Joseph Pandian never expected to be a missionary, but when the Covid-19 pandemic put an end to more than a decade of working for the United Nations, Joseph realised God had other ideas. “I always had a thirst to do God’s work...and now after more than 15 years in secular work, here I am."
Born in southern India and a Christian from the age of 29, Joseph has been in the UK since 2005. He travelled the world working with the UN, but was always involved in church life.
“I led Tamil prayer groups, served as an Olympic Games Pastor during the London Olympics in 2012, and served as a deacon in the Church leadership team for 12 years” said Joseph. “God calls us to faithfulness, and where it ends up is his business not mine. Since joining the Mission last September, I have fallen in love with my community,” he said.
Joseph now works with the team in Harrow, where 60% of the Hindu community are from India. He visits churches, to come alongside and equip Christians, and helps run a weekly street evangelism book table in Hounslow. “It’s very exciting,” said Joseph. “Hindus know about Jesus, love to discuss God, and many long for a relationship.”