Languages spoken: Tamil and English
Languages read and written: Tamil, English and Hindi
What was your family life like? I was born and brought up in a village called Perungudi, which is located just 12 kilometers [about 7.5 miles] away from Madurai city. We are living in a small, tiled house. My father is working as a security guard at a college. My mother is a sales assistant in a textile shop. I have only one brother, who is working as a trainee in a company. I come from a Hindu background, but I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior at the age of 15. Even though my parents are working, their income is inadequate to meet our needs.
Describe your childhood community environment: I started kindergarten at Amudham Matric Higher Secondary School, where I studied up to twelfth grade. I had a good number of friends at my school and Compassion project. I shared all my happiness and griefs with my friends. I have come across lots of challenges in my life. God has helped me overcome these same challenges. In my future also I can withstand with any kind of challenge with the help of Christ.
What are some of your personal interests and passions? My personal interests and passions are drawing and painting. Moreover, I tutor my neighbor's children and tell stories about Jesus and His deeds to the children.
What is your vision for your time in the Leadership Development Program? I would like to prove myself the best in my education and spirituality during my time in the Leadership Development Program. My vision is to be a role model to my juniors. I will motivate small children to grow spiritually and academically by showing my life as an example.
Tell us about your spiritual, physical and academic goals for the next few years: I want to walk in the light of His ways and become a good servant leader. I want to learn all Bible truths and teach young people about God. I will take nutritious food to keep my body fit. I want to prove myself as an outstanding student by studying well.
Is there anything else you want to share? My greatest achievement is that I was able to help tsunami victims by volunteering. I want to be friendly with everyone and develop my character as a simple and loving person.
How did you come to accept Christ as your personal Savior? Since I became a Compassion child, I was taught about the Lord Jesus Christ. But I was not very close with God or His Scripture until when my mom underwent an appendix operation, when I was in tenth grade. I knelt down and cried at the feet of God for giving a complete recovery to my mom. I believed God listened to my prayer by giving good healing to my mom. Now I have complete faith in Christ.
What is God teaching you right now? Right now God is teaching me the way of facing troubles and challenges through the Word of God, by trusting Him every day. I am reading the scripture verses He is giving me. I have submitted myself to our Lord Jesus Christ to mold my character and lead my life as He wishes.
Describe the impact Compassion has had on your personal and spiritual development: Only through Compassion, I came to know about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I have been able to grow deeper in God through Compassion. It also helped me to grow academically and taught me to serve the community, through the awareness programs. I am fortunate that I am called by God and He has given me a right and good opportunity. And He has adopted me as His child.
How are you currently serving in your local church? I am singing devotional songs at my church. I am so blessed to be a part of choir. I was a teacher in vacation Bible school and I shared the love of Christ with my students.
Who has had the most influence on your life and why? Our Lord Jesus Christ has the most influence in my life. When I get depressed by the troubles He will talk to me through the Bible and prayers. God loves me and gives solutions to my problems and changed my life to be meaningful and led me to salvation. Since I accepted Him as my personal Savior, He has helped me a lot and made me stand as a good testimony.
What challenges do you think you will face during your university experience? I suppose that the senior students in the college might be engaged in hazing. This is the first experience that I am going out of my house and my known surroundings, because I did my whole schooling in one school in my village.
What are some of the problems in your community? The problems existing in my community are alcoholism, the caste system, child marriage, child labor, polygamy, sexual abuse, violence against women, and school dropouts.
How do you hope to use your future career and leadership skills to be a servant leader and help your community, church and country? After my college studies are finished, I will visit my Compassion project where I was brought up. Because I know about the community and the challenges very well, I will give apt advice and suggestions to give up their bad habits and come out of the community's abominable clutches. And I will teach them a right path to succeed in life. I will teach Sunday classes for kids and take part in youth ministry. I will become a good leader to serve the poor and needy.