Thursday, January 13, 2011

JUST WHO IS DUKE JEYARAJ?

JUST WHO IS DUKE JEYARAJ?
The answer in one paragraph

Duke Jeyaraj, born to missionary parents from South India, was saved at the age of 11. He committed for full-time ministry at the age of 13 in a Camp. Since the age of 16 he has been preaching. During his Agricultural Engineering Course (B. Tech.) in the Allahabad Agricultural Deemed University he actively witnessed for Christ by leading Bible Studies in the college hostel and going for tract distribution in the city with like-minded friends. After completing this course, Duke worked in Chennai briefly. During this time, Duke (who was 23 years at that time) was invited to speak to a group of Sri Lankan Tamil Youth by their pastor who read one of Duke's articles published in a leading Christian magazine. Since then, God has opened the doors for Duke to speak in various settings across different Church Denominations in over 16 Indian States. Church of South India, Church of North India, Society for Propagation of the Gospel, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Assemblies of God, Mennonite Bretheren, Bakth Singh Assembly and other independent, non-denominational Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal churches, etc - these are some of the church denominations that have had Duke speak in their meetings. Duke also gets invited across organisational barriers. He has spoken in events organised by organisations such as Friends Missionary Prayer Band, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Jesus Calls, Youth For Christ, Inter Collegiate Prayer Fellowship, Indian Evangelical Mission, Indian Evangelical Team, Compassion International, Evangelical Medical Fellowship India, Operation Mobilisation, India Missions Association, Metropolitan Mission, etc. The wide acclaim and acceptance in Christendom is seen in the fact that Dr. Sam Kamaleson, the founder of Friends Missionary Prayer Band and former vice-president for World Vision International, has written the foreword for Duke's first book. Duke has also served as an English Translator at one time for Bro. Mohan C. Lazarus' God TV program. Duke's writing ministry is also inter-organisational. Light of Life, a leading Christian magazine that goes to about 20,000 folk across the world, publishes Duke's Bible-light-shining articles on current topics regularly. "The Sowing Circle" (The Bible Society of India's magazine), "The Sower" (Methodist Church's magazine), "Insight" (Assemblies of God's Bible College Annual Magazine), "AIM" (Evangelical Fellowship of India's magazine), "Blessing" (Blessing Youth Mission's magazine), "Kerith" (the youth magazine of Friends Missionary Prayer Band) and the printed voice of the Indian Evangelical Team - all have carried Duke's articles at various times. At various times, Indian newspapers/news-magazines such as Outlook, India Today, The Week, The Sunday Indian, The Sportstar, Frontline, The Hindu, Deccan Chronicle, etc have carried Duke's hard-hitting comments on sports events and contemporary events. It has been Duke's privilege to speak to college students right in their campus on hot youth issues from the Bible, over the years. Duke has addressed students in Madras Christian College-Chennai, Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, National Institute of Technology (REC)-Trichy, Pondicherry Central University, Kurnool Medical College, Lady Doak College, Madurai, Bishop Heber, Trichy, etc, at various times on timely topics.
Duke has even preached to the students of St. Aloysius College, a Roman Catholic Secular College in Jabalpur at one time. Duke also has spoken in some schools to teens on subjects like relationships with parents, elders and the opposite gender, on writing exams well, on wise career choice, etc. Duke has the honor of speaking to Corporate Company Employees right inside their office campuses. He had done that in Mindspace IT Park and in CyberGateway IT Park in Hyderabad. He was featured as a speaker in a National-level God@Work Corporate Company Employees Conference in Bangalore. Duke has briefly worked in Corporate Companies (including the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) group). While he worked there, he conducted brief break-time fellowship meetings right inside the office premises. Duke, at various times in his life, has served as a youth pastor, Bible College Teacher, Writer, Editor, Counselor, Travelling Missionary Revival Preacher, etc. Every time and where ever Duke speaks, he constantly seeks to call the audience to repent from their sin and trust in Jesus who is the only way, by presenting Bible Truth wrapped around contemporary events the Jesus Luke 13:1-5 way. And the results have been very very encouraging. Hundreds have to Christ following his messages. Duke also expounds the Word of God in a practical way so that at the end of these messages the audiences are challenged for holy living, witnessing and ministry involvement through the local church and para-church organisations. Some young people have joined fulltime ministry having committed their lives for the same after one of Duke's messages. Duke in 20 years of itinerant preaching has always adhered to pulpit ethics - he has never used the pulpit of a church or a ministry to shoot down its own doctrines and beliefs. Instead, he has always sought to build up, encourage, challenge, motivate the audience and make them more effective and more energetic in their own local churches or other ministries they are already involved in. Duke has addressed crowds over one thousand on different occasions. While he has done this, he also keeps addressing small groups of people as well. Duke lives in Hyderabad with his wife, Evan, who is also an itinerant speaker. They have two little children - Dale and Datasha. Duke has the following theological degrees: Masters in Divinity (Gold Medal) and Master of Arts in Christianity. He is working on doctorate in ministry (D. Min.) in Southern Asia Bible College, Bangalore. Duke, in Feb 2006, started G4 Mission - an inter-denominational, inter-organisational organisation that aims to grab the Google Generation (modern youth) going to Gehenna (Hell) using creative ways. This Mission is run by free will offerings of Indians who believe in its vision. Duke and his wife are now full-time staff of this ministry. The day-to-day operations of this ministry are practically executed by volunteers who are in different places and in different jobs. G4 Mission is governed by an independent Government-registered Trust which includes non-relatives of Duke in it. The accounts of this Trust are submitted to the Government of India annually. Duke publishes a magazine called, "The Days Of Your Youth", once in two months. This magazine wraps Bible Truth around contemporary events. In November 2010, Duke released a book titled, "No Beating About The Bush Straight Talk On Hushed Up Matters: Contemporary-event wrapped essays on what the Bible has to say about sex, love and marriage, plus more!" after many years of distributing his books in the photocopy spiral bound format. The testimonies of those who have been immensely blessed by Duke's writing ministry come from across the globe from different countries. Duke believes he is called to be one of the donkeys invited to carry Jesus to the modern generation - a generation he calls 'Facebook Folk', 'Hotmail Herd', 'Yahoo Youth', 'Google Generation', etc.
You can meet Duke online at various websites:

www.TheDaysOfYourYouth.com
www.FaceBook.com/DukeJeyaraj
www.youtube.com/ Search under 'Duke Jeyaraj'
www.G-4Mission.blogspot.com
www.purposespot.blogspot.com
www.intimateyouthissues.blogspot.com

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The Logical Indian Christian said...

GOD bless your ministry brother Duke. Glad to know your ministry. Would like to meet you in sometime.

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