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Bharathi- India's first transgender Pastor


SHANKAR RAMA SUBRAMANIAN | Chennai, February 6, 2012 17:31
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Tamil Nadu’s 25-year old Bharathi is India’s first transgender Pastor. Bharathi, who completed her bachelor's degree in theology last April, has been a pastor at the Evangelical Church of India (ECI) branch in Chengalpattu, on the outskirts of Chennai, for the past eight months.

Earlier, only men were appointed as Pastors but of late women too are appointed. Now, it is the turn of transgenders.

The taunts by his classmates and people around did affect her badly in her childhood. It was during this time a sister from the nearby Church came to her help. She took her to the Church and converted him to Christianity.

When Bharathi was 10, she says an "angel" entered their home.

"A sister at a church near our home took pity on me and took me in. "I started reading the Bible and praying in church every day. I converted when I was 12 and was baptized a few years later in 2000," she said.

This is not only a proud moment for me but for the whole of transgender community. I believe, I did not choose to serve God, but God had chosen me to do his service," she added.

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Posted By: Leslie Jebaraj | Chennai | March 3rd 2012 | 23:03
As a Christian, I love this good news!

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