Sunil & Pam Sardar
Sunil Sardar is a native of the state of Maharashtra in central India. In his early years, Sunil was involved in the struggles of the common people which connected his heart with India’s lowered-caste and outcast peoples. He led a farmer’s protest in his region and fought for social justice and economic empowerment for the lowered castes. Pam, a schoolteacher from Indiana, met Sunil through a divine appointment and they were married in 1989. Throughout the 1990’s, Pam and Sunil planted over 400 churches in approximately 10 years throughout central India.
After years of research into India’s social and religious histories, Sunil grew to realize that India’s lowered castes are not primarily Hindu, as is assumed by most Indians, Christians, and the West. He learned that the lowered castes’ histories, cultures, and religious traditions connect them to an Almighty God, and ultimately, Christ.
In 2003, God called Sunil and Pam to start a new work among India’s lowered castes–to help them re-discover the One God of their forefathers, then complete the connection to the God of the Bible. Sunil and Pam named Truthseekers after The Society for the Seekers of Truth, founded in the 1800’s by Jotirao Phule, a famous Indian social reformer who was a strong advocate for the lowered castes of India, and a believer in Christ.
She began her career as a high school drama director, but God had a different plan for her. Hearing His call, Pam took a bold step of faith with a tentative spirit to marry a man she had not met and move to a country she barely knew. It was incredibly difficult, with many hard times, but she has grown to love her country and has built a God-driven life with Sunil. Pam loves to encourage people to step out of the boat and up into the 'more' that God has waiting.
For Pam, that included being married to and Indian national who is called to lead a socio-spiritual movement to abolish the caste system. Pam and Sunil are called to minister specifically to the lower caste community, bringing the Gospel to them with cultural relevance that helps them understand who Jesus really is.
Since 1990 Pam has raised four children, lived ten years in a village, been kicked out of India twice, and been blacklisted by the government. Throughout it all, though, Pam has remained strong in her faith and mission. She continues to work with children and advocate for women's empowerment in India, where an estimated 93 women are raped daily and selective female abortion is still widespread in rural areas.