Background: I am K. Tatilu (Jonathan), was born in Hindu family at Chinateenarla village. I am fourth child to my parents and my father was like a priest (poojari) in our house for household goddesses, and at the same time, my father was fisherman. He was so religious man, my father was having boats and he was earning good money. As my family was growing my father was addicted to alcohol. When I was eight years old my father passed away. Because of my father we lose everything so, all of suddenly we became poor so all our family members left us alone. My mother had gone through many struggles with her four children. I was semi-orphan so mother kept me in one Christian orphanage there I come across Christ, the Love that shown by the home convicted me to follow Jesus Christ and moreover I experienced Christ Love. I don’t know father’s Love and even Mother’s Love because my mother was not with me. She was a daily labour so she was not able to look after me and other children.
My conversion: when I was ten years old I was affected by malaria so my mother took me to hospital but there was no cure. After some days, one more disease added to me so doctors said to my mother that we can’t do anything to this boy. Ultimately I was on the death bed, my mother had no hope that I would live. Everyone thought that I already died. On that day, one pastor came to my village and my mother asked him to pray for me. Because pastor knew that I believed in Jesus Christ because I was in an orphanage, so pastor prayed and went away but my mother got a little hope on me that Jesus will save my son.
Next day my mother took me to the church and made a vow to God with tears that “Lord save my child. If he will live I will give him for your ministry and he will be serving to you entire his life”. When my mother made prayer to God I was slowly recovering day by day. When I got healed, my mother and other household accepted Christ as their personal saviour from then my faith became strong in Christ. I studied up to 10th standard in Christian orphanage; through me all of my family accepted Christ. Because my family conditions I left my studies and went Goa for a job. There because of my friends and of my work I was totally away from the Lord. I forgot that what my mother made a promise with God. I was addicted to all bad habits. Again I was in the problem where I can understand God’s will in my life. I had been a beggar for some days because of not obeying to God’s will in that strange land. But God has a plan for my life and brought me back to my home and forgave my sins. I was growing in faith strongly.
Call for ministry: whenever I do the job there was no fruit in that place. I always lose in my business because I forgot my mother’s promise towards God regarding me. But when I was praying to God, God was speaking with me through the scripture John 15:16 “you did not choose me, but I choose you and appointed you that you should bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, whatever you ask the Father in my name He may give you”. Through this word God spoke with me then I realize that was God’s plan for me in His own ways.
One day God spoke with me through a prophet again that I should do His ministry. By this all I understood that God called me to His ministry. At the Age of 18 I went to Bible College to study in Telugu medium one year, and then I minister with one senior pastor for two years. And I served one year for orphan children as a warden. And by the help of God I went Bible college again I completed B.Th. then after I did my M.Div in Visakahapatnam. In 2011 April 27 I got married to Ramya. God gave me a prayerful lady as my life partner, I thank God for Her.
Ministerial burden: As God kept me burden for perishing souls in Andhra pradesh. I had been an orphan so I have a burden for orphan children and their struggle; moreover, I came to know Christ when I was in the orphanage so, I have a great burden for orphan children.
I have only one goal that until last breath of my life I want to serve the Lord faithfully in all the areas of my life. God gave me the gift to lead and teach some pastors. I am praying to God to have some support for those pastors for this small ministry. I have the vision to plant churches in unreached areas for God. Your prayers and partnership with us will make much impact in this small ministry
please pray for me and my wife. For the ministry we are doing in India.
God’s servant Kt. Jonathan