Markus Nag came from a Catholic background. His family attended mass every Sunday. But their worship ended there. Whenever they faced challenges, instead of going to church they would visit the local Hindu temple to pray to the various gods.
But Markus noticed that none of these rites or rituals ever did any good. Life was difficult. An illness afflicted their family that never seemed to leave them. And their family always lived in abject poverty. In fact, they were so poor Markus had to leave school at a very young age so he could help his family run their smallholding. This was their only source of income.
Markus became increasingly disillusioned with his parents’ constant dependence on futile rituals. He saw that they made no difference. He became angry and despondent. Over the months he began experimenting with drugs, and he gradually became an addict. Life became empty and pointless to Markus.
It was about that time that a relative invited Markus to visit his church – a local mission fellowship. Markus found the worship fascinating and the fellowship inviting. It provided a sense of freedom that he had never before experienced. Markus went back the next week, and the week after, and before long he was a regular attendee, standing at the back of the church and clapping along to the worship songs being sung each week.
Although he was a regular attendee at church, it took him much longer to accept Christ. The minister noticed Markus lurking at the back of church and came alongside him. They met up to discuss faith. It wasn’t long before Markus found in this church a depth of sincerity that he had never before experienced in his parent’s faith. Meaning poured back into his life. At the same time Markus was impressed by the many testimonies he heard being shared by Christians, who, despite facing great persecution, held on to their belief in God.
This really made an impact on Markus. And it was just at the right time. His family had heard about his new fellowship, they were very concerned that he came back to their church. So much so that they threatened to kick him out of their house if he didn’t abandon his evangelical church.
But Markus decided to trust the God he had heard so much about, and stayed at the mission church. Over the following few months, God worked in his heart and he soon accepted Christ.
His first mission focus, following his conversion, was his parents. He brought the minister back to meet them, and together they shared about a personal relationship with Jesus. His family were initially very wary of the minister. But as they heard more, and as they saw their sickness vanish in response to his prayers, they too decided to accept Christ.
Seeing great potential in Markus, his minister asked him to start a fellowship in a nearby village, Kudasthathu, which at the time didn’t have access to a church. But ministry was difficult. He and his fellowship experienced great persecution, which culminated in several very real threats to his life. He decided it would be safer to move on. However, this caused him great anguish. He slipped into depression and began to question his faith.
It was about that time that God brought to mind Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” These words gave him comfort, and he began to search for God’s will.
It wasn’t long before he was called to plant a new church amongst the Mundari tribe – a largely unreached people group. The Mundari are a forgotten and greatly despised group of people living in Jharkhand. They speak their own language and keep to themselves. They experience the same kind of isolation that the Gypsy community in the UK experience. Markus felt strongly called to minister to them.
Ministry was going well, but Markus felt a strong need to receive training for his ministry. He heard through a friend about the Global Action training in Ranchi and his heart leapt. He is now receiving training to be a rural church leader. He says that he praises God for this opportunity because he believes God is fulfilling all His promises. It confirms God’s calling on his life as a missionary and pastor.