Twenty three years ago, there was a 45-day old baby in a very critical condition in the hospital. Every doctor who checked the baby came back with a negative report.Even the experts of the field came nodding their heads saying “Inform all your relatives. This baby is going to pass out.”
But the same baby upon whom the doctors had passed a death sentence is the one who founded this ministry- John Giftah! That’s how his life began defying the laws of medical sciences and proving that GOD works beyond all limits.
Raised under godly influence, life was normal and mundane till he witnessed the first-hand power of GOD during a renowned minister’s service in Bangalore which opened his eyes to the reality of GOD. This birthed a new interest to the things of GOD as he started taking the things of GOD more seriously and the thirst for the Lord deepened as time went by.
At the age of 15, the LORD began ministering to him through dreams and the manifestations of the Anointing began to increase as he began spending more and more time reading the Word. His grandfather had completed reading the Bible cover to cover 48 times in the last 6 years of his life and this inspired John to keep feeding on the Word. At a time when his peers used to hang out or discuss about the latest movies or cricket matches, he would prefer to spend time reading the Word. As he moved to a residential university for his degree program, it gave him more time to spend time with the LORD. The Lord began opening up doors to minister, counsel and preach the Word at various prayer groups.
In November of 2010, he had a glimpse of hell which woke him up with a zeal to preach the Gospel to every soul possible. “After seeing the reality of hell, I couldn’t bear to see anyone dying without CHRIST” says John as he speaks of his life transforming encounter.
He started having supernatural encounters where the anointing broke forth with unbelievable results with some miracles, signs and wonders. Two times John called upon the LORD and brought down rain in totally amazing ways. He has witnessed first-hand healings, supernatural encounters including conversations with GOD, demons fleeing and so on. Even now, the supernatural is a part and parcel of this ministry with many testimonies of people getting healed. By operating in the gift of knowledge, wisdom and prophecy, he has been able to counsel and guide people of various age groups on a variety of issues.
He started sending daily devotions through text messages and social media since 2012. He also ministers at various other ministries and church events.
One afternoon in the university, the LORD visited John in a vision and gave him insight into what He had in store for him. In an encounter that went on for hours, JESUS gave him directions to start an International Ministry that will encourage and guide people into the truth. “That was a spectacular moment when I felt the Anointing like strong electricity” says John as he recalls the great commissioning moment.
Soon after that, he started John Giftah International ministry operating through WhatsApp and continued the regular text messages and social media messages and counselling sessions. It began under the JGI banner on 19 September 2013 with less than 10 people receiving the daily audio messages which has now expanded to a congregation strength of hundreds upon hundreds of people (to even thousands sometimes) of all faiths, denominations, age groups, and nationalities! After the success of the audio messages, JGI began publishing a note every night at around 8pm (IST), initiated nation quest, celeb quest, WhatsApp quiz, Song O’ pedia and many more unique initiatives.
In 2016, not only did JGI get registered as a trust, it also saw the birth of new facets like the JGI YouTube segments which reach the world through messages recorded at a studio. The messages are either inspirations or teachings or counselling or prophetic in nature to adhere to a vast audience depending on their need.
The first JGI LIVE event took place on 18 June 2016 called JGI Grace Celebration at a cafe. Apart from conducting events, he also started JGI Daddy’s Paradise in the Horamavu area of Bangalore in order to gather people together and to teach them the truth of the Word.
On the Good Friday and Resurrection day of 2017, JGI was telecast for the first time on an Indian based international Christian television channel taking the ministry to an all new level.