A few years ago we had a student named Saket. Saket was from India, a hindu, but because of the friendship he had experienced from Christians he was loosely involved in FOCUS, coming to Thursday Night Fellowship every once and a while and sometimes attending core. A few years later, after Saket has graduated, his brother Ram comes to visit him from India. But Saket has to work and Ram has nothing to do so Saket encourages Ram to go check out FOCUS because there would be nice people there. When Ram comes he is greeted warmly just as Saket said he would be, but then something amazing happens. Ram says, during worship, he felt God hug him. And from that night on, he began to have dreams of Jesus.
This picture is perhaps too wide to see him clearly but that's Ram right there in the middle spending time with some of our students.
In Ram's dreams, Jesus would appear to him and tell him that Ram was his, and that this is the place that he has him, and that this would be the place where God would use him for his glory.
Ram started spending all his time learning about Jesus and spending time around Christians. He was given his own bible and began reading it fiercely. But unforutnately Ram's family did not respond positively to his newfound interest in Jesus and they told him to renounce Jesus, and stop spending time around Christians or that he would not be allowed to return home with them. Ram was unwilling to oblige and so his family gave him all of his visa information and other important documents and told him not to come home. A few days later Ram was living with a family from our church and was ready to be baptized to profess Jesus as Lord of his life.
Ram now has read most of the bible and wants to be a missionary for Jesus. Unfortunately his Visa only allows him to stay in the US until early may. But we are praying for God's wisdom and guidance to help him make the best decision about how to either pursue citizenship in the US through work or school, or, how to return to India and live his life as a faithful Christian in that context. Until then he is being cared for by our church and one of the church leaders there is discipling him in a one on one bible study. We know that God has brought him this far and will never stop being faithful. Would you please pray for my new brother, Ram?
Pray that God would give him clarity as to what decisions to make concerning immigration or returning home?
And thank you providing a place for someone from across the world to come to know Jesus in such a powerful way.
Don't forget the student testimony below! And also please be informed that you are invited to our upcoming Open House, Saturday, February 25th from 4:00 to 6:00, in the downstairs of the SEIR building at UT Arlington. Ram will be there, along with many students who God is working in and through during their time in college. Open House is a time for anyone who wants to meet the students and hear more about the ministry God has given us to do at UTA.
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