In 2003 I met Jesus. I’d been living a life void of purpose and meaning. The crazy thing was that I had everything that a young guy from Durbs could want, a decent cash flow, the right girl and the respect and envy of my peers. But with every pursuit after things or people that I thought would help me find my place on the planet, I was met by a dead end of disappointment and a desperate hope that there was more to life than what I had experienced. Then one day I actually listened to the counsel of my “Crazy Christian” mother and said ‘yes’ to following Jesus and allowing him to take charge and lead the way. Well on my journey with him I landed up at UJ(University of Johannesburg) completing my studies in Marketing Management. Even though I was a Christian, I was still trying to figure out this ‘Jesus thing’ and that was when I met a guy called Jide Pariola from His People Campus Ministries, who offered to walk alongside me and show me the ropes of being a disciple of Jesus. Through hanging out with Jide I learnt how to walk closer with Jesus and began to discover my purpose for being on the planet. This was the ‘more to life’ that I’d been searching for. On my way out of UJ as a graduate, my heart began to break for all the students that were enrolling every year, looking for love and life in the same places I once did. It was then that I felt a call to serve as a Campus Minister, telling students about the love of Jesus and helping them find purpose, meaning and their place in this crazy world. As they say, the rest is history.
Like most people, I grew up in a Christian home where my mom was always praying and going to church. When I moved to Joburg in my high school years, I still carried on in that manner….not quite moving in the power of God but a good church-going teenager….until varsity! Varsity for me was a whole new world, I was suddenly in charge of my own life and could do what I pleased, when I pleased. I was at the height of my social life, and there was even a point where I was partying from a Wednesday through to the weekend, every week. Parties, alcohol and drugs became my life, and as a result everything else outside of that suffered: my studies, my relationships, my body, etc. Having a Christian background, I knew this was not the life I was meant to be living, but I struggled to get out, I found myself stuck in this vicious cycle…….until I met Jesus….in 2006. I was at home visiting my sick grandmother in the Eastern Cape, when I witnessed the beauty of a life surrended to Christ from my cousin, Yolo. I surrended my life to Jesus that Sunday…..and my life dramatically changed over that week, and by the time I returned to Joburg, I really felt like a new person. Ever since that time, I’ve been able to experience the immense love of God as my Father, and it has completely turned my life upside-down. It’s this very experience that makes me want to see other people walk in true relationship with the Father. I'm passionate about seeing people fully coming into who God has called them to be.....walking in their calling and destiny! :)
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