a fear that I will not be able to get a medical seat and also I will lose all my reservations. But I choose God and only God and willing to lose my beloved family which is everything for me at that age. Later out of love towards me my father started to find out what is there in the BIBLE and after 2 years he accepted Christ and both my mom and dad got baptised and our family started suffering for Christ .My dad lost his business and we had a sudden downfall because He changed His mind of earning illegally to help the poor. We only had God and even suffered for food also. God is now using both of them in many villages to spread the Gospel and God is using them wonderfully in the expansion of HIS kingdom. By that time I wanted to study medicine so that I studied day and night for 3 years to clear the medical entrance exam. Annually 100,000 students write this exam in our state but there are only 1000 free seats in the medical colleges. It’s the toughest exam and by the Grace of God I cleared the exam and got a free medical seat to study MBBS.
At that time in 2002 Vijay my husband was studying in the British Bible School, Corby, England. He came for the year break and he wanted to get married and he wanted his wife to be in Lord's work along with him so he asked my mom and dad for me. And I decided to study Bible along with him and I felt that it is more precious and a God given opportunity for me and left my medicine seat for which myself and my entire family strived to get all these years and went to Bible school. I felt that healing a soul and leading it to eternal life is far better and is God's will for me than to heal the bodies .But God never forsaken us. We are blessed many more times than what we sacrificed for HIM. My elder brother is now a mechanical engineer and the younger one is finished his PhD and working in australia. They help us in the good work we are doing now.
It was a great blessing for Vijay and myself to fully dedicated to the Biblical studies and to grow more towards Christ. It is a great experience to listening to many saints of God. Wonderful teachings from the British Bible School. It is a life changing experience. We really wanted to share the Truth to our own people in our language and wanted to train many more for Christ.
After coming back from the Bible school in the year 2004 Vijay and myself both decided to live in a village among the poor and needy to be in touch with them and help them with what God has given us and are in the Lord's work for the past 12 years. We are blessed with two gifts of God Samuel and Paul. Along with this I continued my studies and now I had two post graduations in psychology and psychotherapy and a graduation in law and a diploma in ADR from the prestigious law university with a gold medal. God blessed me with the highest qualifications. And I praise God for that and ever thankful for my husband Vijay who encouraged me all these times.
I feel something lacking in my life. I am not a women after money ,if that’s the case I can do a job and earn for myself God gave me all I need in fact I feel I had more than those needy and oppressed. I praise God for that but I am unable to close my eyes to the needy. I have been praying what God is expecting from me. I had a burden to earn souls for Christ and to make them Disciples of Christ and also heavy burdened to lift their lives out of the vicious poverty circle.
We are working with many rural congregations and I get to hear lot of struggles from the women sometimes starving conditions for 2 or 3 days because the Hindu women are not allowed to go out for work. It’s a kind of Muslim women who are not allowed. Lot of divorce cases and murder attempts etc we can see these situations in the rural parts of India. The only bread winner is the male member most of these men were alcohol addicts and spend their earnings at the wine shops. As a psychologist I deal with most of these families and trying to bring change in them.
And we are praying for them since many years and helping 1 or 2 here and there with their children education or providing them with the small financial help .But I am not satisfied with what we are doing. We felt that this is not the solution for the problem. So I decided to help them to help themselves.
So I started to conducted many awareness camps and succeeded in bringing the change in their husbands mentality. It is the toughest job I had ever done. You know it is India and the male dominated society. Finally we successfully achieved our initial goal and these are the women who are freed from their cultural bondages and really wanted to work for themselves and their families. As a Child of God my special interest in doing all this is to bring them to Christ during this process I prayed and led many Hindu women to God. All glory goes to GOD.