One of the coolest things about my job is reading the biographies of our pastors. So many of their stories include some sort of miraculous encounter with God, and there’s never a sense of sensationalism around what transpired. Not an ounce of hype. All of it gets told in such a matter of fact way.
I guess miracles are God’s way of reminding us that we’re not stuck in a world that’s had the supernatural sucked out of it. Anything’s possible. And it’s that hope — grounded in the reality of a God who sees and knows and hears and has the ability to transform our circumstances — that has sustained Christians for centuries. And from what I can tell, it’s what sustains our pastors as well.
This morning, while reading Pastor Yesu Rao’s (pictured above) bio, I was pulled back into the landscape of grace — that place where nothing’s impossible with God, where Jesus is still at work in much the same way that he was in first century Palestine.
When Yesu Rao’s brother became deathly ill in 1994, a pastor from a nearby village came and prayed for him to be healed. He spent many days at his bedside, praying earnestly for him. Finally, Jesus healed Yesu Rao’s brother, an intervention so extraordinary — so miraculous — that Yesu Rao and his entire family came to faith.
Not long after his conversion, Yesu Rao had a dream that changed the course of his life. In it he saw and heard someone teaching Scripture. Challenged and inspired by the life-giving words of this teacher, Yesu Rao awoke from his dream and committed his life to proclaiming the good news of Jesus.
Nearly two decades after his brother’s healing, his family’s conversion, and his own call to ministry, Yesu Rao pastors two churches in Khammam district. He has such a love for his wife and two children, both of whom are college-age. He’s asked us to pray that God would provide a house for his family, as well as a new church building for the congregation he pastors in Kotha Karaigudem.
Reading a story like Yesu Rao’s, I’m reminded that our problems don’t define us; God defines us. Our problems are neither the first nor the last word of who we are — God is. And it’s that truth — writ large in the lives of our pastors — that captivates me every time I hear or read about what Jesus is doing in India.
Since 1992, Vision Nationals has been planting churches, training nationals, and caring for orphans and widows in India. Through your prayers and financial gifts God has graciously sustained our work.
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