Champak hoped to become a missionary himself in the future.
The 18-month-old baby lay alone, wailing, on the train tracks. He cried uncontrollably for his mother, but she and his father had already walked away, leaving him in the path of a train due to arrive any minute.
If the train hadn't been running behind schedule that day, the baby's life would have ended. Instead, a 58-year-old widow who walked by saw the little boy. She lovingly grasped his hand, took him home and raised him as her own son.
Even though his own parents had abandoned him, the boy was given the name Champak and grew up with the care and provision of his adoptive mother. The widow's neighbors also showered him with affection, always greeting him with hugs and kisses.
When the time came for him to start his education, Champak's adoptive mother enrolled him in a school run by Christian missionaries. The Believers he met there told him Bible stories about Jesus and His plan to redeem all humankind, sparking Champak's interest in Christ. Champak even hoped to become a missionary himself in the future. But though he grew up with a knowledge of Christianity and even memorized Bible verses, he never entered into a relationship with the Lord or learned how to apply what he had learned.
But in his early teens, Champak befriended youths drawn to pleasure-seeking, feeding into a growing attraction to money. He began skipping school so he could work during the daytime. Straying from his childhood innocence, he started keeping back some of his earnings for himself.
When his mother found out he was deceiving her, frustration and anger gripped her, and conflict ensued. Instead of submitting to her, he ran away from home.
He started working in hotels as a servant and spent his extra time drinking alcohol with his friends. But his self-seeking lifestyle didn't provide the acceptance and love that he craved. Still hurting from his birth parents' rejection, he had now estranged himself from the adoptive mother who raised him, and when he faced a difficult situation, his friends deserted him too.
Read about how Champak finally came to embrace a relationship with Jesus and eventually begin his own Christian fellowship ministering to people in the slums. Follow the link provided.