Gospel for Asia
missionary Chandran Paranjoy recently spent more than two weeks in jail
after being accused of forcing people to convert to Christianity. The
Lord used him mightily during his time there. Now many inmates are
thirsty for God’s Word. To read Chandran’s story firsthand, please click here.
It is such a joy to hear how GFA missionaries on the field faithfully
follow Christ’s call on their lives. They are willing to serve Him
anywhere, even in a jail cell.
Yours for the unreached,
Founder & President
For 18 days in October 2007, God used Gospel for Asia missionary
Chandran Paranjoy to reach inmates in a jail in Chhattisgarh, India. On
October 5, Chandran and another believer, Sunil, were arrested while
Chandran conducted a prayer meeting. A group of anti-Christian
extremists had falsely accused him of forcibly converting people to
Following their release, Chandran shared with a GFA field
correspondent how they had the opportunity to share Christ’s love with
the other prisoners. Here is the story in his words.
I did have the chance to run away when the villagers came with the
police to arrest us, but I stayed because they had already caught
Sunil, and I thought the mob might harm him. So I just surrendered to
them so I could go with Sunil. I knew that whatever happened, God would
be with us.
A few days before I was arrested, I had a dream that I was put in
jail and was preaching God’s Word. Since that dream, I had been
preparing myself to be put in that situation. So I was not shocked when
they came to arrest us. But when I was brought to the jail, I was
surprised to see that 100 percent of the dream was happening just as I
had seen it.
When we got there, I was introduced to the people who had become
Christians in jail. I told them I was a missionary, and on Sunday I
preached and shared my testimony with them.
The second Sunday we were there, the number of people that gathered
increased to about 30; some of them were Christians and some of them
were not. I taught them about salvation and life in Jesus. Thankfully,
nobody stopped us from worshipping God in the jail. We even were able
to worship with drums and other musical instruments.
Some of the Christian brothers were imprisoned for several years
because they had committed murders and other crimes. However, they
helped Sunil and me a lot and loved talking with us about the Bible.
They were very kind to us, sharing their clothes and food with us.
They told us, “Don’t worry, you’ll only be with us a few days.”
However, I did think that if I had to stay a long time, it would be
nice in some ways because I would be able to thoroughly disciple them.
As I saw the condition of the inmates, I had a strong desire to teach
them more from the Word of God.
Because our court case was not very big, some of the prisoners were
surprised that we stayed as long as we did. They would ask me, “Why are
you still here in this prison?” But I wondered how the prisoners would
grow in Christ if we were released. I thought, “I should be here a
little longer so that I can encourage more brothers.”
I was able to be with 2,000 inmates for those two weeks. I had a
chance to preach to them and talk and pray with them. It was very
exciting. And the entire time we were there, nobody harmed us.
The inmates soaked up the messages from the Bible that I shared.
Before I was released from jail, the prisoners said, “Please come back
each week to preach and teach the Gospel to us. We will get permission
from the jail authorities.” So now, I am still able to go to the jail
For the first two days we were in jail, I was sad because I had to
leave my family and friends. But later, it was really neat because I
was able to do so much ministry. And I felt the Lord’s peace that I
would only be there as a guest, not long term.
My wife continually read the Bible while I was in jail, and the Lord
comforted her. Also, many believers, pastors and missionaries visited
her. Even our neighbors came and visited her. And she prayed a lot for
my release during that time.
Sunil was very strong. He trusted the Lord through our entire time
in jail. He was so excited that God helped him to share the Gospel even
in jail. He gained a lot of strength from the prayer meetings we held
Now, the villagers who helped falsely accuse us are ashamed. They
feel bad about the trouble they caused. While we were in prison, they
even sent rice to Sunil’s home, but his wife gave it back to them.
Please pray that the ministry in the prison will continue to
flourish. It is so encouraging to see how the Lord used our time there
to open doors for us to share the love of Christ. Also, pray for the
extremists, that their hearts will be softened and they will be open to
the Gospel through our witness. Another GFA missionary, Manja Tamang, has served seven years in a Nepali prison. Read how many inmates have come to know the Lord through Manja’s life. Read the original reports about Chandran’s arrest and time in prison. Learn more about Chhattisgarh, India, where Chandran serves.