Pastor Bala followed his theological training at the South Wales Bible College, Barry, UK. He and his wife Sharmini with their daughter arrived in New Zealand in March 1986. In December 1986 he accepted a call to be the Pastor of the Sovereign Grace Church, and he has remained in that position for the past 30 years. In October 1987 Shehan was born. In 1990 the Lord led Pastor Bala to take up mission endeavours in some of the South-Eastern and Asian countries. Each year he makes regular visits to these countries to establish churches, train up men for the ministry and to speak at both Family and Pastors’ conferences. In addition he publishes a quarterly magazine called Bible Lamp in the Tamil language which is sent to over twenty countries. He also translates English books into Tamil and has written several books and booklets on various theological and practical subjects, along with a regular monthly article submitted to the Bible Lamp website.