SURENDER GNANAOLIVU V S Nair, a former RSS activist, is a Bible teacher and preacher today. He is passionate about training Christian leaders on how to face ministry challenges in hostile situations and developing new strategies for evangelism and mission through research in the context of persecution. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Indian Missiologists (FOIM). Specialized in Hindutva ideology and practices, he is widely used by Catholics and Protestants alike. He has a M.Th. from SAIACS Bangalore. He lives in Bangalore with his wife, Lakshmi, a graduate from UBS, Pune who served with the UESI Karnataka for seven years. They have two daughters, Archana (14) and Athulya (12). Can you share with us your experience of encountering Jesus? It was in 1992, while I was working in Gurgoan as a site in-charge of civil construction, I accepted the Lord Jesus as my personal Saviour. With my father’s unexpected demise (he was my visible god), I lost interest in life. I was completely depressed and wanted to end my life. At that time I seriously started to search for a divine power that could console and comfort me. When all other hopes were lost, I turned to a Bible that was gifted to me by somebody, and my eyes fell on Is.43:5 ‘’fear not: for I am with you.” This led me to Christ.
How did your family and friends respond to your conversion? My family members could not accept this change in me due to two reasons. Firstly, most of themwere highly religious. Some were very active RSS personnel. Secondly, they felt that it affected the social status of the family. Since my father was a state executive member of Nair Service Society (NSS), the change in my religious perspective had a negative impact on them. Most of them stopped having any contact with me and even today avoid me from important family functions. But I always approached them with Christ’s attitude, never gave them the idea that accepting Jesus would separate me from my family. Tell us about your ministry experiences. Four months after my encounter with Jesus, while I was doing my personal meditation on Isaiah 6, God convinced me for full time ministry (v.8) “Whom shall I send ,and who will go for us.” So I committed my life to serve Him and resigned my job in April 1992. After my Theological studies from UBS, Pune in 1999, I went to Mussorie in Uttarakand. I took charge as the Vice-Principal of Leadership Instruction and Training (LIT) and as the Associate Pastor of Happy Valley Fellowship. In 2001, we moved to Delhi-Haryana border as church planting pioneers among the Jat community. My wife, Lakshmi has been a great support in my ministry. What is your current passion in ministry? We conduct seminars on “facing ministry challenges” and modern Hinduism, training program for persecuted pastors, workshops to challenge Christian leaders to evaluate contemporary methods of evangelism and mission, and also pulpit ministry under ‘HIGH TOUCH.’ It is my vision to establish a centre exclusively for training the persecuted Christians and for research in order to develop contextually appropriate strategies to reach out to the people of other faith. Inhightouch@gmail.com
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