(TESTIMONIES ABOUT DUKE JEYARAJ AND HIS WIFE, EVAN, BY VARIOUS PEOPLE THRO' EMAILS / SMSs / ORKUT SCRAPS / thro DIRECT TALK Etc)
"There are four qualities that go to make the promise in any young aspiring Christian leader come true. First, the 'roots embedded and drawn from good family' II Tim 1: 5. Second, 'the good friends given by God who have shaped, challenged and imparted the Truth' with clarity II Tim 1: 8,9. Third, is the 'Gift and gifts that God alone gives' II Tim 1: 6 and the responsibility of disciplined facilitation of these recognized God given gifts. Fourth, there is the ongoing development of these gifts from God by right care, personal discipline, accountability to God and the Body of Believers and continuing use of the gifts in Servant Leadership II Tim 1: 6. J. B. Philips in his translation, terms it as 'stir up the inner fire'!
Duke comes from 'good stock' - His family gave him a great start. Duke has acknowledged his debt to those who have 'invested in His life' - friends and other models of Christian discipleship. Duke understands intimately the dependence on the Holy Spirit to gift and energize effective Christian discipleship. Duke evidences the commitment to ongoing disciples that help develop and use the gifts of God by being a 'servant to humanity at large and the Body of Jesus Christ in particular.' May the Lord who has called fulfil His purposes and calling in Duke!" _______________________________________________________________________
Duke, this is exactly what I pray and desire for you! You are a masterpiece in making!
The Lord bless you always!
- Dr. Samuel Kamaleson, Founder FMPB, World Renowned Preacher thro two emails to Duke.
Dear Mr. Duke,
I count you as one of the key emerging leader in the 21st century, that's why I am encouraging you. Keep it up, the Lord has got a greater plans for you. - Rev. Tennison Peter, Methodist Church, Mumbai
Hello Bro. Duke,
This is ….. (name withheld to protect identity), the nastiest sinner of the whole universe. Bro Duke I happily wanted to recollect that day (12 Dec 2008) when you brought tears out of my eyes when you preached in the MindSpace IT Park Christmas Event.
You know I was filled with an extreme abundant joy, strength, hope in my heart after listening to your message!!. (I could sense that) there was a Super Power (God) in you while you were giving a message to us. My whole body was vibrating with joy, happiness, wanted to cry out LOUD.....
- One person from a non-Christian background who was present during Duke's presentation of the Gospel in MindSpace IT Park Open Air Arena on the 12 December 2008.
Hello brother Duke,
I was very much encouraged by your writings from the past few years...Whenever the Blessing magazine comes ...first we kids used to grab it and fight among ourselves....just to see whether your article is there or not...if it is not there..the mag was given back..if it was there for next 1/2 hr it would be with the winner of the fight for magazine....God bless u sooooooooooo much...
I loved reading your article BECKER FELT IT – THE VACUUM IN THE HEART (A Gospel Presentation for Yahoo Younguns!). It is just superb. Well, in the church I worship with, we distribute tracts once in a month. But, some of the tracts are of a conventional type. I just thought of using stuff from your write up and some other quotes and prepare a tract. I roughly did one, but with prayer...and have attached it with this mail. Brother, if you don't mind it would be good if you allow us to use the information. I would be even more happy if you can read through the text and give suggestions and more innovative ideas, as they instantly flow out from you…
- One Young Indian Student in Australia in July 2005 thro two separate emails (God used this to encourage Duke to start his own ministry in Feb 2006!)
Dear Duke Annan,
Your periodical is truly amazing and distinct from all the other youth magazines. Some of your articles and messages are soul thundering. I'm blessed immensely and i constanly use the same in my preaching to the stusdents. We praise God for your passion to reach out to the gennext.
The tract "Bubbly outside Yet Inside" we distributed to about 75 youth on the eve of Valentine's Day. I'm interested in translating the same in Hindi. Will you permit me? Need is huge and this stuffy tract if translated can a be of great tool to reachout to the city youth dwellers in Rajasthan, M.P and U.P. In the coming 2009 year can you spare us a day for Youth gatherings in Jaipur and Ajmer ....?
Kindly sent me the following VCDs featuring your messages.....
1. What the Bible teaches about sex 2. Getting hooked to the Bible 3. True Romantic Love 4. The God who Kisses and Kills. 5. Answers to Common youth questions.6. Taming `tough temptations 7. Finishing Fantastically 8. I will NOT be silent 9. God as a family man. 10. Marks of backsliding 11. Intercession Inspiration and 12. No one can love you like Jesus can.
I have deposited money in your SBI account for the VCDs and magazine.
Our prayers are with your entire team.
Your loving thambi,
- A BYM Missionary in North India
Duke - Great writing - terrific!!!!!!!!!!!
- a former employee of The Times of India
Duke, You have done a great piece of work on the youth front in the article "I am young and from India..."
Could I have your permission to use the material from this article to minister to the youth in our Church... ?
- a Mumbai Pastor
What do I do? I am feeling jealous about your ministry! Ha Ha! I'll pray you become 10 times what you are today!
- A young soloist-evangelist in Chennai used by God, world over.
Our founding Pastor, David Wilkerson renders the Bible on the pulpit like a dagger. He minces no words too. Take care Duke.. You are among that tribe. - a young woman in the US.
Dear Duke & fly,
I work in Cordys, Ascendas IT park and my wife works in Infosys in Gachibowli, Hyderabad. We regularly visits your sites and blog. The messages are very much related to these days, especially youth and teenagers need it. They encourages and helped us a lot. We thank God for the way in which He is using you as family. - One Employee of Cordys, Gachibowli
Duke, It was wonderful to read your report. It's amazing to see how your ministry is growing. You are definitely making an impact on the modern youth of the city!
Thanks for being such a blessing!
- a young corporate employee in Hyderabad
Hey Duke and Evan,
It was good reading your email (Annual Report of 2008). I was happy to see how much God has blessed you both and how much of a blessing you have been to others. It's inspiring to see how your passion for God never dies. I wonder how you keep it up! - One Young Woman writing from Redondo Beach, The U.S.
Brother Duke - Indeed, we are very much encouraged thro the interdenominational, once a month, Bible Study you lead at Daniel's place. We are encouraged to study the Word Of God in depth. - one corporate employee of Hewlett Packard.
Dear Evan (Duke's Wife) - The girl who heard your message in the New Life AG Women's conference in Secunderabad, she broke up with her (unbeliever) boyfriend, the very next day! - One Young Woman in Hyderabad
Very inspiring message in your email attachments (referring to Duke's e-gospel book, The Goodnews for the Google Generation). Can I have your message DVDs and your MP3 CDs shipped to Australia, where I live? Please send me the prices so that i can purchase those. - Solomon Patha, Australia
Hello Bro Duke,
I am working in Dubai for the past 20 months before which I was in Hyderabad for a major part of my life. I am extremely glad to hear about your ministry and your magazine is one of a kind. I am really impressed and have introduced the online magazine to others in our church - A young woman in Dubai
Duke, I've heard you speak at the New Life AG church, Hyderadad, quite a bit. I love your messages and love the fact that you have a heart to reach out to the lost. God bless you loads. – A Corporate Employee
Dear Duke anna - I always thank God for you. Thank you for the wonderful messages you made for the youth. I am in China now studying clinical medicine. - a young Indian Student in China
Dear Duke anna
Your magazines are really nice. It is very relevant for the present corporate world and pulls the corporate Christian to grab it and read it. Praise God for that. - a young engineering graduate from Trichy
Dear Bro Duke,
Thank you for sending your message DVDs in response to my order for the same. I am so blessed by them. I will share it with my friend who works among the youth in my town. I read your magazine. It's too good.... Now I have shifted to Arunachal Pradesh as a missionary. – A Southern Asia Bible College Graduate in Meghalaya.
Dear brother in Christ,
I have been reading your magazine for just 2 months. It's just straight talk and answers questions with no buttery or flowery speech. Preachers are generally that not so daring in their messages. - a believer from Chennai
Hi, Bro Duke - I am Joshua, I am from New Life AG Church, Secundrabad. Right now I am in the U.S in the city of Atlanta. I am here to do my training to get my airline pilot's license. I felt so happy reading your Orkut profile. The messages you gave in Summer For Jesus in our church along with the Sunday sermon on Pooh Pooh Procrastination spoke to me a lot. They still speak to me even now, Keep Me in your prayer! – A young man thro' Orkut Scrap
Whenever I hear you preach, I get the feeling I am hearing exactly what God wants to communicate with this rebellious generation - a business owner after he heard Duke preach in a church, one Sunday morning.
I have never heard inspirational preaching like this for the last 30 years of my life - A medical doctor after she heard Duke preach
Duke in response: Whom am I Lord? What is my family that you have brought me thus far? I am what I am by the grace of God and have miles to go and many promises to keep!
The following is a selection of testimonies sent as emails to Duke Jeyaraj by people who have either read his writings or heard him preach:
Awesome post! It talked to me so much! Thanks! – an young engineer from Bangalore, India, on reading “Is Orkut Obsession Okay?” – one of the chapters you will get to read in this book in his blog.
I read a lot from what you write. You target the right people at the right time. – a professional working in Kuwait.
This mail is just to let you know that your writings are influencing and captivating many youth – a young employee of Google – India.
(Your writings are) crisp and to the point for a generation that's always on the run – a teacher from Republic of Slovenia.
Sometime back, one of my school friends lost his life, leaving many questions in the minds of my school friends. Also, another close friend of mine lost his dad. Then one of my friends forwarded this article to me which spoke of the vacuum (She is referring to “Aishwariya Felt It: The Vacuum in the Heart,” the first chapter of this book).I was only too happy to send it to my friends. - a young girl from Cuttack, Orissa, India
It was wonderful to see the passion that you have for the young people of our nation. You are a mighty weapon in the hands of God for such a time as this – A young pastor of a leading church in Coimbatore, India.
I enjoy reading your magazine online. Your articles are interesting to read – a young woman living in Irving, Texas, U.S.A.
I happened to read through your article saved on the desktop of a system at a Cyber Cafe in Sainikpuri (a colony very close to Duke’s home). I am thankful that there are few preachers still who still present the Word without any dilution. It’s very interesting to see that you have used the latest trends, current affairs, present lifestyles and gelled with the Word. Keep up the good work. – a business man unknown to known to Duke till that point from Secunderabad, India.
I wanted to say that the girls in my college are rather interested in The Days of Your Youth (the magazine Duke edits which has carried of some of the articles that appear in this book) and so I was wondering if you would send a copy of next months edition to…. – a young college girl in New Delhi, India
You can keep crowd listening to you till the end because of the examples you give, which connects people to the actual life situations. Your messages and writings are useful to youth who quickly relate to topics of interest to them. – a young Engineer working with Infosys, Bangalore.
I went to your blog and read the articles written by you. I touched my heart and soul. We need more and more leaders like you to lead and shepherd the youth of today – a principal of a leading college in Jabalpur, Central India.
You have a knack of plucking God’s messages from secular happenings around us, reminding us of the fact that God can speak to us in many ways and not just through Sunday sermons or daily Bible readings – a Ph D. student at New Jersey, USA.
I am grateful that your writings have had an impact of eternal value on me. – a student living in Eastwood, New South Wales, Australia.
I thank God for your ministry, Duke and the impact it is having – a youth ministry professor in Nyack, New York, USA.
For some reason, I think when you preached in your church’s youth convention even the cameras sat down and heard the Word! I say this because there is no picture of you preaching in the meetings for the record! I think our official photographer was totally absorbed in listening to the Word! – a youth pastor of a leading church in Kolkota, India.
Thanks for lighting the fires of evangelism in this nation – a corporate employee living in Hyderabad, India
I am happy to note that you are trying to reach the youth group that others in general have left out – one of the founders of a large missionary organization in India.
I thank God for you and your innovative approach to the ministry. The miracle is that God is raising up several young people to do his purposes in their generation – a visiting faculty of South Asian Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India.
I strongly feel that reading good Christian literature will help young people strengthen their relationship with Christ and also help answer so many un-answered questions in a supernatural way (it has for me!). When I read some excepts from Duke’s writings I was very impressed. Young people need such writings. Duke’s writings are honest and very practical. They fill the gap that is created by various youth ministries that are good but impersonal – a young corporate employee in Hyderabad, India.
My boyfriend and I were physically intimate with each other, though we went to church regularly. After I heard you preach on beating sexual temptation I realized that my behavior did not please God. So I asked God to forgive me and now I am a new person – a young girl who was in one of the youth camps that Duke preached in.
Duke’s testimony in response:
In response I say along with David, “Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me thus far….You know what I am really like, Sovereign LORD” (II Sam 7:18,20 NLT). I can truly say along with Paul, “Whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me…” (I Cor 15:10 NLT). Will you join me along with the Psalmist to say, “Not to us, O LORD, but to you goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness” (Psa 115:1 NLT).