God Wants You!

God is in no trouble. He does not need our service, time or talent. To think He does after one has heard the call of God often leads many young believers into wasted years of fruitless labor. In 1976, when God called me back into missions from the pastorate, one of my first excuses for not moving ahead in obedience was my pulpit. After all, I argued, this church is obviously being blessed, and “God needs me here.” How foolish!…Read more...

Dreamers Always Think: Is This Silly Idea Really From God?

Some 40 years ago, a scrawny stranger was escorted into my office. He introduced himself and explained he was from India. My son, Randall, earning some extra funds for school, was clipping bushes outside by the front door of our office building when this gentleman asked how to meet David Mains. “Sure,” said Randall, “I can help with that,” and escorted the newcomer into his dad’s office. Without a doubt, that was one of the most expeditious meetings of my… Read...

World Literacy Day – the Power of Empowerment

I had been travelling from Delhi by train to my native place in Kerala. Usually I would then catch a bus to my home which was in a small village about half hour away. I was hungry and decided to have some breakfast. That’s where I saw her. She was middle aged and wore a colourful saree. A large straw basket on her head and a plastic bag in her left hand, she stood there. Waiting, and waiting. Buses came and buses went. She just looked at them with a blank stare. But why was she waiting so long? Fear and anxiety were written all over her face.I walked over to her and asked where she was headed. When she understood that our destinations were the same, she smiled and relaxed. I was curious to know why she hadn’t taken the bus which had come earlier, to our village. She said that she was waiting for a private bus, with the picture of some famous actor on it and was coloured red and green.She said she always goes on it; she knew the conductor of the bus she said. As we talked, the bus to our village came. Let’s go, our bus is here, I said. But she looked perplexed. But this was not her bus; it didn’t have red and green on it. But I read the sign on the bus to her and said, this goes to our village. She smiled, kind of awkwardly said – I don’t know how to read. I said don’t worry; trust me, it will take us to our village. I helped...
The Holy Man: a Story (Part 2)

The Holy Man: a Story (Part 2)

Freedom through Forgiveness One night, the holy man’s angel appeared to him and told him how to be free from the chains. “There is only one way,” the angel said. “You have to forgive your wife. Do not think of her as the woman who deceived you, but as a woman who loved you sincerely and was searching for love. Forgiveness is the only way to healing and deliverance.” “No one can undo the sin she committed,” said the holy man. “She is a sinner.” “You are right,” said the angel; “she sinned. You were wounded and now you are trapped in chains. But forgiveness can change all of this.” Finally, the holy man asked the angel how he could forgive from his heart. The angel took the holy man to a room that looked like a theater. As he sat down, a film called “This Was Your Life” started running on the screen. The holy man soon understood that the film was about his own life. There was the house he was born in and his childhood playmates. His whole life played before him, including his deepest, darkest secrets. “Stop!” he screamed, “I don’t want to see this.” “You must watch it,” said the angel. At last, he saw a place full of flames. “That is hell,” the angel said. “You belong there.” The holy man started crying. “I don’t want to go there! I don’t want to go there!” The angel explained to him that forgiveness was the only way to be saved. The holy man asked God for forgiveness and started believing in Jesus Christ as...
The Holy Man: a Story (Part 1)

The Holy Man: a Story (Part 1)

“I Am Not Like Others” Once upon a time there lived a vegetable seller who was so blameless that people called him the holy man. He often thought about how blameless, good and righteous he was. But because of his militant sense of justice, he never extended help to other people. He spoke unkindly about those around him because of his lack of mercy. He was always saying things like, “I am not like others”, and “you should learn from me”. The holy man’s wife was a short woman who wore simple, unflattering clothes. She would get up early in the morning to make breakfast and pack her husband’s lunch. The rest of her day was spent taking care of the children and the house. Her husband wouldn’t come home until late at night. In the 17 years of their marriage, the holy man had never spoken a word of thanks or love to his wife. Her life was full of loneliness and tears. Her only comfort was talking to the man who lived next door. They became good friends. Judgment Falls One day, the holy man unexpectedly came home at noontime. What he saw—an illegitimate relationship between his neighbor and his wife—made him furious. The news spread quickly through the village. Everyone thought the holy man would beat his wife and leave her. What else would such a blameless and righteous person do? But he told everyone that he forgave his wife. I am not like others, he thought to himself. I am not cruel. But from that time onward, the holy man started sleeping in another room....