How it began
On September 19th, 1992 a young man in his mid twenties gave his life to Jesus Christ with an encounter with the living God and was baptized by the Holy Spirit in a family prayer, with a calling in his life to serve the Lord. He immediately started sharing the love of God to his friends and families and began conducting prayer meeting in his house, as the Lord touched the lives of many, he received invitation to pray and share the Word of God in and around Bangalore. The Lord healed, delivered and set many free from the devil’s power.
In 1993 the Lord directed him to a local church and he served in the church faithfully as a worship leader, interpreter and an associate pastor for nearly 10 years. In 2002, the Lord spoke to Kanikaraj from the Word of God from the Book of Hosea chapter 4:6 where God says, “My people perish for the lack of knowledge”. The Lord stirred his heart to teach the Word of God to His church; straightway he started teaching the Word of God to the local churches. As a result Mission Word was started in 2002, it is a believers’ seminar where the believers are taught and equipped in the Word of God to be an effective Christians to live, share, serve and impact their church and society with the love of the Lord. Since then many Christians are trained and sent back to their respective local churches to help their pastors in building the kingdom of God. In the year 2003 the Lord gave him a vision to plant a church when he was working for a leading daily media, having quit his secular job, he started a prayer fellowship and continued to share the Gospel of Christ in his neighborhood. In 2004 having graduated from Domata India a Bible Training Center in Bangalore, Kanikaraj and his wife Vinitha started the first worship service in their living room with 3 people in attendance. The vision and the purpose of the church were shared with the congregation. Since then he is involved in building the local congregation by preaching, teaching and faithfully serving them with the love of Christ. He is also travelling around the nation of India training pastors and leaders, to plant churches and strengthening the local leadership to form a strong network of servant leaders throughout the nation.