My Daily Strength

Rev. Dr. J. Samuel Sudhakar

"Here am I...speak, LORD, for thy servant heareth....send me (I Samuel 3:4,10; Isaiah 6:8) called out a distressed and overwhelmed soul in the calm stillness of the night. The defining moment in an individual's life was now, at hand, the time when he would give up everything, his hopes, dreams, worldly and materialistic distractions to serve the LORD.

Rev Dr. Samuel Sudhakar was summoned by God to serve him on 2 April 1982 at a worship meeting held by Dr John Joseph (founder Christ for Every Soul Ministries). Then a young boy, who had just completed his final exams for his graduation, he was transformed irrevocably. As Rev. Dr John Joseph disclosed his past, present and future to him, Samuel Sudhakarmetamorphosised into an individual who completely and willingly submitted his life to God in meek surrender.

The words from the LORD that struck a chord deep in Samuel Sudhakar's heart and irreversibly changed his life was from Revelation 2:4, "Nevertheless have somewhat against thee, because thou has left thy first love." Falling on his bended knees he prayed "The cross before me and the world behind me. Let thy perfect will be done in my life. Thy will is my pleasure LORD." Describing one of the most vital and crucial moments of his call, he says, "God's love penetrated deep inside my heart and I had no option except to submit humbly at his feet. Amazing grace, how sweet a sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see." Continuing about his transformation he further adds, "If at all I am alive now, preaching the word of God and standing before you, it is only because of God's grace. The life that I live now does not belong to me but to Jesus Christ the Savior who saved me from the miry clay of sin and from the clutches of Satan." The LORD Jesus Christ is undoubtedly the core that lies at the centre of Samuel Sudhakar's life and being.

Born into a middle class family on 9th may 1960, Samuel Sudhakar led a very eventful and happy childhood. When one looks back it appears as though Christ had marked him out as unique and special. Two instances of God's grace and protection stand out. The first was when the little Samuel and his sister were suffering from dengue fever. The two year old Samuel was mercifully saved from death but his young sister succumbed. In Standard one when he lost his way home, an angel of the LORD took the form of an unknown person and escorted the little boy home and restored him to his grieving parents.

He became a Sunday school teacher and also a youth leader in his church at Triplicane, Chennai, South India. He won many laurels for his church when he participated in Bible quizzes and singing competitions. In 1979, as a student in the first year at the prestigious Madras Christian College, Tambaram, he became one of the leaders of a newly founded prayer cell. This prayer group met regularly all the three years of his undergraduate life at college. However, soon after he graduated from Madras Christian College, he knew that he had been chosen by God for a special Purpose - to assist Rev. Dr. John Joseph in undertaking ministry work.

His parents gladly gave their son to the LORD; just as in the Old Testament Hannah had offered her son Samuel to serve in the temple of God. Samuel Sudhakar left his parents and his home with only a set of clothes to follow his mentor and guide, Rev. Dr. John Joseph who had started a new ministry named "Christ For Every Soul", inspired by the verse "Behold, all souls are mine" (Ezekiel 18:4). "Christ For Every Soul" is a faith ministry depending solely on God for its existence.

This vocation meant that he would no longer live like other young men, enjoying the company of friends and family. God's call to him meant that he had to give up everything for the LORD. In an early sermon Samuel Sudhakar said, "My very close friend who was everything to me became nothing when God's call came and His anointing engulfed me." As one follows the trajectory of his life thereafter, it becomes evident that he stands as a towering witness for the awesome power, love, grace and mercy of the LORD.

The first convention of the ministry was held on 2 July 1982 at the Nurses Association Hall in Chennai, South India. The young Samuel and his loving annan, Rev. Dr. John Joseph, fasted for three days in preparation for this great task of saving souls. Their spiritual research and preliminary preparation ensured the success of the convention. More conventions were organized and Rev. Dr. John Joseph and Samuel Sudhakar worked concurrently in a spirit-filled ministry for a long period of time.

During the period 1982 to 2007, Rev. Dr. John Joseph trained Samuel Sudhakar in the conduction and operation of several spheres of the ministry. He held the finance portfolio of the ministry. He also assisted Dr. John Joseph in editing the ministry's monthly magazine, "The Voice of Restoration." Apart from this, Samuel Sudhakar worked as a secretary to Rev. Dr. John Joseph, keeping track of the preaching schedule, personal appointments and correspondence. From 1988, Dr. John Joseph gave his young assistant the responsibility of conducting the prayer meetings that were held every Friday and when Rev. Dr. John Joseph travelled abroad for other meetings, the regular Tuesday meetings were to be led by Samuel Sudhakar.

Alas! Rev. Dr John Joseph was suddenly and abruptly called away to be with his LORD the 18th of July 2007. The candle which was burning so very brightly had been brutally snuffed out. But providence was on the side of the ministry and since Dr. John Joseph had earlier dedicated Samuel Sudhakar as a full time minister of God in 1982, the mantle of Elijah fell on the able and strong shoulders of Samuel Sudhakar.

The mood was somber and all still grieving the very real loss of dear Rev. Dr. John Joseph but God was completing the sketch he had started several years ago. By design, a month after Rev. Dr. John Joseph went to be with the LORD, the Rt. Rev. Dr. John George came down from USA and ordained Samuel Sudhakar as Reverend.

Today Rev. Dr. Samuel Sudhakar excels in ministry work. He holds doctorates in Evangelism, Divinity and Ministry. By God's immense grace and mercy he finished his M.B.A. degree in Human Resources with a high first class on May 2010. He has dedicated all these degrees at the feet of God and says in the words of Paul the Apostle, ".. and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my LORD ... and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith..." Phil 3:8-9. Dr. John Joseph had left behind a rich legacy and Rev. Dr.SamuelSudhakar was indeed a worthy inheritor. He possessed the anointing grace and power of the Holy Spirit, the gift of preaching the Word of God with fervent zeal and the prophetic vision of Rev. Dr. John Joseph, his mentor, right from the very start. The prophecies made by Dr. Samuel Sudhakar on the first of January 2008 and the revelations that the LORD revealed through him were fulfilled by the end of the year.

extensive spiritual training and the rich experience gained under the guidance and leadership of Rev. Dr. John Joseph have enabled Dr. Samuel Sudhakar to adopt various aspects of ministry work especially the literature ministry. In the year 2007, beginning of October, as led by the Spirit of God he published a daily devotional reading "My Daily Strength" published both in English and in the regional language, Tamil which was intended to publish every month. But as the Word of God says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts.." Isa 55:8, the LORD led him to release an Annual Edition for the year 2008. And the blessing of God continues and shall continue as it is HIS will. The publication for the year 2012 will be the fifth in a series of consecutive publishing and it will be published in five languages (English, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam). Apart from being a trustee of "Christ For Every Soul", he is the Chaplain of the centuries old Christ Church which is a landmark in the city of Chennai. He is also the Hon. Correspondent of the Christ Church Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School. He is on the Board of Directors of the Madras Y.M.C.A. and is a Chairman of many activities of Y.M.C.A. His expertise has been a blessing to many not only in the state of Tamil Nadu but also in other parts of the world. Dr. Samuel Sudhakar has travelled widely to different parts of the United States of America, Malaysia, Australia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

The prophetic utterance of Rev. Dr. John Joseph that the "Christ For Every Soul" ministry would take "a new turn" has been fulfilled. It has been realized in the fruitful apostolic and prophetic ministry of Dr. Samuel Sudhakar that has been blessed abundantly by God. Through God's grace, new ministries like the Friday Bible Study and healing services, the monthly Fasting Prayers and the monthly Night Prayers have brought the message of salvation to countless people, Rev. Dr. Samuel Sudhakar has revived the spiritual T.V. programs in several channels, bringing hope and solace to millions.

Rev. Dr. Samuel Sudhakar wishes to fulfill the mission of his annan, Dr. John Joseph. He hopes to start a prayer center for people who feel burdened and desperate, a center where many people will find relief and healing. He also plans to train children from the age of ten to be soldiers for Jesus Christ. Another dream he has shared is his desire to establish a home for servants of God when they are old and feeble and have no one to care for them. He wishes to use the latest technology to spread the Word of God and save souls for Christ. His deep faith in the LORD's power to transform human weakness and suffering into victory empowers him to work towards these several goals. He is confident that "God will take care of everything."

One of his favourite prayers, mentioned in many of his messages, reveals his steadiness of purpose in the service of his LORD and Saviour: "Let nothing of this world, the lust of money or the pride of this world conquer me but I should only do God's perfect will always." Quoting from Acts 20:24, Dr. Samuel Sudhakar reaffirms his commitment to his Master as long as he lives: "But none of those things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the LORD Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God."