I was born and brought up in a Hindu family in India. As a Hindu, I respected all faiths and thought all different paths will lead to God Almighty. I left India in 1968 and lived in Hong Kong for the next thirty years. I kept on practicing Hindu religion all along.
Growing up, I do recall of some things I wanted to become when I grew up. I wanted to be a super hero at one point, a fireman, ball player, and the list goes on. I remember the promises, plans and dreams I had along the way. But as I was growing up, I never once thought of what my purpose in life would be.
I didn’t grow up knowing the Lord. So, when I came to Christ, I learned that there was a different kind of life.
Now, I am a new creation and a witness that Christ did this. I don’t want to smoke anymore. I don’t want to listen to the same rappers I used to listen to. I make rap for the Lord now and I changed my entire life. Most importantly, I am a committed father and husband to my family – something I could only be with Christ in me.
I remember the first time we went to the Home Connect Group. The first thing we did was eat. A funny thing happens when you sit with others and eat. People talk. We talked as if we knew each other and we developed friendships.
In August 2013, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. The doctor said that they would remove the tumor and run some tests. Afterward, he said there was no problem. They removed the tumor and the pathology report came back that they got all the cancer and no further treatment was needed. I was told to come back in three months and they would look again.
I was married, with two sons, a home and a full time job. We occasionally went to catholic mass but not on a regular basis. I thought I had a good life but deep down inside I know I was yearning for something. I didn’t feel loved and I guess you could say I was looking for someone to love me. I felt empty.
For people new to Christianity, prayer can be weird. Think about it. It’s not like normal communication where you can talk with your dad, or text your friend, or call your grandma. Communication is easy with people, but with God, where do you start. He is an all-knowing, ever-present God, but you can’t see Him. Not with your eyes at least. Maybe you feel like you’re talking to an invisible friend or maybe you feel like you’re praying wrong or you don’t know how to pray. Just know that it’s simpler than it looks.