Praise the Lord
Prayerful greetings to all of you in the Holy and only one mighty saving name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is indeed a great honour and privilege for me share about me so that knowing about each other, we might come together to be bonded in the blood of Christ and share in all aspects for the wide spread of the Kingdom of God.
I am Pastor. John David Dimmili, born and brought up from Hindu orthodox family in the village called srungavruksham, Thondangi Mandal, East Godavari District Andhra Pradesh in India. We were completely under the bondages of idols, ritual practices of since our forefathers.
I use to spend my life as I liked with friends, without any responsibilities, fully intoxicated with alcohol, smoking, watching filthy films and adultery, spoiling my life without knowing the abundant grace of forgiving Love of Jesus Christ. I never cared the good words of my village community and parents.
In the eternal plan of God even before the foundations of the world, one day a neighbouring village pastor and the church team came to my village for outreach ministry. As I did not like Jesus Christ, I started fighting, scolding with bad language and warned the pastor to stop his ministry.
In 1996 my father fell sick critically, carried by us for all his daily needs, not able to give him proper treatment due to poverty and as a result, he died in the same year.
Again the same pastor came to my house, comforting me with great words from the Holy Bible and preached God’s word. None of the village community comforted me like this man of God comforted. Though the pastor did not see my father, but knowing that I lost y father, the pastor introduced the heavenly father and invited me to come to the church.
I understood that something new was happening in my life. As I slowly started going to the church and reading Bible, the holy scriptures from Psalms: 118:8 touched my heart.
Then that I submitted my heart listening God’s word, The Holy Spirit started leading me to increase my faith in the Lord. I confessed my sins before the Lord and accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour and Lord. I became the child of God.
I joined with pastor in the ministry, experiencing the touch of God in my life and helping the pastor in the meetings, crusades, house visiting, door to door evangelism etc with much ambition to learn more about Jesus Christ. Later I informed the pastor about my interest of joining the Bible School to be trained and learn much more about Christ Jesus.
Dedicating myself to the ministry of God, I was baptized in the year of 1997. Later I left my job and went to Bangalore for studying B.Th. and completed in 2001 and returned.
About my Family Life:
After return I was wedded with Aruna on 26th July 2001.
Not knowing what would be the situation in the future about the place of ministry, food, shelter, we entered in to full time the ministry. But God has been faithful and just in our entire journey. Leaning on HIM and learning HIS word we started visiting villages, sometimes without food even for 5 days also. Then God showed me a vision of a place called harlotry (prostitute colony) in a small town, all the families engaged in the prostitution. In the beginning, though I didn’t like to go there because of their profession, several times, God revealing the same and insisting me to preach to the perishing souls.
At last I decided to obey the God’s call and went and started my ministry midst of them. Slowly we started visiting door to door, understanding the pathetic conditions of the people, sharing God’s word, Sunday school, Sunday service, Bible classes and street meetings. By the grace of God I had great results. People responded coming to the church and meetings, experience the infilling of the Holy Spirit moving mightily.
According to many in the past 6 pastors went to this colony, having failed, returned back and the question was that whether I would continue or come back? My faith was that since God showed and not my plan, God will support me to continue.
Problems and Providence:
God provided a small rented house (palm leaves hut). We continued the ministry, praying day and night by faith. Many times we fainted because of not having food. No proper clothes even. The first offering was INR 10 but the same now became 100 folds of blessings in the ministry.
Expansion of the Ministry:
Now we have above 100 members in the congregation, two branches, the result of faith in God and hard work by the leading of the Holy Spirit. People are being added to the church by listening to God’s word. Baptisms, miracles, healings and wonders are taking place continuously in the ministry.
5 years waiting for Children in the Family:
Till 5 years after the marriage, there were no children. We were afraid and discouraged regarding the children but fasted and prayed pleading day and night. We visited many doctors. My own people were mocked at me saying, “Being a Pastor, God’s servant why this problem? Bearing all these humiliations, trusting the promise of God, we continued the ministry. At last Doctor declared of no more chance having children. At this declaration, my wife was so much discouraged.
In the year 2006 one day my wife got great pain (menses) she was rolling so severely. I prayed to God stop the pain. I lost my control and was discouraged. I started wrestling with God in prayer. God revealed in vision that my wife was healed, the next month became pregnant, and delivered a male child.
God fulfilled his revelation by giving us a male child whom we named Clint Paul Rein hard. Wonderful God did wonders in our life.
1995---Completion of B.A from Andhra University Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
1995 to 1997--- In Social Action.
2001---Completion of B.Th. from Calvary Bible collage Bangalore, Karnataka.
2001---Ministry initiation in Tuni.
By sharing this testimony, I hope many are strengthened and Glory to God for all his miraculous leading. I prayerfully invoke heavenly blessings on all of you and also request you all to keep us in your prayers so that we may not loose courage but live for God.