Jesus said,'' I am the resurrection, and the life, he that believe in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live''. (John: 11:25) The Bethel Apostolic Assemblies was established in 2006 under the able guidance of Pastor Dr.T.Pradhan & Sis.Sukanti Pradhan with many hardships, prayers, kneeling & fasting before the Almighty Lord. The journey for ministering the Lord started some 15 odd years back when Pastor Pradhan while stationed at Chandigarh, Punjab with the Indian Air Force and running Sunday services in the quarter itself and serving God Part-timely with Air-force Employees got a call from God to leave his job and minister him in West Bengal. It so happened that Sis.Sukanti got a dream around midnight in which she was referring to someone with name’mednipore’ (a far off remote place which was hitting the news headlines for violent activities, cyclone and flood.) Giving thanks to the call of the God amidst all the prevailing circumstances there in Midnapore, Pastor Pradhan awaited God’s help to move out of his job and God did establish his calling through a vision to his Pastor friend. At once resigning from their job of aeronautical engineering and teaching respectively, Pastor and Sister along with their 2 children came to Kharagpur (nearest station to Midnapore) in the year 2001 and started to live in a rent house for 5 long years until the Lord provided financial help through his servants to complete a residence cum church building in Barbetia, Kharagpur.
By God’s grace Pastor Pradhan was used by God miraculously in far remote zones of Midnapore where the Tribal peoples witnessed the great healing of God in their lives. Several blind, deaf, dumb ,lame, demon possessed and those possessed with various deadly diseases like AIDS, cancer(especially in West Bengal) were healed. Slowly but gradually as the wheel of time moved on, God provided us with not only evangelists but also lands in the red zone (inhabited by the Maoists) to build prayer halls at Saranga(in Bankura District). We have recently purchased a land in the much developed area of Kalaikunda to minister among the air force employees and need prayers and support to construct a church there. The organization’s head office is in Barbetia, Kharagpur (some 3 km away from Kharagpur railway station.) where every Sunday the worship is led by Pastor Dr T Pradhan. Do pray so that God will prepare and send his servants in order to extend God’s ministry to other districts of the state where we need to counter black magic and various false new age gods. Waiting for God’s time to finish his work we have the patience, faith and hope in Christ to open orphanages and Bible Schools, colleges and hospitals and we want you to pray for its financial support. Currently open air healing crusades are organized in many places. It is a Pentecostal mission and strictly prohibits any act of unorthodox doctrines .In this Church each member is treated as a unique individual and the church nurtures him/her by its teaching and helps its members to grow into an evangelist. Please pray for our growth so that the fire of God may spread across the globe for the extension of Lord’s kingdom.
‘And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.'(Ezekiel 2:2)
You are left dumbstruck in awe when the mighty hand of the very crucified & resurrected Christ is commanding you! Thus is the power of Lord Jesus Christ signified in our life through his Holy Spirit. Way back in the early 1960s Pastor Pradhan was born into a poor peasant family in a poverty stricken land of Orissa. Miraculously Pastor Pradhan stood up among all odds in his life through the Holy Spirit (developing in his inner self day by day) whom being a Hindu he didn’t knew at that time. Such was the condition of Pastor’s family that their whole family used to share one bowl of cereal and few breads & even they had to think of the other day. It was really difficult for his father to support such a large family comprising of 4 sons & 2 daughters but still God cares & so he provided Pastor Pradhan with high school education, to meet his end he even used to plough the fields and carry the vegetables to the market. Not to mention he got his first pair of slippers during his college days only. Lord’s planning he went on to the join the Indian Air Force. And his selection among 30 from around 1000 applicants is the biggest @ a time when Orissa was submerged under flood waters. Chosen by Christ from a devil-blinded state of Orissa his quest for true God with the indigestible question, ‘Why the one who has created everything get birth on this earth with the help of a sinful father’? was his starting point .As Lord spoke to Prophet Ezekiel So did Sgt.Pradhan while returning from duty came across a Christian airman explaining the Biblical truth of Christ’s birth through virgin Mary to his colleagues,& meanwhile he heard a voice from heaven calling him to follow him. Wasting no time pastor pradhan met that believer & started going to Church & he soon took baptism .From that day to this very day the God has utilised Pastor Pradhan to evangelize his message across various Stations he was posted .He used to spread the gospel & in his job period though it was unlawful @ air force but Pastor used to gather air force employees and run cottage meeting .He even defied the law & used to have distributed 30000 gospel tracts across Poona, Madras & Chandigarh in his job days. He worked as an aeronautical engineer and while in air force completed his Graduation & post graduation in Personal Management.Besides Pastor Pradhan was honoured with doctorate degree (PhD) in ministry from INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHURCH MANAGEMENT, Tambaram, Madras, India. Now he is voluntarily retired from Indian air force and is currently the founder and president of BETHEL APOSTOLIC ASSEMBLIES IN WEST BENGAL.He is blessed with wife Sis.Sukanti & 2 children Rebecca aged 20 and Caleb aged 18 respectively. Sis.Sukanti is also a devout servant of Christ who received Christ in her death bed at the tender age of 18 when she was suffering from Chronic tuberculosis .Her disease compelled her to cease from appearing @ class 10th exam but later she went on to clinch first division. Her acceptance of Christ drew fierce opposition from her family and even she was neglected in comparison to others. The money & property named after her was snatched from her but still her strong faith in Lord enabled her to win her mother & sister in Christ. Surely Lord turns our life from ashes into his heavenly beauty. She used to serve first as a nurse then a teacher but she left alike her husband these jobs to meditate in ministering Christ. Lord has blessed her with weapons of visions, dreams essential for the extension of Lord Jesus Christ’s Kingdom. Pray for them so that they get utilized more & more in Christ equipped with gifts &fruits of Holy Spirit.ALSO MAY LORD BLESS BETHEL APOSTOLIC ASSEMBLIES HERE IN WEST BENGAL THROUGH THEM N MANY LIVES BE SAVED.Hallelujah, Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!
With Love n Regards from
Bethel Apostolic Assemblies ,West Bengal