Sikh Priest Serve As Saint And Soldier For Jesus Christ.
South Asian International Fellowship also has a SAIF-Telugu and SAIF Tamil congregation - a focused targeted weekly evangelistic ministry to the migrant workers of Telugu and Tamil origin in Singapore mainly of blue collar shipyard and construction workers and some mission focussed Indian Singaporean PR families.
SOUTH ASIAN INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP
SAIF English Service 5.00 – 6.30pm
SAIF Telugu Service 8.00 – 9.00pm
SAIF Tamil Service 8.00 – 9.00pm
Location - COVENANT HOUSE 110, Race Course Road, Singapore (218578) - 5 Minutes Walk from Little India MRT Station EXIT E
The Vision Of South Asian International Fellowship Is To Establish An International New Testament Type Ministry Through Which South Asians Will Be Empowered To Reach And Disciple The Nations For Christ.
Pastor Pritam Singh Sandhu is also the International Coordinator for the South Asian Global Convention http://www.SAGC2009.com - an International Gathering for South Asian Christian Youth and Young Adults for Mission Mobilization. He has served as the Youth Pastor/ Leader of Khush Khabri Fellowship in Singapore [1996-2000, 2005-2007] and Youth Pastor at the International Punjabi Masihi Church in Vancouver, Canada [2000-2005].
He was a former Sikh-Christian now, a dreamer, a visionary leader and a risk-taker in God's Kingdom. He is passionate about young people and mentoring the Next Generation of South Asian leaders. He is also interested in networking among churches and engaging the cultures.
Pastor Pritam Singh Sandhu was a Biology and Chemistry teacher at Bukit View Secondary School and Vice-Principal at BMC Training Institute, a private education school in Singapore. He holds a Bachelor of Science [Biology] degree from the National University of Singapore, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education [Distinctions] from Nanyang Technological University, a Certificate in Christian Ministry from the Asian Christian Training School in Malaysia and a Masters of Christian Studies in Applied Theology from Regent College in Vancouver, Canada.
Pastor Pritam Singh Sandhu is also a Singapore registered licensed marriage solemnizer and conducts both civil and ceremonial marriages.
Pastor Pritam Singh Sandhu has two children - Sujaan Kaur Sandhu [born 21/06/04] and Saajan Singh Sandhu [born 04/01/09], and is married to Dr. Balbir Kaur Chaal, a UK-born Punjabi Christian and Cambridge University educated molecular biologist.
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This account of a "Sikh Priest Saved To Serve As Saint And Soldier For Jesus Christ" is 100% true.
I, [Pastor Pritam Singh Sandhu], have met this Sikh priest from Amritsar Golden Temple who has become a follower of Jesus Christ. I met him with a few other witnesses and we have details and records of our time spent with him. This Sikh priest or granthi wishes to remain anonymous for obvious safety and security reasons.
Let us pray for him continually that the will of God will prosper in his life.
Latest updated news August 2008 - another Sikh priest in country M and country C has also called Jesus as Master, Lord and Savior.
The Bible in Acts 5:29 - Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men!
30The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. 32We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."
33When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.
34But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while.
35Then he addressed them: "Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered.
38Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God."
This is the personal true story of the Sikh priest or granthi who became a Christian.
I was born into an orthodox Sikh Jat priest family. Because of our religious orthodox background, I was educated in a Sikh mission school. My family members decided that I should become a Sikh priest. Therefore, I had to study the holy book of "Shri Guru Granth Sahib" along with my secular studies.
As I studied the holy book of my religion, the passion for God began to increase within me. I wanted to find God very eagerly. As I read the holy book of the Sikhs, I felt that I was about to reach God but my efforts proved to be of no use. My passion was continually increasing. I started searching for God in other sources. I was afraid and frustrated. Because of this frustration, I started stealing money and taking drugs. The more I wanted to save myself the more I began to get involved in an immoral life. All the efforts to find God became useless.
Because I failed to find God, my frustration was so great that I felt my future was completely heading to doom. I said, "there is no God." I became an atheist but it didn’t give me peace of mind. Two times I attempted to commit suicide. Now I had no meaning or purpose in life. I had nothing to do with God. I was taking more drugs and I wanted to die.
One night I was preparing to go to see a pornographic film. The film was to start at midnight. I was looking for some book to pass my time. Suddenly I saw a book called "Prem Ka Sandesh" (The Message of Love) lying on the windowsill. I thought it might be some porno book and wondered how it came there. I was exited and thought, "Oh! It’s wonderful, great fun for me". Then I opened the book. It read, "For God so loved the world…." I just read four words and cried out, "it’s nonsense." "There is no God". I threw the book. I thought, "may be my sister might have brought it…"(she was a teacher in a Christian school). I rebuked my sister. "I have no concern for God. Take it away".
As usual, the next day I was prepared to watch a porno film again. I picked up a news paper-covered book. It read, "I want to give you eternal life." I heard a silent voice within me saying, "I want to give you eternal life.’’ I placed the book back and started to think about the voice. I could not watch the movie. The same voice was echoing in my mind. Next day I returned from college early and searched for the same book and started reading it.
I went to a Christian priest and said, "I want to meet with God, can you help because I have already failed." The priest replied saying, "come to the Sunday worship and surely you will find God." I attended the church regularly for one year but to my surprise nothing happened. I went to him again and threatened him with my knife for not helping me to find God. He gave me a prayer script and told me to kneel down and pray before going to sleep.
I read the prayer twice but nothing happened as I had expected. I was angry but decided to read it from the bottom of my heart. Suddenly I found myself weeping and tears were rolling down my cheeks. I began to remember every scene of my life. All the sins that I had committed in my past life came before me one by one. I almost became senseless on my knees. That night I felt the presence of some super natural being.
Early in the morning my younger brother knocked on my door again and again. After a long time I suddenly came to my senses, I got up and heard somebody calling me from outside. I felt a strange experience within me. Everything seemed to be new. All my burdens had rolled away. Now I had a will to live. My heart was filled with unspeakable joy. It was an absolutely mystical experience; an inexplicable incident. As soon as I opened the door my younger brother cried, "Oh, your face is shining like the sun, I am unable to see you." I went to look at my face in the mirror but there was nothing as such. I was frightened.
I went to the Christian Priest and asked about the strange thing that had happened to me. The Priest replied, "You have received God. Jesus Christ has come into your life." After a few months I took water baptism. My family members started torturing me. Many times they tried to attack me and kill me. Even the Priest was tortured and a case was filed against him. My family members hated other Christians and tortured them too. But as I looked upon the cross this suffering seemed insignificant. There are many such incidents of torture which have taken place in my life. I would like to mention one such incident below.
Once my uncle took out a gun and told me to write my identity as a Sikh but I wrote my testimony of a changed life and gave it to him. He gave me a few seconds to denounce my faith and started counting. I told him, "If you want you can kill me." If I will die right now I will be with Christ or if I am alive Christ is with me, there is no difference." He pressed the trigger but I was saved because at that moment his son lifted the gun and he missed the target. He took out his pistol and wanted to kill me but his son interfered again and I was saved. I could not get up from my bed for three days. Meanwhile, my Pastor and other believers came to know that I was shot down, and everybody thought that I was dead. So, they gathered together and conducted my funeral service, which I came to know later.
In those days militancy was at its climax. Many times during the cold season, I was kept out of the house for the whole night without proper clothes. In August 1996, it was the fifth attempt by my family members to kill me. Thank God that my mother helped me to get away from the house. I was residing in my friend’s place where my body was totally bruised.
As days passed by I started ministering the Lord in the neighboring cities. I adopted the lifestyle of a wondering monk, wearing saffron robe for years until I went to Southern Asia Bible College, Bangalore, for my theological degree. Moreover, my wondering life gave me opportunities to move from one city to another with total dependence on the Lord for my daily needs. Nevertheless, it is here, I realized that God has called me to be an itinerant Evangelist and has given me the burden to strengthen the persecuted Saints of the North Indian Churches.
However, just before my marriage i.e. in December 2002, I left the life of a wondering monk and got married with a girl (Shaheen) who comes from a Muslim background. Even though she is not the first generation convert she personally met with Christ, when Christ appeared to her in an operation theater where she was admitted for a surgery. As years went by God blessed us with a son who is five years old now (Shatiel Sunder Jeet Singh).
Presently, I serve the Lord as an itinerant Evangelist and Shaheen, as a cyber Evangelist to win the North Indian brethren for the Lord. My family is residing in Amritsar, Punjab – the capital of the Sikh world. We serve the Lord with the burden of “Preaching the Scripture, Teaching to the Word and Training for the persecuted Saints of North India”, thereby we long to, ‘equip the saints so that the Church in North India would be mobilized to fulfill the Great Commission’.
However, the days of sufferings are not yet over for me and my family. My family and my Sikh community are dead-against of me and they are still on the hunt for me. Even to this day I keep getting threatening phone calls from them. Some times I go in hiding. I know that staying in one place for few years could get me into trouble, yet I know that God has a purpose in my life and nothing will harm me without His knowledge. Therefore, he has led me marvelously to this day.
I would request you to pray for my unsaved family so that they may also know the Savior. Above all, He would strengthen us as a family to fulfill His will through our lives.
This living testimony of the the Sikh priest or granthi is true and he wishes to remain anonymous.