For the past year and a half Paulraj Masillamony, a Global Mission pioneer, has been working among the thousands of migrant workers in Singapore. Most of them have left their homes in India to earn money to support their families. Living in dormitories, they’re often lonely. Paulraj befriends these men and offers them English and computer classes, health services, and family counseling.
“Why do you do this?” some workers ask.
“Because God loves you and so do I,” Paulraj answers simply.
One evening Paulraj noticed a worker named Martin reading a Bible. “May I share a verse with you?” Paulraj asked. He turned to Isaiah 48:17 and 18 and read, “This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea’” (NIV).
“I’ve never heard of God’s commands,” Martin said. The two men talked briefly about God’s commandments, then Paulraj started for home.
Turn around, a voice said. Ask the man to pray with you. Paulraj recognized God’s voice. Martin accepted his invitation and before the night was over the men had prayed together.
Paulraj visited Martin often after that, and eventually Martin asked to be baptized. He became Paulraj’s first convert.
Paulraj holds programs on Saturday nights outside the large dormitories.
When a man named Sankar noticed the group praying, Paulraj invited him to join them. Sankar continued attending the meetings and gave his life to Jesus.
Then Sankar was seriously injured. When Paulraj visited him in the hospital, Sankar told him, “I must go back to India and share what I’ve learned about God’s love with my people.”
“There are migrant workers here from almost every city and town in India,” Paulraj says. “If we can lead them to Christ, imagine what they will do when they return to their homeland!”
Paulraj praises God that more than 70 migrant workers have given their lives to Christ through his ministry.
Your support of Global Mission helps establish new groups of believers around the world through the work of pioneers such as Paulraj. Thank you!
Global Mission pioneers are local people who dedicate at least one year to starting new churches in areas or among people groups where there is little or no Adventist presence.
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