Conversations: Meet Staff Member Blessy Paul
Staff Member in Mangalore, India
In addition to campus ministry, Blessy Paul has written 2 books in the Malayalam language, including one based on the life of David. She has a Master's in Biblical Studies. She works alongside her husband, Siby. They have 2 sons, Joshua and Jonathan.
Why did you join Campus Crusade for Christ?
One day I went to the house of a friend and explained the gospel to her. She said, "Blessy, if you had not come here today to share this, I would have committed suicide." This incident changed my life; I understood the transforming power of the gospel. I decided to serve the Lord full-time with India Campus Crusade for Christ.
To improve ministry, have you changed something in the last year?
I just finished my master's degree in Biblical studies the previous year, so I wanted to apply my new insights as fast as possible. But it was a time of persecution for the ministry. I had to slow down, keep seeking His face and renew my commitment. God's schedule was different. I learned to be more flexible to the divine direction.
What is a favorite ministry moment?
The first time I went to a campus, I was very apprehensive since I was not confident in English. That day I met a group of 4 students. To my amazement, as I read through the Four Spiritual Laws, all of them prayed and received Christ through their tears. That day I understood that it is His business to attract people to Himself. I am a mere instrument in His hands.
Describe a moment when you trusted God for something bigger than yourself.
In 2005, we sold most of our things to go to the International School of Theology-Asia. But we had to wait for our visa, so we continued ministry for a year in a house without any furniture. Then the embassy literally burned after they filed our visa application. In the midst of that bare minimum existence, I managed to write a book in Malayalam [one of the Indian languages], even without a real table to write on. Then one night, I was praying for money to publish the book and was reminded of Isaiah 55:8, that His ways are higher than my ways. Just 3 hours later, a long-time friend called and said he wanted to send money to publish the book. Within 24 hours we got the money.
Do you have a favorite quote?
"Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God." -- William Carey