Remembering Albert

ServLife International co-founder Rev. Albert Louis Das passed away in Bihar, India on March 22, 2024, and he will be deeply missed. Albert is survived by his beloved wife and four children. He leaves a legacy of love and investment in God’s Kingdom that will continue to ripple in the years to come.

Albert was born in Bihar, India as a high caste Hindu, but was quickly met with tragedy. His mother died in childbirth, and his father abandoned him. He was initially sent to a children’s home, but was then adopted by a couple from Kolkata. While being raised in Kolkata, he had a sense that one day he would return to Bihar.

In college, a friend handed him a Bible, and his life was forever changed. Albert became a Christian and went on to become a pastor, and asked God where he was calling him to work. In the early 1990s he traveled to Raxaul, Bihar, and couldn’t find any Christians. He asked a local man if he knew Jesus, and the man replied, “Who is Jesus? A Bollywood star?” In that moment, Albert knew God was calling him to start his ministry in this dusty trucker town.

Albert traveled throughout Asia, completing his theological and ministry training, and met a young American on a missions trip. The two formed a fast bond, and a year later formed ServLife International to train pastors and care for children.

“Northern India breaks my heart,” Albert reflects. “It’s known as the graveyard of missions, as if no good, no life, can happen there. But I’ve never believed that. Instead, I’m convinced God will turn this land into His vineyard!” While many church planters abandoned Bihar after a year or less, Albert remained steadfast and faithful for 27 years.

He had opposition on every side and even had a gun to his head at one point and was given 24 hours to leave the village. He did not, and said the only way he would leave Bihar was in a coffin. Ironically, the man who threatened his life was randomly murdered the next day. No matter what, Albert always stood firm.

In Albert’s time with ServLife International, he trained 184 pastors, cared for dozens of orphans, and provided education for hundreds of children. He was always investing in others, and had a vision that “the young generation which are coming will be encouraged and they will also move forward, without seeing any challenges… and they will just go all out for the Lord.”

Ephesians 6:13 says, “Therefore, pick up the full armor of God so that you can stand your ground on the evil day and after you have done everything possible to still stand.” Albert fought the good fight and stood firm.

We are deeply grateful to Albert for his friendship, ministry partnership, and deep impact in God’s kingdom. Thank you, and rest in peace brother.