Rt. Rev. Dr. Albert V. Jebanayagam is Founder and President of Canaan Fellowship International Church in Sri Lanka. He has a BSc. in Mathematics from the University of Manchester in England whereupon he joined the National Westminster Bank as an executive. In December 1996, Pastor Albert obtained a Master of Philosophy (Missiology) from New Covenant International University, Florida. In November 2001 he was consecrated as a Bishop in London by the International Charismatic Assembly of God. Thereafter, he obtained his Doctor of Philosophy ( Ph.D. in Biblical Studies) in Florida, USA in June 2003 and was conferred a Doctor of Divinity by the South Asia Institute of Theology in November 2003.View all articles by Albert J
At the age of nine, Albert fell in love with the Lord Jesus and invited Him into his heart as his personal Saviour. Shortly after, in simple child-like faith, he received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and was filled with power from on high. By and by, the Word of God grew in him as Albert increased in wisdom and stature, in favour with both God and men.
When he was eighteen, his father passed away peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus, but for Albert, it was his first coming face to face with death. Standing by the dead body of the man he loved dearly, Albert recognized the futility of life. There and then, he sensed the beckoning of the Holy Spirit and in a prayer, he rededicated his life back to Jesus. Once again, Jesus Christ became him first and only love.
Albert went on to the University and obtained a bachelor's degree in Mathematics. He then proceeded to the University of Manchester in England for further studies. Thereafter, he joined the National Westminster Bank as an executive. It seemed, at that time, that the future was bright for him to climb the corporate ladder to financial success.
But unlike the professionals of the world, the fire of God was burning within him. Albert spent all his spare time preaching and teaching the Word of God. Weekends, holidays and vacations were spent running around from city to city, speaking publicly and boldly in places like Trafalgar Square, Nottingham Square and even railway stations. Occasionally, you could even find him witnessing and preaching outside pubs! So the young man literally gave all his spare time to Jesus, and the Lord, in His goodness, took him all over England, France, Germany and many other European countries. By this time, the young man was contemplating settling down, marrying an English girl and making England his home. However, the Lord had other plans.
One day, God began to speak in a still small voice, "Albert, My Son Jesus died for you. Now, what will you do for Him?" That question shook him to the core of his being, and desperately trying to justify himself, our brother answered, " Father, I have spent all my spare time and all my earnings on your work, what more can I do?" The Holy Spirit then brought a verse to his remembrance from the gospel of Luke: " If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be my disciple. " (Luke 14:26-7)
The time had come for him to move on into a greater dimension with God. Albert was aware then that the Lord was calling him into the full-time ministry. The young man decided to take this verse literally and gave up everything to become a servant of the Most High God. Again the Spirit of the Lord brought Acts 1:8 to his mind. " If you want to truly serve Me, go back to your Jerusalem." The direction was clear. He had to return to the land of his birth. Turmoil raged within him as he wrestled with the Spirit of God on his knees that night. But knowing that had to obey the Master he loved, Pastor Albert took the British citizenship application form and tore it to many pieces. There and then only, did he know that his destiny in the Lord was finally set.
This growing band of believers began to worship in public places, schools, and even under mango trees! As the numbers grew, a building was put up in the north of Sri Lanka, at Erupalay, Kopay. It originally started with one hall and two rooms, but today, it has gone through much physical transformation to become the headquarters of Canaan Fellowship International Church. Branches were also set up in many places all throughout the island.
But in the midst of all these, a verse from Psalms 2 comes into our minds. We have the assurance that in a time when the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing, we can ask of the Lord and He will give us the nations for our inheritance, the ends of the earth for our possession (Ps 2:1-2, 8).
God has promised Pastor Albert and his band a tremendous revival in Sri Lanka at the end of all the bloodshed. All of them are holding this promise close to their hearts, believing God for a mighty harvest of souls at the end of the calamity.
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Albert Jebanayagam - A Radical Christian