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Andrew Rodrigues

I brushed with spirituality when I was a young lad. I often took part in church services seriously, as we hailed from a pious RC family. My parents were devout, and at home, I used to lead the family prayer-time daily.

I was born in Goa and was bred in Mumbai, India where I studied and was a college dropout in my final year of Bachelor of Commerce. My first job as a stenographer came to me automatically as my late father worked for a leading publishing house in Mumbai. He passed away while he was in service and I fortunately inherited the job-quota given to employees' children! This secured my career and I was reluctant to study further (a fact which I regret even now!). Being the youngest amongst four siblings, and older ones settled in their vocation, I had an advantage finding a job in this company. I had a penchant for writing which came through my father who was a news-proofreader. I was exposed to the editorial department and soon I got opportunities to write for periodical magazines and local dailies. I had spent three decades of my life in Mumbai.

Having got married in 1993, I later left the shores of India with my beautiful wife and daughter to work in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where I spent the next two decades there, which was a home-away-from-home! I enjoyed writing letters to the editor and columns for a local daily, and was soon commissioned to write major interview articles for Gulf dailies and magazine. I even edited and proof-read two of my past employers' in-house newsletters. The fame I got was not satisfying, as it didn't give God the glory He deserved! Later, I switched on to writing spiritual articles.

The Holy Spirit revealed to me the biblical truth in 1998 when I was unwell that Jesus is the only "way and the truth and the life..." (John 14: 6), but it took me another eight years to convince myself and live the "truth"! God blessed us with another daughter in 2002 in Bahrain.

In 2006, my family and I had joined a Bible-centred church and and got water-baptised in 2008 and became a follower of Christ ever since. It was not an easy journey though, as it had its own challenges in following Jesus Christ. To know more about God, I went on to complete a series of Bible study on the "Life & Letters of Paul", "Jeremiah - The Prophet of Hope", "Pentateuch" and "The Life of Christ". I am not an erudite of the Bible though but yet learning. What I have already learnt, I wish to impart my knowledge via this medium (blog), as we are commanded by Jesus Himself through Mark 16: 15-16 "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." When I read it, I felt Jesus was making this statement to me personally and I needed to act!

I returned back to India with my family in 2018. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and with no job, I thought I must begin by hammering this blog!

Hope you enjoy reading my blog and be blessed.

Andrew Rodrigues