Gospel for Asia-supported pastor Nateshwar knew what it meant to endure opposition for the sake of Christ. He remembered the hostility he faced when he first told his parents he wanted to be a Christian. He knew how his people despised those who “forsook their ancestral gods” to worship what they considered “the God of the lower class.” He had faced that hatred before, time and time again; it was years of slander, rejection and abuse from his people.
Nateshwar, GFA World-supported pastor, has ministered to those around him for more than 15 years. The people in his immediate community know him as a man who is humble and loving.
There are others who don’t understand why he loves Jesus, but Nateshwar and his wife count it as a privilege to suffer for Jesus.
“I have opposition, which is true,” he says. “But even then, for the glory of God, even if we have to face problems—including my family—we are not bothered. We will face the problems, and we will face them for the glory of God.”
Through Nateshwar’s display of God’s love, dozens of people have come to understand Christ’s grace. Like Pastor Nateshwar, they have seen how the honour of Christ far surpasses any shame they may experience in this life.
An Eternal Perspective
The beating Pastor Nateshwar faced at the hands of the drunken men in a neighbouring village left him bedridden for a week, but it did not dampen his spirit. If anything, Pastor Nateshwar has a greater desire to see these men understand the King’s love that can withstand all the hate the world can throw at it.
“I know Jesus loves them, so I love them,” Pastor Nateshwar says.
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