"And You Were Dead in the Trespasses and Sins"
Friendship Ministries in Bangladesh was founded by a faithful man named Pastor Salim. And he still plays an integral role in the ministry today. But as Pastor Salim is getting older, he has transferred leadership to Pastor Ajit, another faithful man from Bangladesh.
We asked Pastor Ajit to share how the Lord saved him from his trespasses and sins many years ago. We hope it's encouraging to you too.
Dead in the Trespasses and Sins
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my Lord because he has given me the opportunity to share my personal testimony. I am Pastor Ajit.
I was born into a Christian family, but in our village, there were no suitable schools for my studies. So I went to a nearby village where my aunt lived. While I lived with her, I was very naughty. I never wanted to go to Sunday school. During the church services and Sunday school, I secretly went other places. When Sunday school and church were finished, I went back home and told lies to my aunt.
"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience" (Ephesians 2:1–2).
AWANA Comes to Town
When I was 16, a children's program called AWANA began in a church nearby. I got involved, which meant I was forced to go to church. I didn't understand most of what I heard, but I believed there was a call from God to me.
When I went home to my own house with my parents, my father taught me about baptism. But I didn't understand the purpose of it yet.
Only God Can Heal
A few years later my aunt fell down and hurt her backbone. I took her to get treatment and when I got there, the doctors asked me to do medical testing as well. I looked very weak. My blood test said I had insufficient blood in my body. But there was no reason for it.
I began receiving blood transfusions at that time. I told an AWANA leader about my condition and she took my reports and consulted with the doctors at the hospital. Again, they gave no reason for my sickness. They said the insufficiency could happen again.
That's when my AWANA leader told me only God can heal me. She told me many examples of God's work as they're recorded in Scripture and encouraged me to live for the Lord.
"Where Would I Spend Eternity?"
Her words to me made me consider, "If I dided this moment, where would I spend eternity?" I talked to my pastor and he taught me about being born again and saved from my trespasses and sins. He read the Bible and prayed with me for a long time. Because of the Lord's work through his prayer, my heart changed and I at last had peace.
That is the time I received Jesus Christ as my savior. May God's grace be in my life forever. Amen.