From addiction to freedom

vinay-portraitGreetings to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am Vinay Moses and am from Bangalore city, in the state of Karnataka, India. I want to share my testimony.
I was born in a God-loving family of four. My father is a minister of God, as well as my mother. My sister is also a missionary in the Church of the Nazarene.

My family is a Christian family but I was not on the right track. I started to smoke in my sixth standard, and also got involved with drinking, using marijuana and pornography. I continued with all of this until I was addicted.
Somehow I passed my 10th grade and I went to pre-University College. I didn’t attend regularly. The management of the college permitted me to write my exams in my first year. Somehow I passed my first year, but in the second year the management didn’t permit me to write exams because of my attendance shortage. So my life became hopeless and I had all these bad habits that controlled me, and I started to continue to do those things even more and more.

In the midst of all this, I was listening to gospel songs. One time when I was listening to a song by Kari Jobe called “Yaweh,” God spoke to me through that song and I felt that there is hope for my life, even though I had messed up — not pursuing proper education and having all these bad habits. I started crying. That day I decided not to waste my tears and committed my life to Jesus. And Jesus started to change my life. Jesus took me to Y.W.A.M. (Youth with a Mission). There He changed my life drastically. I accepted that I was a sinner and I needed a savior and the savior is Jesus alone. I prayed the prayer of repentance. Now I proudly say I was a sinner and Jesus came for me to this earth and died for my sins and for my mistakes and rose again on the third day to life again. And now my life is awesome. Jesus has been doing great things in my life.
God started to change my life. On one fine day, God took me to M+Power orientation (training for people in Eurasia who want to be sent as cross-cultural volunteers in the church.). There I met Rev. Daniel, the district superintendent of Sri Lanka. He invited me to come to Srilanka as a missionary. I was very happy to receive the invitation and went to Sri Lanka, where I worked among the child development centers and the youth. I led staff devotions and also I got the opportunity to lead worship twice on Sundays. I taught on the subject of worship to youth, pastors and the Bible college students.

I thank God for his grace and the Rev.Daniel for inviting me and hosting me. I thank the pastor’s family and Shalom Church of the Nazarene congregation for their hospitality and care. Thanks for this great opportunity and for making this mission trip wonderful. q
— Vinay Moses served as an M+Power volunteer from India to Sri Lanka.

— This story was originally published in the November 2016 edition of Where Worlds Meet, the monthly newsletter of the Church of the Nazarene Eurasia Region.

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