By Mark Ellis and Michelle Rice
Although his parents were zealous missionaries, working in many villages on the outskirts of Bangalore, he wanted nothing to do with God. He saw Christian work as a weak and undesirable path for one’s life.
“I will never be in ministry,” Satish Kumar declared. His early years led him away from God in pursuit of worldly accomplishment. He found success working with a software company that did business inJapanand theUnited States.
Without a wife or familial obligations, Kumar could define life as he saw fit. While he traveled and worked throughout the world, he lived the lifestyle of a seemingly endless party. However, his dreams of prosperity became his undoing. “I was addicted to success,” he admits. “I used drugs and alcohol and hurt a lot of people.”
After a night of heavy socializing on the outskirts ofBangalore– going from one party to the next – Kumar and his friends followed the sounds of music toward what he presumed to be another party.
Instead, Kumar found himself sitting in front of an all-night prayer meeting organized by his parents! “I don’t understand why I didn’t leave as soon as I saw my dad,” he says.
His father read from 1 Corinthians 3: “Do you not know that you are atempleofGod, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys thetempleofGod, God will destroy him, for thetempleofGodis holy, and that is what you are.”
As he listened, Kumar realized he was still high on drugs and alcohol.