How did you come to know the Lord?
I came to know the Lord… that was in 2002, when I had taken four years without going to church because I had been disappointed by the Catholic church that I was… a member of. Instead of picking me to go to seminary—that was secondary school seminary—I had passed, but instead the priest replaced me with a cousin. So anyway, that was enough grounds for me to say, “I'm quitting church. If the priest is doing like that, all of us will go to hell right now, so I don't care.”
But, after four years, the pastor from the Baptist church, a local Baptist church, came home. Actually, we found him preaching at home. But when I saw him, I had already grown some big bitterness against all church people. So, I didn't like it, so I dodged. I used the other way to get into my quarters.
But I was surprised that my sister came because he had been sharing the good news with my sister, and it just surprised me that my sister is telling me that the pastor would like to come here or you follow him. So, that was my first time to have that kind of experience where a preacher is insisting on that. I thought he would just go. But then he said, "It's either I come there, or you follow me." So we said—you know, we were embarrassed to because we were troublemakers in the community—so we said, "If you be sharing, outside people will see us humbled, so let him come inside the house so that no one sees us."
So that's when he preached the good news, repentance, the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and I got saved right there. So that, the moment I got saved, I joined a Presbyterian church, which was nearby. Yeah, after some time, I was called to lead another church, so that's where I am right now.
Did you grow up in the Catholic church?
Yeah, up to when I was, uh, should've been around 19 years. Around 19, 20 years, I'd been Catholic, yeah.
You said your sister had been talking with the pastor, but is the rest of your family still Catholic?
Yeah, all of them are Catholics. It’s only me who's outside the Catholic Church.