I thank God for his love and abundant grace in my life.Born and brought up in Christian family accepted Christ as my personal savior.
My childhood days was a total failure I was the least among all the students in my class, I have not passed even one exam except annual exam from my 4th standard to 12th standard. I was able to complete my schoolings only because, my mother used to come and pray in Bethesda every year before the school starts. By grace of God I was able to complete my 10th standard with 74%.
In my higher secondary I started going away from God I started seeking worldly pleasures. I started doing all bad deeds without my parent’s knowledge, my mind was filled with bad thoughts and I started to cut my classes and roam out with my friends. I thought my friends were my world and told God please don’t come into my life I love my friends more than you. My character became very worse I started hating my parents cheated my parents I used very harsh words to my mother and blamed her for every failure in my life. I started getting into bad friendship and my track was fully changed. All these affected my 12th board exam marks which disappointed my parents.
My friends who was everything to me started leaving me, I was in a helpless state as I was left alone by my loved ones and my family. I didn’t know what to do next with such a low marks of 59%, and thought of ending my life since I was a useless and my every part of my life was a failure. That was the time God started speaking to me inviting me to come to his presence. I thought let me ask God for His great forgiveness. Since my mark was very low they told I will not get engineering seat but I wished to do engineering, so me and my mother came to Bethesda and prayed for that , to my surprise one new Government order was passed that year stating engineering percentage was reduced from 60% to 55 % for admission I was really shocked that God has changed Government orders to fulfill my wish, then I gave my life to God asking forgiveness and started my new life, even though I am weak in my studies in my school days God gave me wisdom Knowledge to come out with 80% in my UG.
Then I thought of doing my PG, I wanted to do my studies near my home so I dint want to join Karunya. Me and my mother came to pray for PG degree in Bethesda at that time also my mother told better u join here but I told I don’t want to stay in hostel so I will not study here but somehow God changed my ways and brought me to Karunya University. Since I was from engineering background I found few subjects to be tough so every day evening after class I used to go to Bethesda and seek help from God, he helped me to pass all subjects, I was worrying about my future and was thinking, will I get a job, but God helped me to get placed in an MNC in my first interview itself. Even though I deserve nothing God is mindful of me and takes care of me. Many times there came many situations to take away my life from this earth but God protected me from all dangers and destructions. If God can change an filthy, unworthy, failure person like me, he can do wonderful things in your life too.
“I will bless the LORD who has counselled me; indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. I have set the LORD continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” My name is Alexander Mathew doing my 2nd year MBA specialized in Marketing at Karunya University Business School (KUBS). This testimonial is about how God gave me and two of my fellow mates – Anthony Prashanth Andrew and Premjith.R an opportunity to compete in a national level contest and witness to His amazing grace, mercy and support from beginning to the end.
At KUBS I enjoy interactive learning with industry exposure and also experience by participating in contests across various colleges. In September 2014 the most exciting opportunity by far, came in the form of the V-Guard Big Idea Business Contest 2014.
The first challenge for us three as a team was to come up with a unique idea that would help us get selected. We sat together and discussed for weeks and finally came up with an idea to create an induction and gas stove cooking appliance with very unique features. We sent in our entry and waited with bated breath for the announcement, and God did not disappoint! We were one of the 20 selected teams out of 130 other teams from across India. The journey began!
What followed in the next three weeks leading up to the final presentation on stage in front of a jury was – writing a 5000 word report about our idea, preparing the presentation and gearing ourselves up mentally. An important point here is, all three of us are not very strong in the subject of Finance and from the contest’s perspective the financial aspect was a key portion of the report which was left lacking; despite this we felt strong and thanked God for the opportunity in our prayers. He had guided us through to this point and I believed that He would continue to do so even further. As ultra-competitive as I was I believed He was about to make us; the KUBS team like David face some ‘giants’ in the form of some very reputed management institutes and WIN!
On the first day of the competition, our team was scheduled to present in the afternoon and we could only watch as 7 other teams made presentations in succession and were asked incisive questions, leaving most fumbling for answers. As the time to get on stage grew closer, we stepped out of the hall and went to a quiet corner of the hotel where the program was being conducted and prayed – asking God to guide us, control our tongues and let the words flow confidently. We put everything in his hands and got on to stage.
For those fifteen minutes God as our guide we gave the presentation of our lives! Details flowed eloquently, the jury sat enraptured and even though the financial details were barely there not a single question was asked about it! Our strongest points were the technical and marketing aspects of the product and we were questioned only on this. When we got off stage, the smiling jury gave appreciative nods, the big name college teams looked at us in awe and the deafening silence was witness to God’s miraculous guidance that afternoon.
The end result was a solid 4th place finish which spoke louder than words. It was a resounding victory for us, competing with premium Institutes. Not only that we were the darlings of the jury with our friendly nature and interaction during the tea and lunch breaks. We were also able to bond with them and the fact some of the V-Guard company heads came up to us at the forum was witness that God was truly giving us centre stage at an event he led us to. Amen.
In closing, God’s guidance across the course of two months during this contest proved to us that his mercy and blessings come to those who strive and work hard. All three of us- Alexander, Anthony and Premjith even today smile about this and thank GOD for his truly miraculous intervention and victory!