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THE CST RAILWAY ANNOUNCER n EZEKIEL’s Message – Duke Jeyaraj

 

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November 26, 2008. The events of that blood-curdling day still remain green in our memory. It was that day when Kasab and co entered the CST Railway Station in Mumbai and went on a shooting spree. They could have killed a lot more people than they actually did. But they didn’t. One of the reasons was this man: Vishnu Dattaram Zende, the announcer who was behind the mike, sitting on an elevation looking over the railway stations’ concourse spread out below his glass window when the terrorist duo started the firing indescriminately. Here is how he did it: He responded to the sound of an explosion and firing from the direction of CST’s long-distance platforms with a flurry of announcements that have left a grateful metropolis amazed at his presence of mind and courage. First Zende directed the railway gaurds to rush towards the long-distance area. Then, repeatedly, in Hindi and Marathi, he told alighting crowds to head to the back of the concourse and leave from a back exit. “All I could think of,” he explains, “is somehow stop them from going towards the explosion and the bullets’.” Having done his job, Zende sank to the floor, below his glass window, hearing a shot shatter glass periliously close to the announcer’s booth. and finally saw the terrorists leave a virtually empty concourse (Outlook, 15 December 2008).

 

When I read this story, I whispered a “sorry” to the Lord. You may wonder why. Let me explain: Zende warned the platform dwellers of CST Railway Station about the dangers they were facing from the 26/11 terrorists. But do we warn our fellow travellers in the journey called life about the real danger of them going to hell. That’s where they will go, Without a knowledge of Jesus, they are doomed,for He alone is the way to Heaven (Acts 4:12). You too are also called to be an “announcer” – the announcer of the Good News of Jesus. You too are also called to be an “announcer” of the sins of the people. That is what Ezekiel 33:8 teaches: If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. I told the Lord “sorry” because, there were times when I have failed to obey His gentle nudge inside of me to share the Gospel to that Hell-heading soul, Jesus told us, “What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetop….” (Math 10:27). In other words, the Gospel message is so important that it should be shouted out loud so that our in-danger-of-going-to-hell hearers would take heed. If a house is on fire, would you not run up to the terrace of that house and scream out for help? In the same way, unbelievers need to hear your announcement of the Goodnews, loud and clear. That would be one practical way we save others by snatching them out of the road to eternal fire (Jude 23).

 

(Duke Jeyaraj, the author of this piece, is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is a reader supported Indian ministry. Find out more at http://www.dukev.org. WhatsApp him via +91-8886040605).

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Duke Jeyaraj was born to missionary parents in Vellore, South India and was saved at the age of 11 and committed for ministry and received the Holy Spirit Baptism at the age of 13. God opened the door for him to preach first as a school boy at the age of 16. He is a trained Agricultural Engineer [B. Tech from SHIATS, Allahabad, India], who did not pursue a career in the line of his education but nevertheless enjoys growing cacti in the balcony of his rented Chennai flat, during his spare time! He could have been a sports commentator but prefers to wrap Bible Truth around sports magic moments and other interesting-to-Google Genners contemporary events. God’s call upon him made him utterly restless and he obeyed that call to by founding the Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (G4 Mission) in 2006 to finally find serenity after having served as a International Bank Customer Service Executive/Youth Pastor/Bible College Teacher/Missionary/Youth Mag Editor. G4 Mission is not a church but an inter-denominational ministry to present-day people, a ministry which Duke works full time for, as an itinerant presenter/preacher/writer-at-residence since 2008 along with his wife, putting to use the formal theological training he received from Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore-India [M. Div - a Gold Medal performance in 2001 & Doctor of Ministry - with project on Making Disciples of Modern Young Working Professionals Among India's Google Generation, World-wide]. Several Christian publications have carried Duke's articles over the years and at present Aim Magazine (the voice of  the Evangelical Fellowship of India an umbrella body of over 65,000 Indian churches/organisations), regularly carries Duke's writings. Duke's Bible-teaching book on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn and more called, Straight Talk, is presently available on Amazon and Google Books.  Duke has preached by invitation beyond his national borders (we are talking about nations such as Bangladesh, Singapore, Germany, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates). Duke is called a 'Reverend' by a leading denomination (even as his ministry remains indepedent and inter-church).  Duke is called ‘dad’ by Dale (now a St. Stephen's Delhi student) and Datasha (now in Class 9) and ‘hubby’ by Evangelin (the daughter of a missionary couple to Odisha who is a hospital admin grad currently studying M. A. in Biblical Studies with SAIACS Bangalore) and calls Chennai, India, his current home after living in Hyderabad till June 2021. In case your curiosity is triggered by hearing all this, you may checkout www.dukewords.com [if you are the reading plain text type], www.soundcloud.com/shoutaloud [if you are part of the audio-listening tribe] and www.youtube.com/visitduke [if you group yourself with the video-steaming generation])

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