I was born in the Caribbean in the beautiful island of Jamaica. I am the oldest of three children with two younger sisters. My father was a very strict disciplinarian who I dared not upset because I knew that the price to pay would be painful and I mean on the inside of my back pocket.
I was always eager to gain my father's acceptance but it was more my mother who was my source of nurturing, encouragement and love.
Throughout school I was an "A" student and rarely got into any trouble. I always tried to be the person that my parents would be proud of. Although everything seemed fine on the outside, there was a dark side that no one knew about.
Sexual immorality became my weakness at a very young age. This immoral lifestyle lead to acts which at the time brought great pleasure but eventually lead to a tremendous sense of guilt.
My life was simple and peaceful until we were forced to move to Canada. The adjustment for us children was relatively easy but I knew that it was a very stressful time for my parents.
Tragedy struck our family soon after that, when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. She passed away within 3 months leaving a void in my life which I filled with anger, resentment and disappointment.
Despite all that, the next 10 years were spent doing the things that most people would do. I graduate from high school then university as an Electrical Engineer. These years however are like a blur to me.
I eventually met a woman who I fell deeply in love with, who brought the intimacy and love that was missing in my life. However due to my lifestyle choices, this relationship did not last.
It was during this time that I began to search for meaning in my life. A friend invited me to attend a Sunday morning service where I immediately felt a sense of peace and calmness but due to the anger, disappointment and sorrow resulting from the loss of my mother, I had a difficulty relating to God.
Shortly after that, I decided to move to Vancouver for a new start. It was like a breath of fresh air but came at a price as I broke up with the woman that I loved. Again, I experienced a sense of loss and immediately went into a deep depression.
After getting through that painful period, I earnestly started to search for answers to the meaning of my life. I had grown up knowing that I had been disobedient to God the Father and that Christ had paid the penalty for my disobedience but had not truly acknowledged him as the Savior of my life. This I knew was keeping me separated from him, no matter what I did.
Shortly after that, I was invited to a church where the preacher shared from the Bible about all that God has done and promised for us and that I had been disobedient to him. With true remorse, it was then that I prayed for Christ to come into my life and to forgive me for my disobedience.
Since then I have experienced the unconditional love of God and have accepted his direction for my life but most of all I know that he has given me the gift of eternal life. My desire is to continue Jesus work here on earth to serve God first and glorify his name by doing so. This is why I am standing before you tonight. May he capture your hearts and bless you all.
Thank you for your time.