At Living Word International Outreach, Our vision is to reach the nations with the Gospel, feed the poor children and widows, build churches, train and support native missionaries, and distribute the Bibles where needed. Living Word International Outreach Inc. and Living Word Church were founded in 1982 by Pastor Samuel and Anusuya Karunanithi. We support missionaries in India, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Mexico & Malaysia. Many churches, pastors, and children need your prayers and financial support. Please join hands with us as partners to reach the unreached.
James 1:27 -Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
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Pastor Samuel Karunanithi, or Pastor Sam as he is known to the church, has come a long way from his homeland of India, a distance comparable to the one separating him from his life as a young Hindu magician. At the age of 16 he learned mesmerism and hypnotism techniques in a quest for fame and fortune.
Samuel grew up in Madurai, South India with pleasure aplenty. In school he did everything: stealing, shoplifting and even tried counterfeiting coins. He even started a savings program in the school and made a percentage on commissions. At a young age he tried smoking and drinking, however he was not happy with himself, and often considered suicide. All his efforts to find a shortcut to wealth and fame had failed.
After graduating from American College High School, he ran away from his home because his Christian mother was disappointed with the direction his life had taken. After staying as long as possible with a friend in Madras he went to a church for help in finding work and room. After two days he was given a small room where the furniture was stored.
There he met a young Christian who counseled him to accept Christ and invited him to a youth prayer meeting. Initially, the teenager was not interested in being converted. Samuel became puzzled when, during the prayer meeting, his new friend "shed tears and cried to the Lord and asked Him to save me and settle my life." The young man wondered why the Christian would cry for him a stranger. He went to bed that night but could not sleep.
The spirit of God had begun to work. When he questioned saying "what made the stranger to cry for my salvation?" he heard an audible voice of Jesus telling him that it was THE LOVE OF GOD that had made him to shed tears for my salvation. He decided that if that was the love of God, then that was what he wanted inside.
When he confessed his past sins and turned to Jesus, the youth "felt a great burden lifted from his body and soul and felt real light like a bird wanting to fly in the air." He then began to study the Bible as never before and listened to the teaching of Gods word regularly in the church.
Shortly after this, he was baptized in water and filled with the Holy Spirit, he went around distributing tracts, visiting and praying for the sick and sharing his testimony on the street corners and market places.
Four years later at the age of 21, he was an accountant in a 5 star hotel in his native city. It was at that time that he felt the call to commit his life to the ministry full time. He received his training from great Apostles of God who pioneered hundreds of churches in India and abroad. Then he started to preach Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Then the Lord opened doors for him to preach and baptize many in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Then he first came to the USA in 1979 after he attended the Charismatic World Conference in Canada. In 1980 he was ordained in New York City.
Then the Lord opened doors to many countries in Europe, Canada, Central America and the Middle East. Since then he has traveled million miles to many countries many times to minister the word. Now Samuel was given the title of honorary Doctorate and as an Apostle now resides in Bridge City, Texas with his wife and four children and many grand children. He also ministers to the pastors as he conducts leadership conferences in many countries. He is the founder and president of the Living Word International Outreach Inc. of USA and India. He is currently pastor of the Living Word Church in Bridge City, Texas, USA. In 2021 Pastor and his wife celebrated their 50 years anniversary. They give all the glory to God for His faithfulness and continue the ministry.
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