22 - London
Before Christ, what was your world-world view?
I lived in a household where Christianity or religion was not taught. I did not really understand religion but really admired my Uncles work in the field of Science. My world-view was strongly evolution focussed, the survival of the fittest and the ‘perfect race’ - a study primed on eugenics. This changed as I read the Bible and was touched by the Holy Spirit.
When did you first hear the Gospel? How did you feel about it?
I first heard the Gospel from my Godparents. Living in a single-parent household meant that we moved around a lot. My Godfather helped my mum a lot - dropping me home after school for over a year. He continually told me about Jesus - at the time - I didn’t understand - nor was I remotely interested - however - I am thankful for it now.
What was your biggest question before you became Christian?
How can Science and God coexist? The second question was if God is so good, how can there be suffering in the world. These were answered gradually.
What was the turning point in your attitude? When did it all change?
My brother had a car accident. Witnessing his body limp on the floor, flesh; sprawled over the pavement like spaghetti hoops weaving in between the grids of the pavement forced me to come to terms with
death. I realised, no matter how much knowledge and Science I studied, no matter how many books I read, degrees I achieve; I can never beat death. I am not God - nor do I have the ability to save. Although my brother had a lucky escape from death, I was startled by the reality of my loved ones or myself meeting death unprepared.
What changes did you see in your life, actions, attitudes, problems?
The biggest change was my conviction to sin and my anger. Once I gave my life to Christ I became uncomfortably aware of my failures, ashamed of everything in my life but convinced of the Hope to live a better and abundant life.
How long did it take before you noticed changes?
A lot of things changed immediately, however, some things took time to change. That was my own fault. I was not willing to let certain habits, emotions and feelings go. The hardest thing to let go was certain music and relationships as my emotions were idols in my heart. Once I put my emotions in the right place - and submitted everything to God, things became easier and I felt more at peace.
Where are you now?
I am doing a couple of things. One of them is being the Founder of The Christian Busking Project and the second is being an English Tutor. My aim is to expand the project internationally - as well as - teach around the world.
What is your favourite bible verse and why?
Matthews 5:8 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.’ I love this verse because seeing God begins on the inside, not on the outside.
Advice for a non-Christian:
It is okay to have questions - but if you really want God to reveal Himself - intentionally seek Him. He is not going to come in the way you always want - read the Bible so you can identify who He is.