Languages spoken: Oriya and Hindi
Languages read and written: Oriya and English
What was your family life like? I grew up in the Compassion Ashirbad child development center project in a place called Labanyagada in Gajapati district, Odisha state. My mother and my two sisters live together. When I was very small, my father passed away, and I grew up holding my mother's hand and I know her only. She worked hard a lot to manage our family. There was no devotional life for us, even though we were born into a Christian family. My eldest sister got married and my elder sister is in college and studying science. I like my home; it is small and greatly blessed by the Lord. My mother is the only source of income and she earns money to give us our daily meal. It was hard for her to provide us the proper education. My mother was a sweeper and so she could never afford to give everything to us, but I still love my mother because she showed me the way.
Describe your childhood community environment: I have many friends in my village and in my school, but my best friend's name is Suman. I and my friend always love to take each other's challenges in sports, studies and other activities.
What are some of your personal interests and passions? I am interested in drawing and painting. I love to listen to music and sing songs. My hobby is to read books.
What is your vision for your time in the Leadership Development Program? My vision is that I want to earn a bachelor's degree in computer applications. I have the interest to do the best for my life and choose the best career, so that I can set an example for others in my village through Compassion. I want to be a good leader of my village and help my community people to do better in the future.
Tell us about your spiritual, physical and academic goals for the next few years: I need to grow a more personal relationship with God and create a strong bond between us. I need to read the Bible daily and worship Him in the church services and give more time in personal prayers. I will play outdoor games, such as cricket and volleyball, to keep myself fit and healthy. I will study hard in my university to perform well and take my extra classes in weak subjects.
Is there anything else you want to share? I am serving in my Sunday school and helping my teacher to make them future leaders like me. I want to be an effective leader of my village and a responsible pastor of my church and help them and lead them.
How did you come to accept Christ as your personal Savior? I was born into a Christian family and I lived with my mother and two elder sisters. It was tough for my mother to give us the necessities anymore. After that I joined Compassion project, in the year 2004. When I attended the church, the pastor personally counseled me in the Sunday school to accept Jesus as my personal Savior. His message was that we need to be saved from our sin. After that I started knowing about sin and repenting for it. I accepted Christ as my personal Savior when I was 15 years old.
What is God teaching you right now? God is teaching me to trust in Him. I used to worry a lot regarding my life and career. God blessed me with the LDP program, and I am chosen to do His work, and I am happy and thank the Lord for it. In my life I have experienced many blessings from God and the most beautiful is that He never let me feel the absence of my father every day, because He stood beside us as my Father and taught me to grow with Him.
Describe the impact Compassion has had on your personal and spiritual development: I and my family were in great difficulties. My mother was feeding us and helping to do our schooling and trying hard to give us the proper education and the necessities of daily living. It was Compassion who stood beside us and helped my mother by sharing the burden. Through Compassion, I continued my studies. I want to thank God and Compassion for being with me and all the sponsors for their support to us.
How are you currently serving in your local church? I am currently serving my Sunday school teacher and helping her to conduct the classes. I also take part in Bible reading and in leading the worship team and helping the older ones in the prayer cell.
Who has had the most influence on your life and why? My mother is the most influential person in my life. I learned from my mother to work hard and keep trust in God during the difficult times of my life. We should keep faith and believe in Him and wait for His answers, because we know He will never let us down. Though my father was not there, my mother never let us feel his absence in our life. She provided us all that we needed and stood with us in our ups and downs.
What challenges do you think you will face during your university experience? I will face a challenge to adjust in the new environment of the university with new people and people from different backgrounds and different faiths. My language will be a great challenge for me, and I need to overcome it as soon as possible.
What are some of the problems in your community? In my village people believe in idol worship. They are illiterate and they are being cheated by others very easily. The greater problem is that their children are forced to work at an early age and it is increasing day by day.
How do you hope to use your future career and leadership skills to be a servant leader and help your community, church and country? I will use my leadership skills to serve my community and to change my society and make it better for the future generation. I will motivate them to get education and to help their families. I want to introduce computers in my village and help the people to learn how to use them.