“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
In 2003 the International Churches of Christ (ICOC) were in spiritual turmoil, and I was living on a boat without an engine on an island on the river Thames in London, England. The insanity of that whole painful chapter culminated with me setting fire to the boat (before being hospitalised in January 2004).
Diagnosed with mental illness, I spent many months in hospitals in London and up north. And so I was no longer a disciple of Jesus.
Though I retained my belief in God’s eternal presence, for the next five years I was not obedient to the gospel I had once accepted – I returned to old sins, gained weight and did not think to find out what was happening globally with God’s people.
I struggled to come to terms with my new status as a mentally disabled person in a world that has fallen away from God.
Making music was my refuge.
Then, in the summer of 2009, I decided to go to church again. And it was while attending an ICOC conference in London, God reconnected me with a brother in the London International Christian Church (LICC).
I met with LICC leadership and quickly came to see I had fallen away from God. Urgently I decided to leave behind caring parents, the familiarity of my home town and my supported accommodation to return to London to be a sold-out disciple.
After 2003, I never wanted to return to London.
But I don’t look back.
Now it is five years on, and I am engaged to be married to an incredible woman in God’s kingdom. Rebecca and I met in 2013 at the European Missions Conference where a student of Physics at Kings College and a London solicitor were baptised into Christ.
I share my faith through singing on the London music scene, and last year met a young woman singer, an X-Factor finalist. After she performed at the London church’s regular performing arts ‘Talent Showcase’, Jeanette built a great friendship with the sisters and is now my sold-out sister in Christ!
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
God’s movement in Europe is back!