“I found Hillsong Channel and began connecting with God in a way I had never known before.”
I was born with learning difficulties, a speech impediment, and hearing loss which made it hard for people to understand me.
Growing up, I was an easy target for bullies. Kids at school would come up to me at recess and lunch, get in my face, and shout things like, “Hey Christopher, say this word or that word” — words I found hard to pronounce. And when I did, the kids would laugh at me and call me all sorts of horrible names, knowing I’d get agitated. There’d be a scuffle and I’d be the one hauled to the principal’s office and sent home or suspended. I was always in the principal’s office.
Despite the bullying, I had dreams for my life. At one point, I wanted to be a law enforcement officer —maybe so I could protect vulnerable people like me — but with my disability, this wasn’t possible.
Life hasn’t always been easy, but I’ve learned to deal with it. Although I went to church as a kid and was baptized, I never had a real, living faith – the kind of faith you need to get you through the tough times.
Then everything changed.
I went to a Winter Jam music event where Young and Free were playing. I had been a fan of Hillsong music for years, but after that concert, I decided it was time to get serious with God.
Then, as I was going to check out a local church I had thought about attending, Covid-19 hit and everything shut down. That’s when I found Hillsong Channel and began connecting with God in a way I had never known before.
I have fallen in love with Jesus and have read the Bible more in the past 12 months than in any time since accepting Jesus. I am now a Team Box supporter and watch Hillsong on Live Stream every Sunday. Even though I am based in Ohio, I feel as though I am right there in Sydney, Australia.
Thank you, Pastors Brian and Bobbie and the Hillsong family, for getting me back on the right path and helping me find my voice.