Grace and love for God’s children in India …. Interview with Rev. Dr Yesu October 15, 2015
How many people live in India?
India has 1.2 billion people, which is the world’s 2nd largest population in one country, after China.
What is your goal for your ministry in India?
God has called me to children’s ministry. If you want to reach India, the only way is through children. Half of the population is children. I would like to see another 1,000 teachers trained to lead 1,000’s of children to know Jesus through Bible clubs for children. I hope to provide a way for 1 million children to know that Jesus loves them and that they can know Jesus as Savior and Lord.
How have you seen God bring life and hope to rural villages in India?
It can be as simple as having the money to buy a soccer ball to bring children together. Children and adults have nothing. No TV. A whole village will come to see the puppet shows and children’s skits as part of the gospel message. Sometimes as a result of sharing the truth of the gospel, churches are planted. For generations, untouchables, like me, were told you are unclean garbage. Now we have love and new life in Jesus so we can help others.
How did you come to know Jesus and the Bible?
I still remember when I was 8 years old, I went to church in a village, and heard the Bible story of Joseph. When Joseph’s brothers beat him and left him for dead, God brought good from that and saved many lives. Now I am still serving the Lord as He saves lives in India, at the age of 63.
What is the most important thing you do in India?
The children’s ministry is the most powerful and fruitful ministry.
The India Satellite of GSM is helping to change the lives of children in India, some who have been labeled “untouchable” by upper class residents. Unofficially, India has more than 160 million people who are born into an inherited caste system which deems them as “untouchable.” GSM in India is working hard to bring life and transformation to such children. Throughout India’s history, Untouchables or Dalits have been treated like garbage experiencing horrendous human rights abuses and living in constant fear of being publicly humiliated.
What difference does a dollar make?
One dollar given to the India Satellite provides the materials for one student who comes from a very poor family to attend a Bible Club. Learn more November 7, 2015 when you meet Rev. Dr. Yesu while he is visiting Oregon. God brought Yesu to Good Samaritan Ministries in 1994 through a Canadian connection. The essence of the name “Good Samaritan Ministries” is many ministries working together, partnerships in serving God and doing His work under the covering of the International Board of Directors. Over the years, in India, Yesu has expanded the ministry to widows and orphans¸ inspiring others to ask, “Is there more than I can do to help the poor and needy of this world?”
What can I do?
The India Satellite invites everyone to attend a special dinner benefit November 7 at 6 pm called India Night at the First United Methodist Church in Beaverton, at Fourth and Watson Streets. The ticket prices are $15 for adults, $7 for children (10 and under), and $45 maximum per family. Doors open at 5:15 pm. Contact Mike Wild, the India Satellite leader, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/d/or–beaverton/india-night/?view=list
Rev. Dr. Yesu lives and works in Kakinada, A.P., India, where he leads the GSM school.