are a couple from Bokaro, a city in northern India dominated by the
steel industry. They are national workers working in partnership with
the PAOC to run a self-financing, fully accredited school that provides
a strong Christian influence in the lives and homes of hundreds of Hindu
students. The school offers education to over 1700 students from pre-kindergarten
to Grade 12. The Motto of the School is "Building a better India
By Building better boys and girls"
other areas of ministry includes:
Church which is growing over the years and now has around 100 people
attending church every sunday. Also Sunday School is attended by over
200 children most of whom are Hindus. It is here that the listen to
the word of God and the seeds are sown in their hearts here. Also the
Church has a Ladies Prayer Group That meets on the 2nd & 4th saturday
in every month, this is attended by over 50 women who attend and pray
sincerely for their family and hear from the word of God.
Email Dhruv & Rita
DHRUV & RITA
Testimonies - Dhruv
At the age
of 18 I was disowned by my Hindu family when I accepted Christ through
reading a New Testament. I turned to the Lord after my mother died when
I was 16. My Hindu priest could not satisfy all the questions that I
was so desperately wanting answered. I had a longing in my heart to
know what happens after death. All by myself in my room, I invited Jesus
to come into my life. The Holy Spirit filled my heart and I was forever
changed. I left my home with the shirt on my back, never to look back.
The Lord revealed to me a scripture which was;
When my father and my mother forsake me then the Lord will take me up.
I was determined to be a dedicated witness for the Lord; I graduated
from the Southern Asia Bible Institute in Bangalore, even though my
father stopped supporting me after one year when I came to know Jesus.
When I was pastoring a Hindi congregation in Calcutta with the Assemblies
of God, I shared my burden with a PAOC representative to return to the
place of my birth and proclaim the gospel to the lost.
I met Rita, soon to be the amazing help mate that the Lord provided
to bring such joy into my life. She is truly a gift. I thank God for
her. On Sept. 1 1985, we sold all our belongings and moved our two young
sons to the growing Steel City of Bokaro in Bihar State. It was a very
trying time for my young family. We felt very lonely in a strange land.
We literally had nothing, we started from the beginning. We had no electricity
for 1 week; we slept on the hard floor, and just enough money to barely
manage. But we never looked back. We knew this was the Lord’s calling
on our lives. People told us that we were mad, that we were crazy and
that surely we would return to Calcutta. This gave us more determination
to persevere. The Overseas Missions Dept. had promised to support us
for three years, to rent a hall, to advertise and conduct services.
Eventually we would assume our own support. I had a vision to see many
of my Bihar brothers born again and become disciples. My vision is to
train evangelists to spread out to other centers with the life changing
Gospel and plant new churches. The Lord has put on my heart a burning
desire to pioneer a Bible College. We will be facilitating this on Campus
at the Pentecostal Assembly School until the Lord provides us with a
plot of land to build a Church and Bible College that will facilitate
dorms for the professors and speakers. By the grace of God and the support
of our beloved friends in Christ we will see this come to fruition.
I was born
of Christian parents in Lucknow, the Capital of Uttar Pradesh in India.
When I was
three I suffered a severe attack of nephritis and was rushed to the
hospital in critical condition. My mother went immediately to a TL Osborne
meeting and heard that many people were being healed. She arrived there
only to find a huge crowd and she knew there would not be enough time
to see him. She met an old woman who was returning after having been
prayed for. She testified that the Lord healed her and she had thrown
away the crutches she once used. This testimony increased and strengthened
my mother’s faith. She told the old woman about my serious condition.
She prayed. The doctors offered no hope and gave up. At midnight the
powerful hand of God touched my body and healed me completely! From
that day my mother committed me to the Lord as her first fruit.
1973 I completed my higher secondary course and went to College the
following September. I completed three years graduate and two years
post graduate by September 1978. Satan tried to defeat me trying to
bring fear and anxiety into my life. All my notes and texts were stolen
just prior to exam time, I cried out to the Lord with what little strength
I had left. He met me in that room, and by the Grace of God I topped
the graduation exam and was offered the National Scholarship Award from
the Ministry of Education in New Delhi. This scholarship allowed me
to complete successfully my post graduate course as well.
all odds and with absolutely no support and blessing from friends and
loved ones, I met my husband in December 1978, and we moved to Bokaro
as a response to the calling of God on our lives. Dhruv is from the
North and I am from the South, our cultures are extreme, however the
Lord joined us together to give glory and honor to His name! Psalm 121:1,
two sons, Samuel, 21 and Daniel, 25. They are both studying in Canada
and serving the Lord. They have both been a great support and blessing
in the ministry and have been a great example to other children in the
school and church.
together as a team in Bokaro Steel City. Dhruv is Director and I am
Principal of The Pentecostal Assembly School, where we minister and
teach 1800 students from pre kindergarten to grade 12. We have such
a passion to reach out to this community in many different ways, through:
3) bi- monthly
fellowship every Saturday
three day Christian growth camp outreach
6) A staff
Christmas celebration with a special lunch and singing
speaking at different functions
PENTECOSTAL ASSEMBLY SCHOOL
students who will aspire, strive and dare to be different and be active
creators of a better age for all. In this way each generation will truly
be “Students of a Better Age” and “Students with a Difference”
of P.A.S. is to provide an education that will meet the changes and
challenges of the 21st century. Thus to create a new learning environment
for a better society the school aims and desires to obtain the following
a high standard of education under Christian Leadership of “The Christian
Assembly of Bihar” for children of all communities, irrespective of
caste or religion, recognizing and maintaining that the guiding principle
of the government, character and the discipline of the school will be
based on Christian teaching.
disciplined children academically, socially, and morally.
study and retrieval studies.
a program to provide a balance of arts (both visual and performing arts
like music, dance and drama) and sport/physical education with the academic
thinking skills and process into content instruction.
values into their lives as a basic means to personal growth, spiritual
strength and self-enrichment so as to make them responsible and successful
citizens of India tomorrow.
there are co-curricular and extra curricular activities. The students
are given numerous opportunities to develop their leadership and team
building qualities through various school competitions, science exhibitions,
cultural programs etc...
is affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE),
New Delhi. The medium of instruction is English. Today, P.A.S. is a
prestigious establishment with a record of high academic standards.
of our School
P.A.S. is a co-educational institution established on April 4th 1989.
It is run by “The Christian Assembly of Bihar”, an organization registered
under the Society Registration Act. XX1 1860
began with 30 students and two teaching staff in 1989 at 189, Co-operative
Colony. Today it is our privilege to be able to function in a new complex,
which stands in 8 acres of land in Sector-X11, granted by the miraculous
hand of the Lord through the management of Bokaro Steel Plant. Presently
we have classes from nursery to X11 with a population of 1,800 students
and a team of 150 staff.
we love and honor, our dear, dear school.
we love and honor, with all our sincere heart
And pledge that for His glory, we will all do our part
It stands erect like a lighthouse, spreading the light of day
It helps the lost to find their goal and guides them all the way.
hands together we march in one accord
Together we are walking believing in the Lord
And as we move along, our love and joy we share
A school that’s moving forward, a school that dares to care.
We are loyal to this school ‘cause in our hearts we know
In the shadow of its wings, it taught us how to grow
It taught a lot of things in which we all are proud
So we are very different and stand out in the crowd.
we will be, we never will forget
It gave us knowledge so we could brighten our prospect
We pray to God this school, should win the victory
To us it’s not a school, it is our family!
Written by: Samuel Prasad