Candidate in training for the Ministry of the Word and Sacraments in the Presbyterian Church of Victoria.
I was born and raised in a devout Hindu-Jain family in Gujarat, India. Despite the best efforts from my parents in raising us (myself and three sisters) with good moral values, when I became a young man, I was exposed to the moral bankruptcy of my own heart. But it didn’t bother me at that time because my conviction was that I am a good person and I just need to do more good works to cover up my moral failures. Retrospectively, it was miserable and tiresome task to lift myself up by my moral bootstraps.
I came to Australia in Nov-2007 as an international student, and not long after that, I started to read the Bible for the very first time. I was absolutely gripped by Jesus Christ and his teaching. I had never read or heard about anyone who could understand and expose the human heart so profoundly. In 2011, Holy Spirit opened my eyes to see that I am dead in my sins and my only hope is to repent and by faith believe the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for the free gracious gift of Salvation. Then, I was baptised and became a member in Clayton Presbyterian church.
I am in my last year of training at the Canterbury Presbyterian church for becoming a Minister in Presbyterian Church of Victoria.
My deepest desire and prayer, is that God in his grace would bring the great awakening by his Spirit to convert many people in India that they would abandon their idols and worship the one true God through Jesus Christ.
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.The Holy Bible: English Standard Version, (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016).