A Dalit student takes part in a GFA Bible college discussion.
A young Dalit man from a North Indian state has decided to prepare for full-time Christian service at a Gospel for Asia Bible college, reports a GFA field correspondent.
Like nearly 300 million Dalits in India alone, Dinesh's life was one of prejudice and oppression. Considered to be the lowest of the low and "untouchable" in a Hindu-based social structure, his future held little hope, if any. Then he heard about Jesus Christ.
Dinesh's spiritual journey began when he attended a Christian youth camp held at a local church pastored by Suresh Murmu, a GFA native missionary.
"During the four-day program," the correspondent reports, "Dinesh was challenged by the stories from the Bible and by the living testimonies of his teachers.
"As a result, he gave his life to Jesus."
Dinesh began regularly attending Pastor Suresh's church, learning from the Scriptures and growing spiritually. As he spent time with his new family in Christ, their lives showed him what true Christianity was all about—and a vision began to grow in his heart.
"The challenging testimonies of the pastor and the believers instilled in him a desire to know the Lord more and to serve Him," says our correspondent.
Dinesh, currently completing his final year in high school, has decided to attend a GFA Bible college near his home town, but he is already facing staunch resistance from family members.
"When he shared about his new faith and his decision to study in Bible college," our correspondent reports, "his parents and relatives severely opposed him."
"Please pray for Dinesh to remain firm in his newfound faith. In spite of the opposition, he is regularly attending church, choosing to stand for the Lord. Pray also for his family members to come to the Lord."