A young man depressed and unable to bear the anguish of poverty, sickness, unemployment, and failures in life, in an attempt to put an end to all his miseries, he walked towards the railway track to commit suicide. On the way, he met his uncle who shared about love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ for him. Those words served as a balm to his bruised heart. His uncle told him to go home and commit his ways to the Lord. He prayed and committed his life to the saviour, and returned home with newfound hope on February 11, 1955. The joy of salvation filled his heart. This young man was none other than late Dr. D.G.S Dhinakaran.
After this incident, he started seeking Christ fervently, reading the scriptures, and waiting in the presence of God for many hours. He did this diligently for seven long years - pleading, "Lord! Hear my prayer and grant me your power! I don't want to live a dried-up Christian life anymore!" He wanted to have communion with God like the saints in the Bible had. On October 10, 1962, during a time of prayer with his family, a divine presence filled the room. He, indeed, saw Jesus Christ face to face, and he heard Him say, "I am Jesus. I have come to bless you". The Lord filled him with His Holy Spirit. He said, "Son, this world has only heard about my love and compassion. However, it has not seen it in a person's life. Today, I am filling you with the same spirit of compassion that I had when I was in this world two thousand years ago. Every time you are moved with this compassion, whatever you ask for my people, it shall be granted."
Dr. D.G.S. Dhinakaran was working in a bank, had a family, and also served people by praying for their needs and sharing the love of God. Though he started his mission on the streets for the broken-hearted and the needy, as more and more people began to throng to listen to him, he was taken to speak on public platforms to thousands. His mission to people was then named Jesus Calls.
His life was not a bed of roses. During his marriage, his wife miscarried, followed by the delivery of a stillborn child. Criticisms followed to break the spirit of Dhinakaran and his wife. Loneliness and forsakenness gripped them. It was followed by great financial troubles and sickness gripped his body. His lungs failed; his eyes were affected; vertigo; his kidneys failed; his heart stopped for an hour and a half; his legs failed. His wife, himself and his 17 year old daughter, Angel, while going to the airport, traveling to preach the gospel, met with an accident in the road and his beloved daughter angel died instantaneously, falling right into his lap. Again, a barrage of criticism followed. The pressure of serving the bank and serving the people through the ministry carrying the whole financial load; the attacks from the evenly ones in the world wielding authority in the government, society, in spiritual circles terrorizing him to stop his mission. The personal challenges to keep up his spirit and his family in the midst of all these oppressions. But through these circumstances, he would have divine visitations from the Lord telling him that only when he went (had gone?)through these sufferings and sorrowful experiences, would he be able to receive the people who suffer with those problems with great compassion and pray with zeal to the Lord claiming the victories Jesus had won through the cross for them through His own suffering on the cross.
Dr. D.G.S. Dhinakaran would weep whenever he preached, talking about the sufferings of people, as well as, the sufferings of Christ on the cross for them, which brought healing to millions of broken-hearted people, all through his mission of 53 years. Dhinakaran’s sermons and prayers reached the people through radio programs which he pioneered in India in 3 regional languages. Followed by television programs across the nation since 1985. He filmed his public Prayer Festivals in the 70s in 16mm and 35mm. He was gifted with an anointed voice to sing. His songs in different languages touched the hearts of millions and to find hope through the love of Christ, to this day. His popular books include The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit, Love So Amazing and An Insight Into Heaven. He was gifted supernaturally by God to have heavenly visitations and to know God’s will for people who write to him for important decisions in their life.
In 1986, he established a fully accredited engineering college in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, which now has 8,000 students from across India and some parts of the world, which has now grown to become Karunya (deemed) University. It was established in an area of 700 acres offering programs in agriculture, engineering and technology, media, management, arts, sciences and humanities.
This man of God, who obeyed the Lord and stood faithful in all the missions and plans given to him by God entered glory on February 20th, 2008. Nearly a million people came to pay homage and thank God for the man who stood in the gap to intercede for them.