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Ghukato Yeptho, 16, sitting in the church at Nagaland Seventh-day Adventist School in northeast India. (Andrew McChesney / Adventist Mission)

"I Want to Be an Evangelist"

Ghukato uses every opportunity to tell his non-Adventist classmates about his hope in Jesus’ Second Coming.

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Sixteen-year-old Ghukato [pronounced: goo-KAH-toh], a student in northeast India, wants to become an evangelist one day.

But he isn’t waiting to finish school to share Jesus’ love with others. Ghukato uses every opportunity to tell his non-Adventist classmates about his hope in Jesus’ Second Coming. He offers to study the Bible with them if they’re interested.

Ghukato says he hasn’t been able to stop talking about Jesus since he was baptized when he was 13.

“I want to become an evangelist,” he says with an eager smile.

The Young Lighthouse

Ghukato’s parents joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church after attending evangelistic meetings when Ghukato was 9.

Both he and his brother, who is two years younger, study at Nagaland Adventist School, a K-12 day school in a remote corner of northeastern India.

The school has 204 students, many of whom come from Christian families who are not Adventist.

Ghukato likes the spiritual activities on campus. He especially likes the first class every morning when students sing, pray, and read the Bible together.

Ghukato’s teachers are impressed when they see the boy helping other students with their homework and sharing his faith with them whenever the opportunity arises.

One teacher said, “He not only attends the church services regularly, but he also invites his non-Adventist friends to attend the church services with him, and many do.”

Ghukato has found that it isn’t always easy to share his faith. The parents of some of his classmates don’t want their children attending the campus church on Saturday. But Ghukato keeps inviting them to church anyway.

Despite the rejections he sometimes receives, Ghukato keeps the invitation open by saying: “It’s OK. But if you can come sometimes, please come.”

The open invitation has brought several friends to church, including one who asked to be baptized.

Ghukato said, “I gave him Bible studies, but his parents refused to let him be baptized.”

Another friend got into trouble for visiting the church. When his parents found out, they refused to allow him to go again.

Helping Others

Refusals don’t discourage Ghukato. He just finds others with whom he can be friends, sometimes away from the school campus.

At a local supermarket, he befriended a worker named Albert.

He and Albert have talked about Adventists and the Sabbath. Albert has said he is too busy for church, but he happily accepts the Adventist World magazine and other religious literature that Ghukato offers him.

Ghukato’s love for God started at home, and Ghukato continues to make home a priority.

When his mother became ill and was unable to clean the church on the school’s campus, he urged her to stay in bed until she was well.

When she again tried to get up and go to the church to clean, Ghukato hid the church key until he was able to go in her place.

He quietly cleaned the church for her until she was able to do it again.

Helping His School Expand

Asked about the school’s greatest need, Ghukato immediately declared that students need their own dormitories, and that’s true.

At this point the school is a day school. But if it had dormitories, many more students could come to study there. The Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will help the school build a dormitory for girls. But the school plans to raise enough money to build a boys’ dormitory as well.

Ghukato says both dormitories are important because many children who would like to study at the school cannot make the daily commute.

Ghukato said he wants nothing more than to be ready and waiting when Jesus comes. His favorite Bible verse is Matthew 24:42, where Jesus says, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”

Please remember the Nagaland Seventh-day Adventist School in your prayers and give generously to the Thirteenth Sabbath Offering.

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