“Even in darkness, I knew God was with me.”
“Back in Venezuela, life was hard. Our family struggled to find work and we didn’t have enough money for food. I became very depressed and started hanging out with the wrong crowd and drinking a lot. I had lost my way. But at 18, I had an encounter with God.
One day, I was listening to the radio and heard a church song. It reminded of my childhood when I used to go to church with my grandmother. I felt like God was saying to me, ‘Oswaldo, go back to church.’ After finding a local church, I started serving and then met some friends who introduced me to Hillsong music. I love Hillsong United and Hillsong Young and Free. One song, ‘Never Alone,’ helped me so much. Even in darkness, I knew God was with me.
When our family were granted visas for America, we were so happy. Within months, I’d found a job and was able to buy our first TV. I put the TV in our living room and then my stepfather set up an antenna. One night, I was searching the channels and found Hillsong Channel. I was so excited! Suddenly, I could watch all the shows and the concerts. Every time Hillsong Channel is on, I sense God’s presence and I feel at peace. One time, I saw my mum watching Hillsong Channel; and after that, she started going to church more.
– Oswaldo, USA