For this Haggai leader, being used of God is his priority, whether in court or out. Working as a Christian lawyer in a country where only three percent of the population claim to be Christ followers is not an easy or popular choice. George faces temptation and danger regularly. He chooses to be courageous – something for which he thanks Haggai International.
“Haggai International gave me courage and a global perspective toward evangelization,” he says.
“Whatever is preventing sharing the Gospel, I want to go and legally bulldoze it down so that evangelists, pastors, and men of God can walk.”
That courage has enabled him to boldly use God’s Word in court. Currently, he is representing a local Christian group defending traditional, Biblical marriage, and he’s also involved in defending the Freedom of Religion Act.
“When we were arguing the Freedom of Religion Act, I had to give a small Bible quote to the judge and the opposing party,” he says. “The Haggai Leader Experience made me realize I shouldn’t shy away from reading the text and actually distributing it as an evangelism tool.”
After presenting the Biblical text for his second round of arguments, George was approached by a member of the opposing counsel.
“I only expected him to read the flagged portion of the Bible where we were talking about the Great Commission and why we preach. Yet he had read more and asked me to explain the second coming of Christ.”
Beyond the Courthouse Walls
George’s heart for the local church has led him outside the courthouse. He supports house churches throughout India, both financially and legally. Not only has he sent more than 1,000 Bibles to them, he’s also provided legal awareness training to pastors and spoken on evangelism.
“I’ve been able to speak to 25,000 people from different professions and faiths about the need for evangelism in the workplace and about forming cell groups.”
As George relates, the cell groups are spinning off into bigger things. “I’m the legal adviser for a movement called Kingdom Human Resources Development Corporation. We’ve actually launched a company to place people trained in the Bible into non-Christian work settings. To date, we have placed more than 300 people.”
Living a Life of Integrity
In a country where bribes and other dishonest practices are commonplace, George faces daily situations that challenge his honesty and integrity.
“I was called to negotiate and settle a dispute and was asked to forget my client and be silent in court the next day. Though I didn’t know it, there was a camera in the room, and I was recorded saying, ‘I will not be able to do this. Sorry, I am a Christian.’”
In Indian courts, lawyers are paid for being silent, shifting loyalties and passing on briefs. “That’s why honesty is the greatest challenge in my profession,” he says.
Taking a stand hasn’t been easy for George or his family. He’s had to tell his wife to remove all photographs of their child from social media, fearing abduction. His telephone has been tapped without authorization, and he’s found listening devices in his office.
“Yes, I really face risk here, but God has used me,” he says.
Through his practice, George has helped families, who came seeking divorce, leave wanting reconciliation instead. He also desires to provide legal help to inmates seeking a fair trial.
“I want a team of people who can give legal aid to prisoners who can’t afford it,” he says. “I also want to be a resource for any Christian organizations and pastors needing legal help with civil laws and other issues.”
The growth may be slow, but George is thankful for those who have helped make it possible. “I am very grateful for my Haggai International sponsors. My Haggai Leader Experience has not gone to waste. Very steadily, it is reaping results.”
Supreme Court Lawyer
Attended Haggai: 2012
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