“I am living proof that Jesus Christ can redeem your past, your pain, your passions and your life.”
“I’ve heard Pastor Brian say, ‘Take your message to the world,’ and recently I decided to do this. I grew up in an Irish Catholic family with an alcoholic father who abandoned us when I was 14. After he left, I suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a stranger. The abuse took me on a path of seeking affection from other men. I was looking for love and guidance in all the wrong ways.
At 18, I picked up a job as a DJ and male stripper. I experimented with drugs and just about everything else. Then I was diagnosed with HIV, which drove me to think about eternity and God. I read the Bible and had a conversion experience, but with no one to mentor me, I drifted. I moved from Connecticut to New York and secured work in the music industry, getting swallowed up by the nightclubs, drug culture and sexual immorality. In the midst of all this, I contracted Hepatitis C and almost died. Again, I found myself questioning my choices.
After a brief sabbatical, I decided to repent and walk away from everything. Then I saw an interview on TV with Carl Lentz, which led me to Hillsong Church. When I walked into the Hammerstein Ballroom for the first time, I felt the tangible presence of God – I thought, This is exactly what I need. While still struggling with demons from my past, a friend from Hillsong suggested I seek healing for generational trauma.
Soon after counselling and prayer, I experienced supernatural deliverance. I was no longer bound to the sinful desires that had been such a part of my identity. I believe I experienced a miraculous transformation. It hasn’t been easy, but Hillsong Church and the Channel have helped me navigate my journey forward. Messages by Pastor Carl, Joseph Prince, Christine Caine and others really minister to me. Along with the Word of God, Hillsong Channel strengthens me every day. I am living proof that Jesus Christ can redeem your past, your pain, your passions and your life.”
– Michael, USA