My Personal Life Story
My name is Annamalai Gunasekaran born in a Hindu poor family in a village named R.C. Chettipatti, Salem District, Tamil Nadu, South India. Basically, my father and grandfather were strong religious people and took pilgrimage to a Hindu Temple every year to obtain favor from God. My grandfather Kolandai has built a Hindu Temple in my village and my father was the custodian of the Temple for several years. Both of them did much good works and served to the Community by liaison with local government.
In the year 1959, God saved one of my brothers named Joseph. In the later years, God used him as instrumental to save everyone in my family except myself. Those days in 1970’s there was a famine prevalent in the country and lots of people were stricken with terrible poverty. Due to such poverty, I had a question on the existence of God. In 1975, I had gone to an extent of committing suicide. While attempting suicide, our merciful Father intervened and stopped that attempt and drawn me closer to Him.
In 1979, I got married with Mary Selvi and the Lord blessed us with two children a daughter and son. Now both of them are married. As a family we served as Warden in an Orphanage for little wages and faithfully looked after the orphans and others destitute. In a due course of time as I had a desire to become a Minister of God, we joined in reputed Seminary in Soth India with the intention to become an Anglican Priest. After having secured the B.Th. and M.Div. degrees, the Lord sent us to serve among the poor community in contrary to my desire. Later we confirmed that it was the will of God concerning us to work as an Administrator with a Christian Organization.
By the providence of God through a friend of mine named John Mark Decker, in 1998 I came to USA and stayed three months with Shady Grove Baptist Church, Ripley, MS. There the Lord guided me to join with Primitive Baptist Church through Sister Lea Bennett and in 2000 I became a Primitive Baptist. So far, God has enabled us to plant 20 churches in the States of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh with over 1200 members. The Lord blessed us to run two Orphanages, two Community Development Programs, and ten Tutorial Centers, a Community Health Care Program, a Dental Care Program, and other Self Help Projects etc. Glory to God!
I would appreciate your prayers for us and the ministry in India.
Elder A. Gunasekaran.