As a newborn believer, with a deep desire for the Lord, Rev. D. Mohan commenced his Christian journey in 1968.It was at the age of 21 that he gave his life to Christ. Then he began his ministry by preaching the word, having enrolled for Bible College at SABC, Bangalore. He was appointed to pastor a small church in Bangalore, part of a work study program. He continued as a Pastor for this small church at Bangalore for 2 years after his graduation.
Around this time, Rev. David Stewart requested Rev.D.Mohan to go to Chennai to build college ministry and a church in Chennai. Thus his vision to work among young people took shape. The first phase of his ministry began when he reached out and catered to the needs of the souls who were touched during a healing crusade. The Lord blessed him with a house which would serve the purpose of these new believers coming together as a family to worship God. Thus the NLAG church commenced with its first service in the year 1973 with a humble gathering of 7 believers.
|| The need of the hour was to focus on these new believers thereby reviving them as well as developing them into being ministers for Christ. With God’s grace as well as the assistance and direction of believer friends, the church grew with members touching 15. Gradually the
Lord blessed the church with a new place for believers to gather and the members increased to 50 through constant prayer.
As more and more people started pouring into the services, a shelter was constructed where 600 people could be seated at a time. God’s awesome power was at work and multitudes of people thronged into the services.
Prayer continued to be an absolute vital aspect for the growth of NLAG. The YMCA Gym was opened up for services. One day as Rev.D.Mohan was walking on the road, the Lord said “Now is the time to stop praying for the land and start praising”. As the church continued praising God for a permanent place for worship, they were able to locate a place with the help of a person whom God had sent in the path of Rev.D.Mohan. Thus, a thatched roof structure was erected as a venue for worship on one of the main streets of Chennai called Mount Road, which could seat 700 people.
Nevertheless the ship wasn’t sailing serenely. The Church came across moments of despair en route this God given mission. The enemy was at work and the church faced many encounters of brutalities. If there was one incident of the shed being destroyed by heavy rains, then in another untoward incident, a spark of fire from the diesel engine used in the adjoining timber plant fell on the thatched roof thereby damaging the church. In spite of these heart breaking occurrences, the Church was able to overcome the viles of the evil one through tearful prayers.
|Due to the rapid growth of believers, a new building was constructed which came to completion in 1984. At this time the congregation had grown to 2500 believers. Small group systems (Care Cells) were instituted in the church to cater to this speedy growth.They helped the believers to grow and mature
in Christ as well as to evangelize and nurture new believers into the church.The Church truly experienced the move of God in a new dimension. As the scripture says in Acts 2:17(NIV) “In the last days, God says I will pour out my Spirit on all people.” Today NLAG church houses a congregation of 26000 believers with multiple services taking place on different floors of the building. Separate services are being conducted for the children, youth as well as the adults in different languages. It is through the able guidance of 120 dedicated Pastoral and administrative staff that the church is able to fulfill this vision.
according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
||God has used NLAG church as an instrument to bring glory to His name. The church that we witness today in Chennai is the result of prayers and faith and stands as a testimony for the glory of God.
Eph 3:20-21 NIV -Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,