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Dr. Samson Divakar: Ministering to India
With a heart for evangelizing, Dr. Samson Divakar founded Beacon Baptist Ministries to extend the reach of the gospel and have greater impact for Christ in India.
Currently the executive director, he is also the founding pastor of Beacon Baptist Church and founding president of Beacon Baptist Theological College & Seminary, all located in Bangalore, India.
He has been involved numerous areas of ministry - from leading Bible clubs and pastoring to serving as Dean of Academics.
Dr. Divakar received his Doctor of Ministry from Baptist Bible Seminary in May 2013. He shared the special day with his son Jesse (BBC 13), who received a bachelor's degree at the same Commencement.
I heard the gospel of Jesus Christ when I was a senior in university pursuing a bachelor's degree in commerce. It was on October 27, 1977 at 7:27 p.m. in Belgaum city from an evangelist with Operation Mobilization. I committed my life to the service of our Lord Jesus Christ on that day. I had a specific call to evangelize lost people and to preach and teach God's Word. I went to law school in 1978, but I gave up studying the law and got involved with Youth For Christ as a volunteer for two years before I went to a seminary in India in 1980.
Beacon Baptist Ministries is actively involved in sharing the gospel, planting churches, discipling, and training men and women for ministry. We have planted four house churches in a rural region of Belgaum district, India. We are in the process of establishing fifth church in Bangalore city.
Graduates of Beacon Baptist Theological College & Seminary are working for the Lord in 12 states in India, as well as Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Nepal. It is exciting to see Beacon's alumni involved in church plant ministries in the areas that are religiously, politically, socially, and economically challenging areas of Southeast Asia.
I am a church planter because it is the best way to evangelize any given area and establish a beacon of light to the people living in spiritual darkness. I teach in a Bible college and seminary to train men and women, which is the best way to disciple believers and to thoroughly equip them to serve the Lord through churches.
It is our desire to have Beacon graduates in all the 28 states of India and the rest of Southeast Asia. My heart goes out for reaching India, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Tibet, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. These are predominantly Hindu and Buddhist and make up one-fifth of the world's population. We want our graduates to go out as church planters to these countries.
The Doctor of Ministry program helped me work through the process of formulating a goal for to integrating academics and missions at our college and seminary. It gives me an edge in both academics and ministry and will allow me to facilitate the process of accreditation.
Coming to BBS was a great learning experience. The education provided intellect to the mind, passion to the heart, and ministry to the hands. It wasn't easy; it was challenging to meet the academic requirements. It deepened my understanding of the Word of God, fine-tuned my vision, and widened my mission focus.
The personal concern and care of the faculty members and the staff was something I experienced throughout my study at BBS. When I had kidney stone during one of my modules, Dr. Jim Lytle took me to emergency room to get me treated. Dr. David Mappes' concern and constant prayer for the ministry in India was a refreshing encouragement and is a testament of how faculty members are so passionate about their students' life and ministry.
I have already started teaching the courses I took at BBS at Beacon Baptist Theological College & Seminary. I am planning on casting wider mission vision for our students and graduates to go forth in fulfilling the Great Commission.
Learn more about the Doctor of Ministry program here.
Posted on: 6/13/2013 9:44:38 AM