CEIFA is partnering with frontliners Veer and Nitu who are proclaiming the Gospel in both word and deed in India. Read their personal testimony below.
“Hi, my name is Veer and my wife’s name is Nitu. We have 2 boys, Ray and Bey. I am originally from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India but grew up in Punjab. I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
I came from a family with a strong Hindu background. At a young age, I joined the RSS (the religious fanatical wing of the Hindu BJP political party) and became a very active member. I was indoctrinated about Hindu supremacy and brainwashed to hate other religions, especially Christians.
Before I knew Jesus, I had lots of problems and lived a very sinful life. I used to worship idols and there was no peace in my life. I was longing and looking for God’s love from different people but could not find the love that I was looking for. When I was 15 years old, I left school and started working very hard to provide for my family because my father did not take care of our family. Whatever money he would earn he ended up squandering away by gambling and drinking. We also went into debt because our family had to pay the dowry for my sister’s marriage at the age of 15. Our family was in a grave financial situation and the future was uncertain. I had lots of pressure to provide for the family being the eldest son in the family. I did not know what to do. In desperation, our whole family even contemplated suicide as we had no hope or future.
During that time, my cousin, who was a believer, told me about Jesus and the Good News. When I heard it for the first time I was filled with peace in my heart. My cousin’s family even helped us pay off our debt. After some time, I started going to church but my life was the same as before. I still had lots of anger and resentment in my heart against my father for failing us.
My younger sister was the first in my family to believe in Jesus at the age of 16. In 2011, when I went to drop my sister off at a YWAM base, I met the base leader for a brief moment. I only had 15 minutes before my train was about to leave and the leader told me about a discipleship training school. The school was starting the next day and at that moment I decided to stay back and join the discipleship training school. During the DTS, I learned a lot about God but never got to experience Him personally. After the school, I went back home to my own past life and into all the worldly things again. At that time, I was possessed by an evil spirit and was tormented for many years. In 2013, I got another chance to do a secondary school with YWAM called the school of frontier mission (SOFM) which was in my hometown of Varanasi. During the school one speaker came to teach and as he prayed for me, I was delivered from the evil spirit and my life completely changed. I experienced God in a special way like never before. I got married to Nitu in 2015, whom I met during my DTS. Currently we both are working full time with YWAM Siliguri, West Bengal, India. God has given us a vision to do Church planting among the unreached people groups here in our city and to train and disciple many young people.
We have already started five house fellowships and every week we partner with a medical team in conducting medical clinics in different unreached areas in our city.”