I was born into a Roman Catholic family; my grandfather and great grandfather were catholic priest assistants. Growing up as a young child my mother told me, I always said I was going to be a catholic priest.
Mostly I attended missionary schools in my elementary and secondary years. Growing up going to church was more or less an occasional thing in my home as my parents were both barred from attending service in the Roman catholic church, after their separation ultimately leading to divorce.
Around 1978/79 in my secondary year, going to church was mandatory; we went to church every morning at 6am and had our prayer time every day at 4pm or 6pm. Going to church was on compulsion.
I remember when a visiting priest other than my school's principal who was also a priest ministered and gave an alter call, the entire congregation of students came out and gave their lives to Christ promising to repent of our sins and attending church services regularly every morning at 6am. This was short lived until late in 1985 when my cousin who was visiting from college with a girl friend of hers, preached and ministered the gospel.
We had such a great fellowship and I was motivated for the first time to believe that Christians from other denominations were actually serving the same God that we Roman Catholics believed in. Whilst in college, I loved God and continued to be in occasional fellowship with various Christian groups.
I went between the church and the world for a while, not fully committing myself to the things of God. I first came in contact with Pastor Chris when I heard him minister at the Youth For Christ fellowship on campus.
I was filled with the Holy spirit a couple of times but did not speak in tongues until late 1997 when I heard Pastor Chris talk about the significance of speaking in tongues and it's relation to Christian growth. In that same year, for the first time, I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me; I thought it was my mere imagination.
I received a confirmation when in 1998 I was attending a crusade and received a word of prophesy confirming words that the Holy Spirit had spoken to me. From that time onward it was a different experience for me.
My greatest challenge was to give my total commitment to the things of God. My conscience always told me what was right and what I needed to do, I have always trusted in God, and had received several miracles at various times in my life.
In 1999, I had a very serious encounter that finally brought me to a point in my life where I gave up living between two worlds. I made a commitment to always be in church and also to be of service in the house of God.
Ever since then, living the Christian life has been the best and only experience of my life. I am eternally grateful to Pastors Chris and Anita, for giving me the opportunity and also believing that someone like me can indeed make a change and be relevant to the body of Christ to help make a difference in the life's of others.
Thank you both so much. I love you.