Led by God’s Grace

Led by God’s Grace


Hello, hello! A big greeting to everyone,
to all those who are watching! To introduce myself, my name is
Samuel and I’m recognized by this sign with the Deaf community.
Samuel is my real name but I do go by Sam and for those that are deaf who
would like to sign my name I go by this so greetings to all!
The purpose for this is to share with you but a really important message. It’s a message of my travels for
10 years and how I’ve been led. To start with, I grew up in Germany. I
was born and raised in Germany and after so many years I decided to move
and I did move to Canada and I am a Christian.
I’m a Seventh day Adventist Christian and I would like to share with you
the story of how m y life had changed. It’s a very important message
but first before I begin my message I would like to have
prayer with you and then I would like to share with you
the message that I have. So I will see you soon… Like I said, I would like to share with you but first let’s have a word of prayer, okay? Father in heaven and Lord in heaven
we thank You so much for giving us this place a
place of rest this place in nature where I am standing here. This place is in
Canada and I want to pray that as I share with those who are watching, this
is an important message, a message of my conversion, a true story that I want to
share with those who are viewing. Those people that may be in the world that are
watching now, I pray that they would see the gospel and they would have clearer
understanding of what that gospel is. That they would search their hearts, that
they would want to change, that they would want the Holy Spirit from You,
Father in Heaven, that You only can create that pure and perfect, loving
character. You could share with people the honest and the truth that only You
give to us. You give us so many blessings, so many blessings, that I want to share
that with other people who are watching. That those who are watching would feel
that connection like brothers and sisters in Christ. That those
who are watching now would have a clear understanding. I know it’s not easy, God.
Here in this earth, there’s so many things of the darkness. We have such a
short life. There are so many distractions that we have, so many
temptations that draw us away from You. It’s incredible… That those temptations,
Lord, help us to give those to You. That they we would have a clean heart. That we
would know that You only are able to give us those things. That sin and
everything else we can give to You. That You only give us that Kingdom, that we
pray for. I pray that you would give us love. That people who are watching would
say “yes, Jesus! I love you and, I give you my heart!” That is the most important
thing. That people would follow You in baptism. That people would search their
hearts that, they would fully commit to give their hearts to You. That they would
see You, they would have a deep and meaningful relationship with You. That
they would be one with You. That the unclarity would suddenly become clear
and they would become one with You. That the Holy Spirit that You give us would
be the thing that makes it clear. In your name we pray. Amen. So greetings again.
To start my story, I traveled ten years of my life and as I reflect on that time in
my life there’s a story that I would like to share with you. As it is right now, I am a Canadian. I
passed the citizenship test in the year 2012. This is my home here in
Canada. The time has gone by so quickly and it’s been incredible. God has given
me the Holy Spirit and has led me the right paths and I see the future and the
way that God’s leading and all and that’s incredible but taking a step
backward and we’re going to go back in time a little bit.
I believe it was in the year 2015… yes, in 2015. At that time I was baptized
and where I was baptized is in a place, this is a sign for it, it’s called
Fiji and Fiji is small islands. They use this sign to show their Fijian Islands.
The reason why is because Fiji is comprised of around 325 different
islands. They have so many islands in the one area that they chose to use this
sign, or even a different sign, either sign would work. So Fiji is where
I was baptized and that’s where I decided to follow Christ. I accepted it
in my heart, I honored Him, I had a relationship with Him after baptism.
Up to that point in my life I had not and it’s really weird to think that it was
in Fiji that God changed me, but that’s the story that I want to share. Like I
said, I traveled 10 years, much of that was living in darkness. There was no
light in my life. And it was the same thing that typically you find living in
darkness: video games, a lot liars, scoffers, people who swear. There’s so
many different things of the darkness. That’s all of the dark. You know, people
that you encounter every day mostly living in darkness. But I had no
experience with the light. And people who typically live in the dark are resistant
to the light. They’re walking around like blind people or people who are ignorant
or don’t have any idea. So they have a different way of living. The important
part is the gospel is shared, that people are told about the gospel,
that that light has a chance to grow. But there’s things of the darkness: love a
self, a lot of self-centered ideas. And I was that way too. I had a love of self,
I bragged a lot. And when I look back on and reflect on that time
of my life, it wasn’t important at all. That time of my life was gone. The most
important thing is to deflate self and to be humble. But as I take a step
backward to a time when I wasn’t Christian, I think about all the
influences that were in my life. As I was traveling, I met so many different people
in so many different countries. And I ended up in Fiji and I had such a deep
experience that that’s what I want to share with you. So when I got to Fiji, I
was impressed with the number of people that were so friendly. The Fijian people
were very warm. They welcomed me. I met a number of them. They were very welcoming.
And these people lived in what we call a third world country. And for those who
are not familiar, it means that it’s like getting rid of the modern conveniences
that we take for granted. No refrigeration. They had no motorized
vehicles. They didn’t have anything of modern conveniences. There were farmers.
They were very poor. They don’t have IDs even. Things of those nature this was
what was meant by a third world country. That’s the kind of people that were
living there. And I was there for a year and at that time I got very discouraged.
You know, this was the fourth time that I had been in Fiji. First time I had been
there was about a week. The second time I had gone to Fiji was about three months
and then it was six months. And I discovered that my thirst
for Fijian was not quenched. So I decided the next time to stay for
longer. So as I met the people in Fiji, I was struck with one thought–the Fijian
people repeatedly talked about God. It was always “God this” or “thank you
God” or “God that”. And I thought that was rather strange. But you have to
understand that Fiji is comprised of many different religions. Many people of
the world, many different religions. There was like a melting pot of religion and
cultures. So I got involved in many different cultures and religion, and as I
looked around I thought “hmm…” it was very interesting. My dad, at the time, was
living in New Zealand. Fiji to New Zealand was only
about a three-hour flight, it was very close. And I flew to New Zealand to talk
to my dad about this. I stayed with him for a time and I said: “dad you won’t
believe all the religions and cultures, and the people of the Fiji Islands are so
friendly”. Dad patiently listened to me. My dad
himself was a Seventh-day Adventist Christian. He had a lot of experience. So
we discussed this back and forth and I rely to my dad’s opinion and wisdom. I
knew that as older as he was, that the older I got, the more I depended on
him. And I said that a lot of the religions in the Fijian Islands were
all Sunday, and dad had mentioned something about the Sunday law, but at
the time when I was living in darkness, I was so overwhelmed and so confused. I had
no real experience and knowledge to really understand. And I just thought
there was so many different religions, it’s so hard to pick just one. So I
talked to my dad. He was an Adventist. And he was clean, he was holy, and so I
thought “hmm…” And to me, out of all the things that I
saw, the most important thing to me was love. And the people in the Fiji Islands
definitely showed me a lot of love. That’s one thing that really influenced
me a lot, that the Fijian people were very loving. Even despite the fact that they
had so many different religions, they were all loving. And while I was visiting
dad, I was looking and was impressed with the Catholic Church. I knew I didn’t really
want to read the Catholic book as much because they added so many different
things. They added things like white lie; was not quite as dangerous.
But I was quite taken with the church and the religion as a whole because they
had a large number of membership in their congregation. I thought that was
impressive, compared to the Adventist Church, you had
a relatively small number of membership. And it didn’t matter where you went, it
was very easy to find a Catholic individual because there were so many of
them. And I thought they had it all. They seemed to have the wealth that went
along with it. And I told my dad this and he said “you know back in Fiji you can
find an Adventist, that Fijian over there on the island”. I thought “hmm…” but I
thought maybe that my dad would know because maybe dad had some connection
with God that God had given him some inside information and God’s grace had
told him. So I got to meet more people while I was there. I thought that was
interesting. Dad had encouraged me to go back to Fiji and to try to get to
know the Islanders a little more, to be able to find out who
the Adventist Christian is. So I flew back to Fiji and I thought that this was a
great time to get out to get to know the Fijians. So I would go hang out with a
farmer and help him with his farm work or I would find a connection with
someone and I found that there was a deeper connection with the people on the
island. However, I did not find any Adventist Christians like I had hoped. So I was thinking about this and as time
went on one incident that had occurred while I was away. I had left my valuables
on the island. Now, understand that we were living in a third world country. I had to
use things like a solar-powered charger for my phone. It was a device they set
out in the Sun. I would charge my phone battery. I had many things of values like
that–camping equipment and whatnot. So while I was away I had locked those
things up but on the island you had to make sure it was a well locked up
because the younger generations will go through and they would steal. I was very
discouraged when I came back from New Zealand to find out that my valuables
were gone. But in the same time I thought “well, I guess I needed it more than me”. I
didn’t say much but I was very discouraged. My valuables were gone.
They were lost. All the things that I had, all the stuff the things that would help me
in my future travels were gone. And I question God, why this would happen to
me. But I thought, reflecting back on time I grew up, that
they probably needed it more than I did and I learned from that experience. But I
was terribly confused at the same time. So I decided one evening, it was cool of
the night on the island, I was taking a walk along the beach and down aways on the beach was a house with the gentleman on the porch that waved me over. So I
thought “okay”. So I walked over and we exchanged greetings and I had seen this
gentleman before. He seemed like a very humble person, a very nice friendly
individual. I thought, you know, I thought he was really nice and we were
talking. I said “yeah, I just visited my dad and he’s Adventist”. And I was
talking to this man and all of the sudden he’s got this look on his face, like a very
surprised looked. And he opened his arms to give me a hug. And I thought “well, I
wonder what’s going on with this man, why he’s looking at me like this?” And he said
“I’m Adventist too!” Now it was my turn to be completely shocked and I didn’t know
what to say. I was left speechless. And we hugged each other because in that moment
we became true brothers in Christ. We had a connection. So all the things that I
had left, all my items that I had that were not stolen I brought there and with
me. We had a true connection. I didn’t have anybody else on the island that I
could talk to, besides this man, because he was the only Adventist person
I could find. The island only had about 30 individuals and there was many
different religions. Many Catholics and different religions
that were on the island. There was actually only two individuals. Well, I
should say one really but the other individual kind of left the church and
came back to the church. So I wasn’t there all the time but this gentleman
that I met when, whom was able to talk with and understand. And I thought this is
incredible flying back from New Zealand and now finding this Adventist Christian. I
was so excited! We had deep, meaningful conversations, him
and I, and it was great. So I was able to talk with him about Adventist and we
were able to discuss different aspects of religion. We had conversations late
into the night about religion. His house was there on the beach. There was another
house that was not too far from his. It was kind of a dilapidated house where the
floor was not quite together with squeak when he walked on.
The walls were not straight anymore, and the roof was caving in. It looked like
it had been a victim of a hurricane in the past. It used to be on the beach
right there, there was a number of houses but they had been wiped away from a
hurricane. It was the only house that was left, which was perfect for me because I
just took my tent and I camped out there with my hammock and I had my mosquito
net up to protect me from the mosquito bites. And as I lay there in my hammock
looking on the beach I thought this is the life, third-world country living
is for me. And I started to search God. Every single night I would have a
campfire right there on the beach and I would look at the ocean surf and I was
able to think and reflect upon things that I was learning. And it’s funny because
I’d close my eyes and I would dream “oh no, I don’t want to be in the city anymore”. And
I wake up and there was a single light still on and I thought this is great. I
look about on that time in my life with fondness. But as time went on, I was able
to converse with this gentleman. And you know it’s funny, on that island,
many people they lived on the island, they were all dark-skinned. I was the
only person that had light skin on the island. So they didn’t really know my
name, they just identified me as the the deaf guy. They say “oh, the deaf guy, yeah,
we know who he is” which was super cool. So I was able to study more with this
gentleman and be able to ask the questions that I was
wondering about, asking about Adventist, and asking about religion and
all the well God’s grace was working on my heart.
And I reached a point where I said “I want to be baptized!” And he looked at
me dumbfounded and he said “oh…” The reason why he was so struck with this is the
only Adventist pastor was on another Island. And on that particular island there
was no Adventist pastor. As we discussed, it I said “I have a deep yearning to be
baptized, I want to have a relationship with God”. So we had no way to contact
this Adventist pastor. Not every person had a phone. In
fact, being on the island that was a third world country one phone would help
10 people. 10 people had to share that one phone. And they would have to
solar-power it. So they had to plug in with the solar power. So everyone was
dependent upon this one phone so it was difficult to get communication across to
another Island. But I shared with this gentleman that I was ready to be
baptized but at the same time my Catholic friends that I had met on the
island were very upset and accused gentlemen of the Adventist Church
stealing me, so there was a bit of a disagreement between the two groups
and I finally had to put a stop to it and explain that this was my decision,
that God gave me this enlightenment and I wanted it to be baptized. I didn’t want
there to be a war. And I noticed that with the Catholic friends that I had
that there was now backstabbing and things that were said about me that were
not very nice. And I let it go knowing that that’s
human nature. In the world that’s human nature and here on this earth everyone’s
the same. The most important thing to me, at the time, was learning how to be on my
knees, to pray, to ask God “what do I do? What do I do with all this? What do I do
with sin and temptation?” And God would give me grace, and He would
give me light. And I was impressed with the thought that I have to be connected
with these people because they’ve hurt me, the Catholic people had hurt me. And I
relied upon God’s wisdom, and God’s love to show love to these people too. I had no
experience before this with God’s leading in my life, but now I did, and I
felt it very strongly that God was leading me. So I understood
what was going on between the two and I apologized to my Catholic friends. And the
reason why I had picked that Island, to begin with, is because I had a best
friend who was Catholic. And we were very close. And every time that I had come to
the island, I met my friend on the first time I come to the island. When I came
the fourth time I wanted to come and stay with him. This gentleman had an experience in the past with hotel work and he was very
experienced and we became close friends very fast. But I did learn over email
communication that he was very sick. We had communicated via email and we
had gone back and forth. Thinking on the world country communication, when I was
in another part of the world, communication was very difficult for him
to get to me because it’s slower. It’s not the fast paced time that we have.
So our email conversations would take place roughly once every six months. But
over the six-month period of time I’d wait to get a message back and I would
send him a message as well. And I realized that he was sick, as we converse
back and forth. I realized he was sick. We agreed upon a lot of things before and I
had flown, I had decided, because he had told me that he was sick, that I was
going to fly to the island to see him. I flown there and I saw him in the
hospital. Now, I think it was around a year or so before that that I decided I
was going to move to the island to be with him. I had my bags packed and
everything that I had possession wise was completely sold out.
I got rid of everything. I chose to take on a new life
on the island and I was ready. I had my bags packed. This is before we conversed, but first but then I found out of course that he was sick. But I thought, you know,
this is going to be really great– freedom for me. Because living in a
third world country I didn’t need all my possessions.
So I contacted my friend and I was very set on going to the island and we
emailed back and forth and again he had mention he was sick and I thought
“sickness…” I didn’t think it was really any big deal I thought it was just, you
know, maybe he just had a light cold or something like that. But then as the
months went on he had this illness that still persisted. I didn’t really
understand everything that was going on but I made the decision to come anyway.
And when I came and I saw my friend who used to be this robust, strong person
I saw him and his muscles were atrophied and I said “hello” and
I saw him, he couldn’t even talk for himself. His mom had to lean
down and listen to him and then translate to me what he said because he
couldn’t speak for himself. And the thought struck me “this is my best friend
lying here on this bed”. I was completely shocked and I was grieved. I had brought
everything I had left in the world. Because, remember, I had gotten rid of
everything minus my two bags because I was coming to live here. And I saw him lying
in the bed, life wasting away from him, and I was really shocked. So as I looked at him
and I saw how sick he was and I thought “wow”. They said that he had
his ups and downs and that he was okay but he was in doing well. His parents
gave me a key to their house, so I took them up on the offer. To get to
their place out on the island it was about a four hour boat ride so I got out
to the house and I went into my best friend’s room and out of respect for my
best friend I cleaned up his room. And I enjoyed my time there. I stayed there for
about a week all alone in that house and I enjoyed it. It was very comforting to
me. Now I missed my best friend who I knew was not doing well in the hospital not
very far away but I never forgot sitting there and just thinking about
him. One night in particular I remember laying in bed sleeping, and I couldn’t
sleep very well, I tossed and turned, I was sweating profusely and it was about
1 or 2 o’clock in the morning I was just sweating, I was tossing and turning. I
went out on the beach and just screamed to the sky “why?” I was wrestling with this,
and I was drenched with sweat. I was not doing well. And I made a decision to go
back to bed. I climbed in bed pulled the blanket up and suddenly the bed was
completely dropped out from under me. It was such a quick thing where it would
dropped out and came back under me really quickly.
And after that point in time the sweat had gone away but it was just that
moment where the bed was completely dropped out from under me and came back
under me in a matter of seconds and I was able to breathe easier out, the sweat
had gone away. I had never experienced anything like this before in my life but
I was able to sleep peacefully after that moment. So the next morning I got up
and I was aware of the activity that was going on around the house and there was
a lot of activity. That was happening around the house and people knew
that the person who lived in that the house was my best friend and so
one of the Islanders had come and said we’re sorry to tell you that your best
friend passed away in the middle of the night. And I was quietly reflecting on
that and thinking about it. And soon, not too long after that, a boat had arrived and
his parents had come and I asked his parents what time had he passed away in
the middle of the night? They said that it was about 1 or 2 o’clock in the
morning. Now, remember that the bed being stripped away from me and brought back
in a matter of seconds had happened around the same time. And now I had
understood that that was probably due to the fact that my best friend had passed
away in the middle of the night and I thought “that was really interesting,
that expert that experience that I had”. But there was that gentleman
that I had met on the island, the only Adventist and, remembered now going
back to my story, I had wrestled with the Adventist truth. I’d gone back and forth with the Catholic Church. Now you understand the background of why the
Catholic people had wrestled with that so much. It’s because of my friend that I
had moved there and tried living with the Catholic people. So now as I was studying
more about the Adventist and learning more about what they believe. I believed
wholeheartedly in prayer and I continually prayed. And my good friends
there on the island, I had three good friends. There was
another friend. They came to me and said “we want to join the Adventist Church” but
I feel stuck and I advised my friend “which is more important to follow the
world or to follow God?” and my friend didn’t know what to say. I said “it’s most
important to follow Christ. He knows and he sees everything that happens in the
world. He knows all of the people. He’s the one that created them. It’s Him.
Everything is His. He knows everything”. This is all things that I had learned I
said “it’s important to learn from Christ not to learn from the world but from
Christ only. It’s important to look at Him. It’s important to see that His grace
is leading us. The Father the Son and the Holy Spirit in your life, to have
that connection with Him so strongly it’s the most important thing. That’s
where you need to be led.” And that’s what I had advised my friend and I understand
where he was coming from, living on the island as many years as he had, and how
difficult it was. But I explained the Adventists truth to my friend and so I
got really super excited because I decided to make that that step towards
baptism, to be joined to the Adventist Church. And especially now after my best
friend had passed away, I was reflecting back on that time. There was my best
friend that passed away, there on the island. They had a funeral
and out of respect for the family, a number of Islanders from other
islands would come to the one island that he lived on, and would attend the
funeral services. So as a funeral procession went through, I was watching
and I was thinking. And I saw his parents. His parents had mentioned that now that
their son was dead, they wanted me to become their honorary son, out of
respect. They were being very kind to me. But I felt that God was telling me to
let them know that I would pray for them but God’s light was working on my heart.
And I told them that I would pray for them, out of respect. And one
thing that I did do is, his dad was very discouraged, and he didn’t say much,
but he knelt down, and out of respect in their culture, I would hold on to his
foot, and I would kiss it, as part of a respect for their culture, to let them
know that I was sorry for their loss. And I apologized to them, but I mentioned
that I was Adventist, or was studying to become Adventist, and they were Catholic,
and I wanted to be respectful, but there was no way I was going to be able to be
their son, so I hugged them and they understood. But I thought about that time,
about the loss that had happened, but then I thought I’m on to a new life, I’m
on to a life where I gave God my heart. And I thought about that
and they understood. So we greeted each other on the island,
so many different friends there seeing each other. And I continued my
studies and as I was getting ready to move, because I was not looking at the
Catholic religion anymore, I was looking at the Adventist truth, and I was
learning to love God. God’s love I saw in many different religions. Now, I did not
understand at the time, because remember in the past, that I was living in
darkness, and I saw so many different religions, but I didn’t understand, but
then, after I started studying, I did understand more. And I thought I saw the
same thing and a lot of the different religions but I decided to be baptized.
We took a boat ride over to the Big Island.
And when I got to the Big Island I saw that there was so many Adventists there
that I was shaking their hands and I explained to them why I wanted to be
baptized I said “this is where I want to be, I want to baptized”. And I mentioned
that my dad was Seventh-day Adventist and so after going through what I believe they
found that I was ready to be baptized. I was so excited, I was looking
forward to my baptism day, meeting so many new friends, new Adventist friends,
and they gave me the traditional Fijian baptismal clothing: the black skirt and
the white shirt. And there was an Adventist individual who had given me
the Ten Commandments as part of the baptismal vows and had gone over them
with me telling me how important it is to follow the Ten Commandments that
God had given. I’m always impressed with the fact that God only gives us Ten
Commandments. In the world there are so many different laws and things that we
have to memorize. It it’s very difficult. But God only gets His 10 simple rules
that He has–ten simple laws. And I was impressed with that. And, you know,
when I think back to that time, they didn’t really have watches,
they had just sunsets and that’s what marked time. But I was baptized
and my old life had gone away. It was like my old clothes were taken off, that
God had stripped me of my old self. That time in my life was no longer important
when I walked in darkness. God had given me a new life, new friends and had given
me the gospel to share. I had a connection with Him I had a deep and
meaningful connection with Him. I wanted to become one with Him. And I became a
person who was loving like wanted to have God’s blessings in my life.
And I started to tell people about God and I said the most important thing was
God’s love that I didn’t have to fall but it was just very important that I
had that change that happened. And after I became baptized it became a new
individual and I was blown away by what God was doing.
So I went back to the island that I was living on, and after I was baptized, I was
impressed with how many people that were Adventists on the Big Island versus the
one Adventist individual that I met and funny, that two things I thought about, one thing was a boat ride that we had
taken one time. And I was in the boat with two other individuals who are
Catholic they were sitting in one part of the boat while I sat on the other
part and the purpose of going was to go to a different Island to get food to
bring back our clothes or different material items to bring back to that
island because, remember, the island lived in more of a third world country style,
so you didn’t have a lot of things I would go on this boat ride and bring
back all this food and clothing. But as we started out in the boat, I started to
feel very funny. it felt very heavy and I thought “this is very strange… I wonder why
it feels so funny”. I felt very heavy. So the two other
individuals that were in the boat, one was the captain, who had years of
experience leading a boat, and I thought “why am I so discouraged? why do I feel so
heavy?” And I had my stuff there that was in a waterproof container
in case it fell off the boat. So I’m looking around the boat just
trying to figure out what was leading me to feel so heavy, to feel so upset. And I
started to feel very discouraged I thought “that’s very interesting”. So as we
were going on this boat ride there was the anchor that would anchor
the boat in place, but the anchor was drawn up and it was hanging on the side
of the boat which wasn’t a big deal and it was on the inside of the boat
it wasn’t hanging down it was just hanging there on the
side of the boat, so that was normal. And as we were riding on this boat, we were
going about 40 mph at the time and everything was fine. So the boat
ride was about 40 mph, so I was just sitting there.
As we were skimming the waters and the boat was traveling along, jumpy, it was
bouncing up and down on the waves and the two guys were singing the boat I
couldn’t hear them of course because I was deaf and they were chit-chatting in
the back of the boat and I was just impressed with the beauty around me.
And I was enjoying the wind as it was whipping my clothes, and whipping my hair,
as we were cruising along on the water at 40 mph. All of a sudden the
anchor that was sitting on the side of the boat had got up underneath the boat
and it wrapped around the motor. Now, remember that I was sitting in the
front of the boat and I was holding on to the sides of the boat and I went
with the boat. And all of a sudden I was knocked unconscious. When I woke up I was
still in the boat and I was looking around and I noticed the clouds were
swirling around, and there was black smoke that was coming from the motor
that was still running, as I’m laying in this boat. There was nobody else in the
boat but me. And I’m looking around for the two other guys “where did they go?” They
had been knocked out at the boat and they were swimming towards the boat
and they were yelling at me to get the rope out of the boat
because, remember, the rope had got caught up in the engine and
the motor and it was wrapped around, and they were telling me to to pull the rope
out. It got twisted up, which is why the boat had gone in circles. It was going in
circles. And the two gentlemen, like I said, they were thrown out
of the boat at the time that it happened, and I it was only a few
seconds that I was knocked out. And as I woke up, I noticed that the sky was
twirling around, which meant the boat was going in circles. And the motor was still
running, and it was twisting the boat around in circles. So it was going
around in circles and the two guys were yelling at me to get the rope out of the
engine out of the motor. And so I climbed back there and I ripped the anchor out
of the motor and the motor finally stopped. The two gentlemen had gotten
into the boat. And from that point they treated me with a different kind of
respect. And I didn’t understand it why they were honoring me in such a way.
They saw my connection with God and I said it’s nothing special with me, it’s
only my connection with God. But, remember, I had told you that people in the island
had talked about God? It was always “God this” and “God that”. Now
I understood why they did that. I understood now, it was nothing of
my doing, that God had led me, and God had kept me safe. And I had that connection
with God. God had come into my heart. And they had full respect for me.
And as I got back to the island, word had gotten around that I had a connection
with God, and people recognized that as “he has a connection with God, he’s
a person who knows God”. And I thought, “No, that’s not the way it’s supposed to be.
I have connection with God, but I had come from a life of going up and down and not
really know where I was going, until I become baptized. and I have this deep
connection with God and I was honored by that”. And I have I have marks
from when that happened I have scars of things that had happened to me in that
boat ride because it had hurt me. And so I have a scar to remind myself of that
incident and how God had led me. So when I came back to the island and Catholic
individuals had been on one side and the other. Now, my best friend had passed away,
the other incident that had happened. And there on the island, there was a person
who governed the island, and he had two sons. Now, one son
had problem with alcoholism he would drink often and he had
a lot of difficult times, and unfortunately he passed away. And it was
only I think about a year span of time. And there were three people who had
died actually–three individuals that I knew of that had passed away. My friend
of course, the best friend I spoke of, that had passed away. And his family was
very upset about it and some of the family that lived in the area there on
the island. Then, there was the governor’s son and there was another individual. And I
got to thinking about this and it really it made me sad to think that so many
people had passed away. Now, I’m not saying that they were being punished or
anything like that, but I don’t know, maybe, I thought at the time, that perhaps
because they had backstabbed me, that God was punishing them, and I didn’t think
that afterwards, but I thought maybe that God was punishing them. But I thought
seriously about it and I made a decision, because I wanted to believe what the
Adventist believe, and taking a look at everybody who passed away, I decided to
be baptized as an Adventist. And I was so excited, I was so happy, and
I shared that with my dad too, and he was overjoyed to know that I had been
baptized! And while I told him, he was crying and he was happy and I got to
thinking about that. Now, I was fourth generation Adventist!
Everyone in my family for three generations back were Adventist, I was
the fourth generation Adventist. And I’m not married yet, I don’t have kids yet,
but to think that my child when they’re born, are going to be fifth generation
Adventist, it’s exciting! So I remember the time, thinking back on that, that
everyone who had passed away in my life were Catholic and anyone who I thought it
was Adventist, there was nobody that had passed away. The thought really made me
think. There on the Big Island that I was baptized, I later decided to go back to
the big island. You know, I understand the little island and
people had died there and I decided that I was just gonna move back to the big
island, there in Fiji. There was a bigger number of Adventist that I could share
with, that I could connect with. There were vegetarians their! Traditional Fiji
diet–usually they eat meat. The Adventist believe in vegetarianism. And
Fiji people, they eat meat, they don’t believe in vegetarianism, but I
when I went back to the Big Island, being Adventist, I was able to be a vegetarian.
I was able to learn more deeply about the Adventist truths and
have a deeper walk with God a deeper connection with Him by living on the Big
Island. And I had planned, because I had no money, and no material wealth so to
speak, to stay in Fiji indefinitely. I was completely broke. I lived in a third
world country I didn’t have any money, no money to my name, and I had decided
to stay there. There was no need for worrying about wealth or worrying about
material goods in a third world country. That’s how they lived and I was very
well set to live that way as well. I honored their way of life. I was happy to
be a farmer. They loved each other, they had a connection with each other. And I
asked them don’t you ever worry about not having any money or not having other
items. And the answer was commonly told me “No, we have a farm and that’s all we
need”. And I thought that was very a neat way of living. So I shared with my dad
that I planned on staying in Fiji indefinitely, and my dad had said
“Well, just think about it, because you may think about going back to Canada.
You know God may have something for you there”. I had no money and I told dad I
had no money right now. But I decided to give that to God, because I relied wholly
on God. And I gave my heart and everything else to God. And I gave Him
everything. And I felt that God was calling me into Canada. And I prayed
about this over and over again, and for the fourth time I felt that God was
calling me to Canada. And I talked with my dad about it and my dad lived in New
Zealand, like I’d mentioned before, and I asked dad, if he’d be willing to help me,
because I had to apply to go to Canada, and dad helped me and it happened right
away. And so I agreed dad had sent me the money that I needed for the airline
ticket, so I got that taken care of. And everything that I needed, all the
valuables that I had, and everything else. The people they were so loving.
They gave me a lot of things that I needed, but I only had one bag. I only had
about three hundred dollars in my pocket, and I know that I didn’t have a lot of
things. My dad helped me was what I needed. And I flew to British Columbia,
Canada. And all of the values that I had, remember, I had sold out everything, so I
had no real clothes. I showed up with the shorts and a t-shirt and I had planned
that God was going to help me to take care of this if this is where He wanted
me, that God was gonna help me. So I made the flight from Fiji to BC and I wasn’t
sure when I got here, I didn’t really know a lot about BC. I didn’t know who my
friends were but I thought it was important to have love, to show them and,
you know, there was one gentleman that I met that was really nice and friendly.
I didn’t have any place to sleep. I found one person who was willing to
let me sleep on their sofa. I found whatever I could, whether it be a floor
or a couch, or whomever house I could sleep in. And I think it was almost five
months after I arrived, I had no job, I prayed every single day that God would
help me. And I had $300 to begin with but that was slowly dwindling down I only
had about a day’s worth of food at a time. I was hungry.
But I thought “I have water. The most important thing is have water. With water,
I won’t die.” I knew that I might shrivel up a little bit but with water I’d be
fine and with the little food that I have I’d be okay. I was given a little
bit of food here and there that I could find.
I had my resume, I applied, but I was praying everyday. The most important
thing that I want to stress is I prayed, and God continually gave me his grace.
God impressed my heart. And I remember in Fiji the time that I had there, and
the experiences that God gave me there made me stronger. Five months in BC, I
think it was around six months, I finally found a job. And with my experience, I was
able to get a job. But relying fully on God, that God would give me what I needed,
and the Holy Spirit in the gospel, and reminding myself, because
remember I don’t have my heart anymore that I gave my heart to God, that God was
the one leading me that I wasn’t leading myself. The most important thing
is that I kept my eyes open and my mouth closed, just relying on God to see how He
was going to lead me. And after I hit rock bottom, things started to grow, I
started to grow. And I started to get clothes. And remember, that it was getting
close to winter time, and there was a store that was not very far away that
was giving away clothes. So I went and got some winter
clothes and the very next day it started to snow. And I was so enamored with
the snow. In five years time I had not seen snow. And I was out playing and I was
looking at my clothes and I was thinking that God’s Spirit had told me, God had
warned me that I needed to get the clothes needed for winter so I started
to grow from there and my relationship with God grew too. And the time
has gone by so fast, so incredibly fast, how time just flies. And I’m just
amazed and awed. God’s Holy Spirit is so powerful. His grace is so powerful.
It’s infinitely more than I can understand. And I believe
in Jesus. And I know that life is short. And I tell people “You know that life
is short. But if you believe in God, life becomes a whole lot longer”. So every
single day, when I look back on those memories, and I look at the world, and I
think about my conversion, and I look at the story that God has given me, my
conversion story far outweighs what the world can offer me. To those who
don’t know His name, don’t even know Him deeply, those who are walking
around in blindness, I’m just letting you know, that it can
outweigh it. It’s not worth that I understand, the gospel being preached,
being shown, showing love– those are things that are important.
We don’t need enemies. People think they might be enemies.
It might be on the opposite side of the fence than us, but we
don’t need enemies. The most important thing is having a relationship with
Christ, knowing that God loves you, that He forgives you. It’s most important to
become brothers and sisters, to have a connection, to understand that having
connection like family. Relying completely on Jesus is amazing, it’s
awesome. I don’t fully understand. I know that my time in the past living in
darkness and I understand where you’re coming from. But now that I’m in
Christ, I have a completely new way of understanding. And I don’t know
everything, I’m not an expert, I’m still learning, I’m a baby, just like anyone
else who’s new. But I look at God and I know that I hunger and thirst more after
God. Soon, Jesus is going to come again. It’s very soon, and I’m looking forward
to that time, I’m looking forward to going home. That’s the best place to be.
People here that are in this country and here, that’s not even worth it. The best
home you may think is here, but it’s not! It’s in heaven!
I want that so much! I want to have the Holy Spirit and I want to be pure and
holy just like Him! And I look at these words in the Bible
and I’m inspired! This world may be an okay place to be. It’s most important to
share with people, to tell people that soon Jesus is coming. It may be tomorrow,
it may be today. I don’t know when it will be, but it’s very soon, friends. We
are so close, so close to that time! You may wake up, and Christ may be here. You
have to tell your friends! Tell people we’ve got to go home! Where we can be in
a place called a home, where we can laugh we can have relationship with each other,
we can talk to each other forever! And it’s going to be so pure, and we’re gonna
have new clothes, and bodies that are just gonna be so new. And God’s gonna clean us,
and we’re gonna be brand new. I believe in that, and if you have a desire to be
baptized, God will give you understanding as well. You can have a relationship with
Him. It’s difficult after people are baptized. It’s hard you may be in a place
where it’s difficult, I understand that. But it’s important to have a connection
to understand. The feelings say “yes, yes”, to share with other individuals, to share
your testimony. You have a testimony that’s important, because Jesus is coming.
His Holy Spirit is so powerful and I’m so happy! I’d like to go ahead and close
with a prayer. Thank you, Father in Heaven, so much for allowing me to share my
testimony of how I gave my heart to You. Now, I hope the viewers who are watching
this have a complete understanding of how you’ve changed me. Thank you that
you’re coming soon. I pray that the brothers and sisters here would have a
connection with each other, that we can have a connection together. That they
would tell people more. That even if it’s preached the Deaf that it would be in
their language, that they would understand. That giving our hearts to You
is the best place to have them, in heaven. Thank You for giving us a strong belief
in You. Please inspire us with Your Word in Jesus Holy Name we pray. Amen.

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