When the Lord calls
Rajesh Moses, Sowmya and their six children Haya, Pio, Gian, Evan, Kizito and Ekiza live in Nagpur. They are full time missionaries spreading the Love, Peace and Joy of our Lord wherever they go. They share with us how our Lord chose them and send them as a family to share the Good news.
Rajesh, could you please share with us how you had a Christ encounter and your initial days in the Jesus Youth movement?
I come from a typical Hindu background, and used to live in a joint family with cousins. One of my cousins who had an earlier experience of the love of Jesus inspired me to go for a retreat when I was 18. I was curious and went with a lot of questions but I returned with a lot of peace and joy from my encounter with Jesus.
“Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30: 20 -21). This word gave me the confidence to start walking with Jesus in the initial days of my faith.
From 1992 – 2000, I shared my faith in different ministries like Charismatic Groups, Charity and Social Services, Reach-outs to Non-Christians, Reach-out to Street People and so on. Eventually in the year 2000, I came to Jesus Youth through a yearlong formation program called “Sunday Fulltimers”. ‘Formation’ was very hard for me to digest initially! But, the ‘Spirit of God’ worked through different youngsters in the movement and through mentoring, meetings and follow-ups, I survived and came up gradually. I then initiated a prayer group in my Parish with more than 30 youth participating.
Later on, the ‘Cultural Exchange Program’ (a one month Mission exposure program in Kerala, for the tribal youth of North and Northeast India) influenced me, and I started orienting myself to a ‘mission’ centred life. This opened my eyes and I saw the need to work on myself and to come out of my comfort zone. I started taking initiatives to travel and meet the youth in North India – to pray and plan with them the possibilities to grow in the love of Jesus. This experience increased my faith and missionary zeal. But, by this time I also started recognising an emptiness in my spiritual journey due to the absence of sacraments in my life. So, I turned my focus and prayers and started preparing myself to receive the sacrament of Baptism. I was baptised in the year 2003, on June 3.
As a family, you took up a 3 year mission commitment to go to Uganda. How did you make this decision especially with four children at that time? Did you have any concerns?
In 2006 we got married. I was active in JY for four years, but could not take part in any mission activities due to family commitments. But I knew God was keeping something in store for us. We attended the Jubilee conference as a family in 2010. Later on, in 2011 during a mission orientation program for families, we received an inspiration to pray strongly for mission. At that time we understood God was expecting something more from us. As we shared together and prayed over it, we were inspired to do fulltime mission for 3 years. We discussed this with the senior leaders of the movement and they also continued to pray for us and discussed many options.
In 2012, Most Rev. Robert Muhiirwa Akkiki, Bishop of Fort Portal Diocese, invited Jesus Youth to Uganda. I went there by myself in July 2012, and spent around 3 weeks there. I met with the religious, and tried to interact with the youth. The time was an eye-opener, and made me realise that we could do things there with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In September 2012, myself, Soumya and our 4 kids at the time, moved to Uganda.