I still remember laying in my bed at night and realizing that if I was to die there and then and face Jesus, I would be sent to Hell. Inside I thought I was a pretty good person considering the circumstances of my life, but my good works were not enough. I had created a God inside my heart that wasn't Christ. I remember battling for years, constantly fighting who I was inside, not wanting to see who I really was. This is where Jesus stepped in. I was so convicted of my sin I couldn't come to church without this feeling of shame and guilt inside. I acted as one person inside the church, and another outside. I was the "two faced" christian. That's when I came to realize that I had to make a decision and believe me, I battled this. Because when you commit your life to Christ, there is a cost. The scriptures say "take up your cross and follow me".
So there I was, sitting in church at an altar call, head in my hands, trembling inside of the consequences of sin and what would happen if i died without God's forgiveness. That night I surrendered and gave my life to Jesus Christ. What a joy that day was having the heavy burden of sin lifted. I was free. No longer did I feel a slave to the shame and condemnation inside. Jesus blood cleansed me pure as white as snow. After that day, I lived for Christ right up until now. I continued to play soccer for a while, not like before. Then I moved up Launceston and got an apprenticeship as a Glazier at age 17. This is where the weightlifting came in. I started training 4-5 times a week (btw I was a toothpick in size) This is where my life changed. I had a new church up here with new friends - true friends. The friends that have your back in all situations, friends that you can count on. This is where I really started to grow as a christian. I really started studying and praying everyday. I felt the call of God on my life to be a missionary. At age 19 I met my beautiful wife Suemin and married her shortly after.
God has blessed me over the years and never let me down. So here I am today. Working a full time job, living in my own house I built and starting my own ministry. I hope that you can find some encouragement and hope to know that if you make a decision to serve Christ, He will always come through for you. Living for Jesus is the best and only way to find true peace and happiness. If you don't know Him, I encourage you TO FIND HIM. Ask Him to forgive you of your sin and surrender your heart to His WILL & purpose for your life. Buy a Bible and find a Pentecostal church that loves Jesus. I promise with all my heart that if you place your trust in Him, He will never let you down.
So, where to begin... I was born in Hobart, Tasmania in 1991 to a family of four. Growing up i was heavily involved in sports - Soccer, Tennis, Cricket, whatever! Usually I would train for 6-8 hours a day. Looking back now, whatever sport I was involved in I would dedicate myself entirely to it. I guess looking at it now it was kind of an obsession that i had. I would study up on YouTube looking for new tricks and new skills to improve my game, every spare second I had I spent in front of a PC. Growing up through high school, my parents had a split, that's when things started to change in my life. I dedicated myself more and more to my sports, that way i could hide any feeling of rejection inside. I wanted people to like and accept me. So I trained, and trained. Then I started becoming popular. This is when the trouble started. Like most teenagers, I became rebellious. Growing up through college I didn't focus much on study, but focused more and more on soccer. It was my life. I lived and breathed to play. That was until I hit age 17. God started to really deal with me about my sins. I had been going to church 3 times a week since i was age 5 as my Mum who had a radical conversion, so it wasn't like i didn't know the Gospel. It was just a thing off to the side that I thought would take care of itself eventually.
Well.... I was wrong!