Languages spoken: Tamil and English
Languages read and written: Tamil, English and French
What was your family life like? I am a born-again Christian. My father left my family when I was 6 years old. At that time, my mother started her work as a domestic maid to meet our family needs. She is the only breadwinner for myself and for my younger brother, Martin Alexander, who is in eleventh grade.
Describe your childhood community environment: My school teachers and my friends are very encouraging and motivating to me.
What are some of your personal interests and passions? I have interests in singing, reading, dancing and sports, especially cricket. I am proud to have received the overall championship trophy in sports in my school in 2010. I have a passion to share God's Word and help the needy; I have an idea to start a social network for helping the poor.
What is your vision for your time in the Leadership Development Program? I have a great hope that the Leadership Development Program will enable me to achieve my goal as a professional for all the proceedings in my life.
Tell us about your spiritual, physical and academic goals for the next few years: My goal is to become a responsible Christian adult and always be grateful to God. I want to teach God's love and care for His people who sin against Him. I want to finish reading the Bible before the year ends. My goal is to excel in sports, mostly cricket. I want to stay healthy and eat good food, as I fall sick often. Now I am an average student but I aim to excel in studies and to become a professional.
Is there anything else you want to share? I will never forget my sponsor's commitment toward my life.
How did you come to accept Christ as your personal Savior? When I was a kid, I drank kerosene without knowing it, and I was admitted to the hospital in a very serious condition. Doctors said that there was no hope. But God did a miracle; He gave my life back. At that time I realized God's love, and I love Him forever. I was 8 years old then. And also, my faith was built up by my project day by day, to accept Christ as my personal Savior.
What is God teaching you right now? My Christ is always with me to lead my life and guide me. My prayer life has increased and made me closer to God. I pray thrice daily, like Daniel. I have started a youth ministry in our Compassion project to bring the young hearts toward Christ.
Describe the impact Compassion has had on your personal and spiritual development: Compassion is the only place where I received food to grow physically. I also received good education through Compassion. In spite of all the thorns in my life, my Compassion gave me a boost to stand in this world with Christ and courage.
How are you currently serving in your local church? I teach Bible study for the Sunday school children and have started a youth ministry in my project.
Who has had the most influence on your life and why? My mother, because from the time my father left us, she has given us good education and good spiritual thoughts. My sponsor (when I was in the child development center) also had influence on me, because she helps poor children. She is a teacher, and she helped me with her earnings and savings. She has been so loving and kind to me and has blessed my life.
What challenges do you think you will face during your university experience? I may get distracted by friends who try to induce me to bad habits, but I need to stand firm in Jesus.
What are some of the problems in your community? Alcoholic addiction, unemployment and illiteracy are some of the problems. Many men in our society are alcoholics and never take care of their families. Because most of the people are not educated, they are not aware of many things.
How do you plan to use your degree and leadership skills to address the problems in your community and advance the kingdom of God? I will help my future generation in studies to eradicate illiteracy and unemployment. I will serve my church and share the gospel with the community to solve the problems and help them know God's love. I will work for the uplifting of my country.