Austin Christian Fellowship of India


Sharing testimonials in the presence of our God is the best way to be a witness of His love to the non believers. ACFI encourages you to be a witness to our Lord wherever and whenever possible.When you share your testimony it stirs up faith in you and in your hearers. Revelation 12:11 says we overcome our enemy by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony.

If you would like to share your testimony which would be posted in this page please send it to testimonials@acfi.cc.



"Promise verse Isaiah 41:10.As we reflect on our life and the blessings of the Lord, we see two things �Grace: what do not deserve but are given and Mercy: what we truly deserve but do not get. Grace: We are grateful to the Lord for this blessing that we are at this service with our family, my wife Anita, sons Joshua and Jason and my parents. My sister Anita and brother in law Pastor Sherwin were blessed with a child after 14 years of marriage. My wife�s parents in India were diagnosed with metastatic cancer and have been blessed with remission. God has blessed us with success at work �with promotions and added responsibilities. Mercy: The mercies of the Lord would not be complete without mentioning His Grace�our dear friend was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was given 3 weeks �he is alive and doing well and maintains a positive attitude. Our niece and nephew were diagnosed with autoimmune diseases and are undergoing treatments and doing well. Let us continue to uphold each other in prayers. "
               -- Samson Jesudass , Austin TX



Following my fall on Jan 4th 2011 - sustaining multiple fractures and head injury. The fractures healed by God's Grace in 5 months time - But due to the head injury, I could not walk properly till Nov 2014 !!
In spite of my ill health, God enabled me to do the medical work at Malkangiri Odisha and also started a Plantation Program as the local temperature was increasing due to the heavy deforestation by the government.
The Lord brought me to Austin on July 13th 2013 - and gave me a life of comfort where I went from one controlled temperature to another at my son Mano's home. I also had multiple fresh fruit juices and Sangeetha gave tasty and healthy food. Playing with my grandson darling Reuben and pushing the pram with my darling Ittia when Mano and Sangeetha were busy helped my walk. God and prayers of many many has cured me completely and now I can walk well and kneel and pray. .Indeed our God is an Awesome and Miracle working God. Praise Him.
The Lord taught me innumerable lessons during the short stay here at Austin. I am rejuvenated and I am going back to Malkangiri on Jan 9th 2014, to continue the work and my Doctoral studies in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counselling at SAIACS Bangalore, as an extension course.
My heartfelt Thanks to ACFI and all who prayed for me and sent encouraging email and Face book messages and support.
               -- Dr.Iris Paul , Austin TX




"I entered the ACFI church 1st time to give the offerings, that was the only reason I entered into church. Everyone did a great welcome, I felt really very happy.

I felt very peaceful after the prayers. I was sharing to my wife that I was feeling good after church.. I couldn�t stop coming to the church because I wanted peace and I found some peace in church through the prayers and songs offered to the LORD.

GOD gave me an opportunity to go for Tamil bible study and that was my 1st bible study. Then I was willing to know about the LORD JESUS, Then I thought why don�t I read the bible and try to understand..? Many in ACFI church came forward to help me knowing my interest towards knowing the �WORD OF GOD�. Slowly me and my wife started reading the bible, we started from the GOSPEL Matthew Everyone in ACFI CHURCH were wonderful, the way they shower love to the others and was amazed.. When I visited few ACFI church friends house, I noticed few words LOVE PEACE AND JOY at their home. I understood that they were following all these things from the word of GOD.

LORD gave me an opportunity to watch �PROPHET BERNARD BLESSING�S TESTIMONY� . After watching his testimony my faith in LORD INCREASED like anything. In the past, I never experienced nor heard such a miracles happening in human�s life. But still as a believer of HINDU GOD,I had lot questions arising in my mind. 1. How did an HINDU religion origined and got developed into such a large community...? 2. I heard many saying that LORD JESUS is the only GOD In this world and eternal world,

How is this possible....? HINDU religion also has holy book BHAGAWAT GITA and epics like RAMAYANAM ,MAHABARATHAM etc.... Vedas like yajur veda,sama veda etc, In Hindu religion we have many GOD�s & GODESS, temples, offerings etc.. If HINDU God do not exists on earth then how did all this book originated, on what basis they were written....? For all my question�s LORD ANSWERD me through BRO TITUS THAYAPPAN�S testimony. I just took his testimony book to see what he as shared, because he was a strong HINDU believer. Also I watched the video of his testimony on �youtube� After watching I was amazed and shocked reason being

BRO Titus Thayappan was a strong believer of HINDU GOD�S for about 58 years. And his SON was suffering due to some brain disease and was in ICU in St.vincent�s Hospital UNITED STATES ,one of the most popular hospital in USA. Doctors said that they can�t save his son and advised BRO TITUS THAYAPPAN to do a mercy killing; he was totally broken after hearing this news from doctors. For about 2 months he did all prayers and offerings to the HINDU GOD and none of the HINDU god helped him. He was frustrated and cried, shouted saying is there any GOD in this world, who can help me...?

LORD JESUS heard his words and helped him through PASTOR JACOB who was in the same hospital where his son was admitted. Pastor heard about his son and was really hurt he volunteered and said he will pray for his son, pastor cried with tears and prayed to the LORD to save his SON.. It was a real miracle that happened to his SON after the prayers, His son was on the wheel chair with full conscious when he returned after the prayers from church. Doctors were totally amazed by seeing the miracle that has happened.

There were also comparisons about the HINDU MANTRA�S to the WORD OF GOD which made me amazed, I will go through it now, OM BRAHMA PUTHIRAYA NAMAHA BRAHMA=FATHER PUTHIRAYA=SON NAMAHA=WE WORSHIP MEANING: WE EXALT,PRAY AND WORSHIP JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF THE SUPREME FATHER REFER JOHN 3:16

OM KANNI SUTHAYA NAMAHA MEANING: OH LORD WHO IS BORN OF A VIRGIN, WE WORSHIP YOU. REFER MATTHEW 1:23

OM PANCHA KAAYA NAMAHA (OH LORD,YOU BORE FIVE WOUNDS IN YOUR BODY FOR OUR SAKE, WE ADORE YOU AND WORSHIP YOU) REFER ISAIAH 53:5

OM VIRUCHASOOLA ARUNDHAYA NAMAHA (OH LORD,YOU WERE HUNG IN THE CROSS FOR US,FOR ALL OUR SINS AND SICKNESS WE GLORIFY YOU) REFER PETER 2:24 NO OTHER GOD IN ANY OTHER RELIGION DIED FOR US OR FOR OUR SINS.

SAMA VEDA A HINDU RELIGION BOOOK SAYS ABOUT THE LORD JESUES,A SMALL GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST by PARAVASTHU SURYA NARAYANA RAO A WELL KNOWN AND FAMOUS 17TH CENTURY PREIST OF HINDU GOD.

HE STUDIED ALL PALM LEAF MANUSCRIPTS AND VEDAS AVAILABLE TO DISCOVER THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION HE HAD IN HIS MIND. THE QUESTION WAS,

�WHO IS THE ONE WHO CAN TAKE AWAY ALL THE SINS THAT HE HAS COMITTED..?� AFTER 7 � YEARS OF THE RESEARCH HE FOUND THAT VEDA CLEARLY SAYS�WITHOUT SHEDDING OF BLOOD THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS OF SINS.� IN SAMPOORNA MAHABHARATHAM IT IS SAID �RATHHA PUROTCHANAM PAAVA VINASAM�

MEANING : THAT TO REMOVE THE SIN,BLOOD SHOULD BE SHED. In second division Thandiya magapiramanam paava of Sama veda,a Manthra says, �prajapathirthe vaepiyam ,athma naam yagnam,krutvaa prayachith� Meaning �THE RULER OF THE PEOPLE WILL DO YAGNA AND GIVE HIS OWN BODY AS A SACRIFICE OF ATONEMENT TO REMOVE THE SINS OF THE PEOPLE�. Prajapathi means creator LORD GOD.Vedic scholars says that �ONLY WHEN THE HOLY CREATOR GOD BECOMES A SACRIFICE SALVATION CAN BE ACHIEVED.� Narayana rao was greatly surprised to find a mantra in sama veda a hindu religious book,Saying that�lihviyaa koptharam mahakyavvathinaa koriyanthi havyayaana pariyathaaseen� This is in Sanskrit.

Meaning �THE ONE WHO IS GOING TO TAKE AN AVATARAM(DIVINE BIRTH)WILL BE BORN OF A VIRGIN IN A CATTLE SHED.�

ALL THESE ABOVE COMPARISIONS OF HINDU BOOKS SAYS ABOUT ONLY LORD JESUS CHRIST AND NO ONE ELSE. I HAVE ACCEPTED LORD JESUS CHRIST AS MY SAVIOR WITH FULL FAITH. I GOT ALL MY ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS THAT I HAD IN MY MIND.I ALSO FOUND THAT �LORD JESUS IS THE PRINCE OF PEACE� THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD. I FELT VERY UNHAPPY THAT I HAD NEVER PRAYED TO THE REAL AND ONE ONLY LORD JESUS CHRIST IN MY PAST. I FEEL THANKFUL TO THE LORD THAT HE HAS FOUND US AND ACCEPTED US AS HIS CHID. I PRAISE THE LORD FOR HE MADE THIS WONDERFUL CHANGE IN MY LIFE. HALLELUAH!!! "

               -- Senthil Kumar , Bangalore India




"I came to know Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior in year 2000. I tasted HIS love, amazing grace, salvation, and His work in my life. He taught me through HIS word which are golden nuggets like a loving father and changed my life. I strongly believe, a life can be fruitful or successful only through Jesus and by following HIS WORD. Jesus Christ worked many miracles in my life. I have found peace and joy in my heart and it is full of God�s love. I only have a desire to grow, and get to know Him better and better. I thank Jesus for HIS sacrifice to save me. HE is the BEST & AWESOME in my life. "
               -- Suresh Badiga , Round Rock TX



"I had a wish to visit church from long time but never got an opportunity, Once Senthil took me to ACFI through Ernest, That was my first visit to church. I felt very good the way people welcomed us on the first day, and the prayer offerings, songs all were new for me saw everything for first time, I was trying to catch the words and sing together it was good, But i was not serious about anything at that time, We just liked coming church and listening to preaching so continued our visit to church.

Once we were invited to Tamil BIBLE study, first time we got a chance to know about Jesus and prayer songs in our own language,all were involved and singing and I was not aware of the tune and was not able to catch the songs.. We were keen in listening about everything happening over their, and we got more interest to know what exactly is the BIBLE about, coming back home senthil and me shared the same thought.

We both wanted to know the word of GOD, Senthil initiated by emailing to few in ACFI, and by GOD's grace they replied us back and they were more interested to help us out.. They made time for us, visited our place and gave an overview of BIBLE, We asked them how to start reading BIBLE and understand the word of GOD, they helped and answered all are queries regarding BIBLE. The same day night we started reading BIBLE, this continued every night , Whenever I read the word of GOD i felt good about it , Infact I started waiting for every night to read the word of GOD, (We spoke between ourself that we will read together).

Then the magic started i got more involved to know all the miracles LORD JESUS made on earth in saving peoples life. We both started watching testimony together, whenever I was finding time I used to watch them alone and was discussing the same once he was back from work . I started believing in JESUS, but i was unable to accept JESUS as the only GOD on Earth, because i believed in my Hindu GOD, I was bought up that way i used to do pooja every day. When my belief started on Jesus i started Ignoring other GOD, One day i felt too depressed on what am doing why am i ignoring my GOD.

I cried loud in front of my Hindu Idol but prayed holding BIBLE to Jesus like, Jesus please give me peace, am in full depression correct me at that time i was fully involved but i dint know what am doing , I dint know if am ignoring my GOD was a SIN. I cried loud to GOD like Make me feel your presence, make me realize what's happening with me.. may be after an hour.. Their was some changes in me.

I was like more happy, I dint know the answer but was more happy.. I was thinking nothing special happened why am i happy, then i realized that the happiness/inner JOY was the answer JESUS gave me, It was the inner peace and the feel he made me to experience his presence, It meant a lot to me. Through this peace JESUS Said me " You are on right path, Its not a sin and you are not ignoring any GOD, nothing to worry all is well, am their for you..."

I dint know how to share it, I dint know if anyone will believe if i tell this, But still i did share it at home. Now everything was clear, but i dint know what was the next step, I believe in GOD and i believe in him that he is their for me.. Now the only question which was not answered was "IS HE THE ONLY GOD on earth....? , This thought i used to get sometimes within myself, But i never mind if many gods are their that's what I answered myself.

We met pastor and he helped us to take the next step to show our LOVE to JESUS , He is our spiritual father, He helped us to confess and show our LOVE to LORD... Again the day we confessed the inner feel was like "WOW" , it cant be expressed.. Later our happy days continued watching TESTIMONY on YouTube whenever we were free, I would like to mention Titus Thayappan's Testimony which i watched the very next day after confessing "JESUS as our personal savior", He made us watch the Video and he answered through the video that he is the "ONLY GOD ON EARTH."

Anyone watching that testimony should simply agree to the fact that JESUS is the only GOD on earth.

All our doubts were cleared, We got an answer about GOD, Everyday he made us have a peaceful day, Before we leave US we wanted to get Baptised and say " LORD, THANKS A LOT FOR BLESSING US & ACCEPTING US AS YOUR CHILD"

Alleluyah...!!!!

               -- Shamini , Bangalore , India




"I praise God for He brought me out of darkness (from Hindu background) in to His Light (True and Living God). I thank Him for all His mighty ways in my life and for the greater plans that He has for all of us. His grace has led me thus far and He will never leave me nor forsake me."
               -- Suresh Bose, Austin TX




"We walk both physically and spiritually as veterans of God�s grace. While the most difficult trials came to turn the �perfection� of our family�s little world upside-down, God�s promises remained ever-present and true for each one of us. When we fell to our knees because we could find no other help, we were reminded to �Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be afraid, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.� From this we knew that it was God alone whom we could put our trust in. He miraculously demonstrated to us that faith, by a relationship with HIM above all else, would be our security in all our trials. Finally, he reminded us that His plan, no matter how difficult it may seem, is one that will �prosper us, not harm us� and give us a future and a hope.� What we see through our eyes is just a tiny streak of a massive and beautiful masterpiece. What we had once viewed as perfection, earthly pleasures and luxuries, slowly changed in the light of what was perfect in the sight of God."
"It was only through these trials that God enabled us to fully recognize his blessings, his life-giving grace, and his love."
               -- The Boyalapalli Family , Round Rock ,TX




We thank the Lord for His abounding mercy in our lives. He is constantly with us,leading us from victory to victory. He sure is a prayer answering God! & we can't thank Him enough for the wonders that He is doing for us! as a family we thank Him for everything that He has provided, including His joy & peace in abundance. His faithfulness is new every morning!! We are very blessed to be His children. And we praise Him as a family!!. As for me & my house, we will serve the Lord.My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven & earth. The joy of the Lord is my(our) strength.

               - Deepu, Melody & Family, Jarrel ,TX


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